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Concert Reviews

short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Barbe & Doucet’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte – David Portillo, Sofia Fomina, Brindley Sherratt; conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Die Zauberflöte @ David H. Koch Theater; Komische Oper Berlin production/Concept by Andrade, Barritt & Kosky; conducted by Louis Langrée
short description Elisabeth Leonskaja at Wigmore Hall – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Philip Herschkowitz, Alban Berg
short description Blackheath Halls Opera – Offenbach’s La belle Hélène
short description Munich Philharmonic & Valery Gergiev @ the Odeonplatz – Beethoven – Fifth Symphony & Coriolan | Daniil Trifonov plays the Emperor Concerto [live webcast]
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Verdi’s Requiem
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

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 7/Proms Chamber Music – Leonard Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond – Wallis Giunta & Michael Sikich ... La bonne cuisine ... Crème Brûlée on a Tree
short description Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Bernstein & Shostakovich
short description Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
short description Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra – RPO/Joshua Weilerstein
short description Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town
short description Prom 56: BBCSO/Sakari Oramo – Bruckner 5 – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Mozart K467
short description Prom 55: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer II – Hungarian Rhapsodies & Dances, Zigeunerweisen – Liszt, Brahms & Sarasate
short description Prom 54: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer I – Enescu, Bartók, Mahler
short description Prom 53 (Aug 21): Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar – now rescheduled as Prom 65a, August 31, 10.15 p.m.
short description Prom 52: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner – Flying Dutchman Overture & Sibelius 2 – Alina Ibragimova gives premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Whirld

CD Reviews

short description Thomas Dausgaard conducts Sibelius’s Kullervo [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius – including Lemminkäinen Legends [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Weinberg – Symphonies 2 & 21 – CBSO & Kremerata Baltica [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Leonore Piano Trio – Music by Hubert Parry [volume 2] – with Rachel Roberts [Hyperion]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique & Tempest Fantasy [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mahler 9 – Bamberg Symphony [Accentus Music]
short description Mark van de Wiel plays Clarinet Concertos by Joseph Phibbs and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Signum Classics]
short description Supersize Polyphony – Striggio Mass 40/60 & Tallis Spem [Signum Classics]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Engegård Quartet plays K421, K428 & K465/Dissonance [LAWO Classics]
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]

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 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
short description Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets

Classical News

Fabio Luisi Quits as Music Director of Maggio Musicale
Musical journeys: unique national youth orchestra returns for its fifth year in Leeds to launch new season
Lincoln Center Extends Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée’s Contract Through 2023
Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces the Gold Medal Winners for Acting and Production Arts 2019
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu announce 2019/20 season | 27 September 2019 – 30 June 2020
John Gibbons - conductor and composer - honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
American Premiere of Korngold’s Grand Opera The Miracle of Heliane Opens at Bard SummerScape July 26; Plus Exploration of Operetta’s America (Aug 11) and Semi-Staged Production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (Aug 18) in 30th Bard Music Festival
Kensington Symphony Orchestra 2019-20 season: ranging from Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms to James MacMillan and Anna Clyne
Jules Buckley announced as first Guest Curator for Cheltenham Music Festival | Artistic Director Alison Balsom to focus on performing and recording career
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and new Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev release first album together on Linn Records in October 2019
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