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Concert Reviews

short description The Grange Festival 2019 – The John Wilson Orchestra with Matt Ford & Louise Dearman – Gershwin in Hollywood
short description Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along @ Guildhall School of Music & Drama, directed by Martin Connor
short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Britten’s The Turn of the Screw – Ed Lyon, Sophie Bevan; directed by Louisa Muller; conducted by Richard Farnes
short description Chelsea Opera – Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon
short description Evgeny Kissin at Wigmore Hall | Benefit Concert for Save a Child’s Heart | Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Pathétique, Tempest, Waldstein – and the Eroica Variations
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Dvořák’s Rusalka – Sally Matthews, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Alexander Roslavets; directed by Melly Still; conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Hobson's Choice
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen; Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley; directed by Peter Sellars
short description Royal College of Music Opera Studio – Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti; directed by Stephen Unwin; conducted by Michael Rosewell
short description CBSO – Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz’s Dramatic Legend, The Damnation of Faust

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Sakari Oramo conducts The Last Night of the Proms, with Jamie Barton, BBC Singers, Symphony Chorus & Symphony Orchestra
short description Prom 72: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [1/2]
short description Prom 73: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [2/2]
short description Prom 71: Bach Night – Dunedin Consort & John Butt – J. S. Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites (BWV1066-1069) and four commissions: Muhly, Wishart, Robertson, MacRae
short description Prom 70: Jonny Greenwood, premiere of Horror vacui
short description Prom 68: Wagner Night – Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Christine Goerke & Stephen Gould
short description Prom 67: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Night on Bare Mountain, Forest, and Sibelius 5 – Nora Fischer gives the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen’s The Only One
short description Prom 65: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Constantinos Carydis with Danae Kontora – Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven
short description Prom 61: Vienna Philharmonic – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts The Noonday Witch & New World Symphony – Leonidas Kavakos plays Korngold’s Violin Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 7: Silesian Quartet & Wojciech Świtała – Weinberg SQ7 & Bacewicz PQ1

CD Reviews

short description Alan Gilbert & NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony [Sony Classical]
short description LSO Live – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schumann’s Symphonies 2 & 4 and Genoveva Overture
short description Joseph Nolan plays Charles-Marie Widor’s Complete Organ Works at La Madeleine Paris & other venues [Signum Classics]
short description Jürgen Bruns conducts music by Hanns Eisler [Capriccio]
short description The Single Rose – The Orlando Consort sings Guillaume de Machaut [Hyperion]
short description Rimma Sushanskaya conducts Mozart – Figaro Overture, PC21 K467 (John Lenehan), Exsultate K165 (Grace Davidson), Symphony 40 [Guild]
short description Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Richard Strauss – Zarathustra, Tod, Till, Salome [Decca]
short description Kenneth Woods conducts David Matthews – Symphony 9, Variations, Double Concerto [Nimbus Alliance]
short description Ivo Pogorelich plays Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninov [Sony Classical]
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]

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 Theo Adam – 1 August 1926-10 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description John Joubert: A composer for today and tomorrow – An appreciation by Kenneth Woods
short description Leonard Bernstein 100 – The Masters Photograph the Maestro [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur [Showing on January 12]
short description Eloquence Goes Dutch – Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Edo de Waart, with guest appearances from Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Géza Anda
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 3: José Serebrier conducts Glazunov, Complete Symphonies & Concertos [Warner Classics]
short description Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, by Roger Daltrey [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s La traviata [Showing on December 15]
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 2: Rafael Kubelík, Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 1: George Szell, Complete Columbia Album Collection

Classical News

The London Symphony Orchestra celebrates 20 years of LSO Live with a new initiative that brings its 2019/20 season to Apple Music
Aurora Orchestra announces 2019/20 Season
Russian Mikhail Timoshenko, wins top prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition
Orchestra Hall centennial: Celebrate 100th anniversary of DSO's home with special programming, a new commemorative book, and more
English National Opera kicks off the 19/20 season with Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice
Fabio Luisi Leads First of Five Programs in Inaugural Season as Music Director Designate of Dallas Symphony (Sep 12–15)
Riccardo Muti Opens 10th Season as Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director
National Symphony Hires More New Players--16 in Three Years
The Hallé open their 2019/20 season
Wigmore Hall Beethoven Festival Weekend 14-15 Sept
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