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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 King’s College Cambridge – Herbert Howells – Choral Works, including An English Mass | Cello Concerto | Organ Pieces, including Master Tallis’s Testament – Guy Johnston, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Cleobury, Christopher Seaman [King’s College own label]
short description John Andrews conducts Thomas Arne’s The Judgment of Paris – Brook Street Band [Dutton Epoch]
short description Lise Davidsen sings Wagner & Strauss with Philharmonia Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen [Decca]
short description James MacMillan – One Equal Music – The Elysian Singers/Sam Laughton [Signum Classics]
short description Albion Quartet – Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartets Opuses 9 & 96 [Signum Classics]
short description Andrew Manze conducts Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphonies – Sinfonia antartica & No.9 [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Onyx]
short description The Romantic Violin Concerto – 22 – Linus Roth plays Lassen, Scharwenka & Langgaard | BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antony Hermus [Hyperion]
short description Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert, Volume Two – Symphonies 1 & 5 and the Overture to Fierrabras [Basel Chamber Orchestra; Sony Classical digital download]
short description The Fellini Album – The Film Music of Nino Rota – Riccardo Chailly conducts Filarmonica della Scala [Decca]
short description Barry Douglas – Schubert Works for Solo Piano, Volume 4 – Sonatas D537, D575 & D664 [Chandos]

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: Two days at Aldeburgh Festival 2019
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

Classical News

Opera North appointments
RSNO appoints two Associate Leaders | Lena Zeliszewska and Emily Davis to take on joint role of Associate Leader
Concert Artist Guild's Steve Shaiman Resigns
Andrei Kymach wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019
Teatro Regio Torino Intendant Booed at Season Launch
The Light in the Piazza Makes Its London Debut
La Scala: Pereira Is Out, Dominique Meyer Is In
Mingjie Lei from China wins Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 | Five singers – Mingjie Lei, Patrick Guetti, Andrei Kymach, Sooyeon Lee and Guadalupe Barrientos – announced for Main Prize final on Saturday 22 June
Proms 29 & 30: The Warner Brothers Story | Judy Garland, Doris Day, Harry Potter, My Fair Lady
Welcome to the urban jungle: Smithfield Market transforms into a Beastly paradise this August
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