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Concert Reviews

short description The Grange Festival 2019 – Verdi’s Falstaff – Robert Hayward, Susan Bickley, Nicholas Lester; directed by Christopher Luscombe; conducted by Francesco Cilluffo
short description Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Stravinsky's Funeral Song & Rachmaninov 1 – Beatrice Rana plays Prokofiev 3
short description San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Programme D – Bound To | Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem | Anima, Animus
short description Vienna Philharmonic at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie – Mariss Jansons conducts Schumann’s Spring Symphony & Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony [live webcast]
short description The Diary of One Who Disappeared at Linbury Theatre
short description Longborough Festival Opera 2019 – Wagner’s Das Rheingold (Der Ring des Nibelungen 1/4) – Mark Stone, Darren Jeffery, Mark Le Brocq, Madeleine Shaw, Adrian Dwyer; directed by Amy Lane; conducted by Anthony Negus
short description San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Programme C – Bespoke | Hummingbird | Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
short description Opera Holland Park 2019 – Puccini's Manon Lescaut – Elizabeth Llewellyn, Peter Auty, Paul Carey Jones; directed by Karolina Sofulak; conducted by Peter Robinson
short description The Royal Ballet – Triple Bill – The Firebird | A Month in the Country | Symphony in C
short description Guildhall School double-bill at Milton Court Theatre – Blow’s Venus and Adonis | Handel’s Aminta e Fillide

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Age of Anxiety & Bolcom's Piano Concerto
short description Birtwistle Refains and Choruses
short description Brahms - The Four Symphonies
short description The Planets + Pluto
short description Some more BBC Legends
short description Hummel Mandolin and Trumpet Concertos
short description Some BBC Legends
short description Beethoven 3,5 and 7 - Solti
short description Piston Chamber Music
short description Georges Pretre on CD - Bizet and Ravel

SoundBite60 Reviews

  Riccardo Muti conducts Schumann’s Four Symphonies
  Antal Dorati conducts Brahms’s Four Symphonies
  Coppélia & Sylvia/Dorati & Fistoulari
  Rossini’s String Sonatas/I Musici
  Schubert: The Ten Symphonies/Neville Marriner
  Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works/Mikhail Pletnev
  Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1-6/Igor Markevitch
  Debussy Préludes/Jorge Bolet
  Chopin Piano Concertos/Jorge Bolet & Charles Dutoit
  Mozart Piano Concertos/Alicia de Larrocha & Georg Solti

Opera 100 Reviews

  Puccini: Il trittico – Il tabarro
  Puccini: Il trittico – Suor Angelica
  Puccini: Il trittico – Gianni Schicchi
  Beethoven: Fidelio
  Britten: Peter Grimes
  Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
  Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
  Wagner: Tannhäuser
  Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
  Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta

Features & Interviews

short description Feature Review: Three days at Swaledale Festival 2019 – Music, Arts & Walking in the Yorkshire Dales [May 25-June 8]
short description Final of inaugural China International Music Competition – Piano – Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, 20 May 2019 [live webcast on amadeus.tv via YouTube]
short description Doris Day – 3 April 1922-13 May 2019 – an appreciation
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites [Showing on May 11]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Recital Round Up [April 27-May 1]
short description Heather Harper 8 May 1930-22 April 2019 – an appreciation
short description Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets
short description Feature review: BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Lili and Nadia Boulanger [Barbican Centre, 6 April 2019]
short description Edward Clark interviews Paavo Järvi regarding his Sibelius Symphony Cycle with Orchestre de Paris for RCA Red Seal
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Wagner’s Die Walküre [Showing on March 30]

Classical News

Royal Opera House: Arnold Rutkowski to sing Don José in Carmen on 16 and 20 July
Julie Felix is 81 today
Free Weekend of Music for Cheltenham Music Festival’s 75th anniversary
Philharmonia Orchestra brings The Virtual Orchestra to Basingstoke in partnership with Anvil Arts and Festival Place during July and August
June Spencer, Peggy Woolley in The Archers, is 100 today
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust are granted approval for UK’s first school to be established in partnership with an orchestra
Sikorski Music Publishing will be combined with Concord Music Publishing’s venerable Boosey & Hawkes division, bringing together two giants of Russian classical copyrights
Houston Chamber Choir Announces Soul-Stirring 2019-2020 Season, Illuminations
Gwynne Howell is 81 today
Lincoln Center Announces 2019 White Light Festival, October 19–November 24
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