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Concert Reviews

short description The 23 String Orchestra & David Cutts @ Cadogan Hall – debut concert – Elgar, Shostakovich/Barshai, Janáček
short description The Royal Opera – Benoît Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s Werther – Juan Diego Flórez, Isabel Leonard, Jacques Imbrailo, Heather Engebretson; conducted by Edward Gardner
short description Stephen Waarts & Gabriele Carcano at Wigmore Hall – Fauré, Szymanowski, Bartók
short description Iestyn Davies Fortieth-Birthday Concert at Wigmore Hall – Handel – with The English Concert & Trevor Pinnock
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-delà
short description LSO – Opening Concert of 2019-20 season – Simon Rattle conducts Emily Howard’s Antisphere & William Walton’s First Symphony | Leila Josefowicz plays Colin Matthews’s Violin Concerto
short description BBC Philharmonic – Omer Meir Wellber plays & conducts Mozart, Schoenberg & Schumann – Jacob Reuven plays Vivaldi’s Summer on a mandolin [live BBC webcast]
short description Opening of Wigmore Hall 2019-20 season – Benjamin Britten song-cycles: Lullabies, Island, Sonnets, Proverbs – Alder, Baillieu, Clayton, Johnston, Newby
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Peter Eötvös conducts Xenakis’s Shaar & Varèse’s Amériques – Isabelle Faust gives the German premiere of Eötvös’s Alhambra [live webcast]
short description NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Alan Gilbert conducts the opening concert of the 2019-20 season – Brahms 1, Unsuk Chin Frontispiece, Bernstein Jeremiah, Ives Unanswered Question, Varèse Amériques [ARTE Concert live webcast]

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 48: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Cristian Măcelaru conducts Silvestri & Rachmaninov – Seong-Jin Cho plays Prokofiev
short description Prom 47: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner 8 | Michael Schönheit plays J. S. Bach on the Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 46: CBSO – Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Lamia, The Way to Castle Yonder, and Weinberg’s Symphony 3 – Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto
short description Prom 45: Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone
short description Prom 44: LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Les bandar-log, Amèriques, and Belshazzar’s Feast
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 5: Louise Alder & Gary Matthewman
short description Prom 43: BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Andreas Haefliger premieres Dieter Ammann’s Piano Concerto, and Neil Ferris leads the first performance of Jonathan Dove’s We Are One Fire
short description Prom 42: Ulster Orchestra – Rafael Payare conducts the First Symphonies of Beethoven & Shostakovich and Gubaidulina’s Fairytale Poem – Mariam Batsashvili plays Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto
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

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 John Wilson conducts Sinfonia of London in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Symphony, Theme and Variations, and Straussiana [Chandos]
short description I and Silence – Women’s Voices in American Song – Marta Fontanals-Simmons & Lana Bode [Delphian]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas and a Clara Schumann Romance [Hyperion]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto 79 – Markus Becker plays Pfitzner & Braunfels [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Constantin Trinks; Hyperion]
short description Käbi Laretei plays Paul Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis [Eloquence]
short description Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Chandos]
short description Howard Shelley conducts Charles Villiers Stanford [Ulster Orchestra; Hyperion]
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]

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 Heather Harper 8 May 1930-22 April 2019 – an appreciation
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]
short description Hector Berlioz: he died 150 years ago, on 8 March 1869 – a few personal messages – from Anderson to Woods, via Cowan, Falletta, JEG, Matthew-Walker, Orga, Rouse, Slatkin, and others
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: György Ligeti – All events up to 5 p.m. [2 March 2019]
short description Hilde Zadek – 15 December 1917-21 February 2019 – An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment [Showing on March 2]
short description Wilma Lipp – 26 April 1925-26 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Bizet’s Carmen [Showing on February 2]

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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