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Concert Reviews

short description Buxton International Festival 2019 – Caldara’s Lucio Papirio Dittatore – Robert Murray, Rowan Pierce, Owen Willetts; directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Adrian Chandler
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Copland – Jan Lisiecki plays Grieg
short description The Royal Opera – Donizetti’s La Fille du regiment – Sabine Devieilhe & Javier Camarena with Miranda Richardson as La Duchesse de Crackentorp; directed by Laurent Pelly; conducted by Evelino Pidò
short description Longborough Festival 2019 – Mozart’s Don Giovanni – Ivan Ludlow, Emyr Wyn Jones, Claire Egan; directed by Martin Constantine; conducted by Thomas Blunt
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Joan Tower & Dvořák’s New World Symphony – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays André Previn’s Violin Concerto
short description Buxton International Festival 2019 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – George Humphreys, David Webb, Shelley Jackson, Angharad Lyddon; directed by Jamie Manton; conducted by Adrian Kelly
short description The Grange Festival 2019 – The John Wilson Orchestra with Matt Ford & Louise Dearman – Gershwin in Hollywood
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler 5 – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K482
short description Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along @ Guildhall School of Music & Drama, directed by Martin Connor
short description Mark Bebbington at St John’s Smith Square – Impromptus & Piano Sonatas – Schubert D899 & D644 and Chopin B-minor

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 41 – London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Rimsky-Korsakov, Liadov & Glazunov – Alexander Ghindin plays Rachmaninov
short description Proms at … Holy Sepulchre London – BBC Singers/Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 40: Queen Victoria's 200th-Anniversary – Ádám Fischer conducts the OAE in Sullivan and the Scottish Symphony – Stephen Hough plays Mendelssohn | Alessandro Fisher sings songs by Prince Albert
short description Prom 39 – BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Elim Chan conducts The Hebrides & Pictures at an Exhibition – Catriona Morison sings Elgar’s Sea Pictures & Errollyn Wallen's This Frame Is Part of the Painting
short description Prom 37: Hallé – Maxime Pascal conducts Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ
short description Prom 38: Solomon’s Knot – Johann Sebastian Bach Cantatas
short description Prom 35: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, ENO Chorus & BBC Singers – Martyn Brabbins’s 60th-birthday concert – Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. | Serenade to Music | Song of Destiny | Enigma Variations
short description Prom 36: Late-Night Mixtape
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 4: Aris Quartett plays Schubert, Sirmen & Haydn
short description Prom 34: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Daniel Barenboim conducts Schubert & Lutosławski – Martha Argerich plays Tchaikovsky

CD Reviews

short description Elgar: The New England Connection, Volume 2 – Falstaff – and George Chadwick’s Tam O’Shanter – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Andrew Constantine [Orchid Classics]
short description St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description The Jupiter Project – adaptations by Clementi, Cramer & Hummel for piano, flute, violin & cello of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, Figaro, Piano Concerto K467 & Jupiter Symphony – David Owen Norris & Friends [Hyperion]
short description Gerald Finzi – Sacred and Secular choral music – Trinity Choir/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas BWV910-916 – Mahan Esfahani [Hyperion]
short description The London Album & The Paris Album – Trio Sonatas – Ensemble Diderot [Audax Records]
short description Ludwig van Beethoven – The Cello Sonatas – Leonard Elschenbroich & Alexei Grynyuk [Onyx]
short description Ivan Ilić plays Haydn Symphonies 44, 75 & 92, transcribed Stegmann for piano [Chandos]
short description The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann – Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC Philharmonic [Chandos]
short description Carlo Maria Giulini conducts Le nozze di Figaro, London 1961 [ICA Classics]

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 Conductor Willem Mengelberg, by Frits Zwart [book review]
short description Arturo Toscanini conducts Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies & Missa solemnis – Pristine Audio's revelatory transcriptions of Studio 8H & Carnegie Hall concerts, 1939-1940
short description English Haydn Festival 2019
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

Classical News

Launching a New London Orchestra Gives Recent Retiree a New Challenge
love: Handel Festival Returns to Norwich for 2019
James Gaffigan, chief conductor since 2010, will step down from the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in 2021
Government must cover additional costs for musicians that they will incur in the event of a no-deal Brexit
Psappha performs nine world premieres, offering a rich contemporary music experience through its 2019-20 programme
Britten Sinfonia opens its 2019/20 season with UK premiere of Refugee, a new song cycle by Mark-Anthony Turnage, September 20
Beethoven 250 at Wigmore Hall
Philadelphia Orchestra rescinds invitation to Plácido Domingo to appear at its Gala Concert on September 18 due to the allegations of sexual harassment currently being made against the singer-conductor
From Tavener to Pärt via Lobo and Richter: Final details of tonight's Late-Night Mixtape Prom are announced
Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park opens the 2019/20 Season in the Linbury Theatre
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