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Concert Reviews

short description Igor Levit at Wigmore Hall – Bach/Brahms, Busoni, Schumann, Wagner/Liszt, Liszt/Busoni
short description Chineke! and Wayne Marshall at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Julian Joseph premiere, Stewart Goodyear plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Isouard’s Cendrillon
short description Blackheath Community Opera – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 – Handel’s Saul – Markus Brück, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Karina Gauvin; directed by Barrie Kosky; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description Gabriela Montero at Wigmore Hall – K330, Waldstein Sonata, Kreisleriana
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – La Fura dels Baus’s production of Haydn’s The Creation; directed by Carlus Padrissa; conducted by Laurence Equilbey
short description Opera Rara at Royal Opera House – world premiere of Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida – conducted by Mark Elder
short description Opera Holland Park – Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos – Mardi Byers, Kor-Jan Dusseljee, Jennifer France, Julia Sporsén; directed by Antony McDonald; conducted by Brad Cohen
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Leonard Bernstein’s Mass; Nmon Ford as Celebrant; conducted by Louis Langrée

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 61: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Andrea Tarrodi & Carl Nielsen – Renée Fleming sings Samuel Barber & Richard Strauss
short description Prom 62: Chineke! conducted by Kevin John Edusei, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Jeanine De Bique
short description Prom 60: Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko – The Firebird & Shostakovich 12 – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 59: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Richard Croft, Alice Coote, Joélle Harvey, Anna Stéphany, Michèle Losier, Clive Bayley; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM7 – Pavel Kolesnikov plays Chopin
short description Prom 58: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Louis Langrée – On the Waterfront & Tchaikovsky 5 – Charles Dance narrates Lincoln Portrait
short description Prom 57: Swing No End – Clare Teal, Guy Barker, Winston Rollins
short description Proms at ... Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park, Peckham – Multi-Story Orchestra/Christopher Stark – Bach/Bantock, Kate Whitley, John Adams’s Harmonielehre
short description Prom 56: The Bohemian Reformation – Tábor & Blaník, Field Mass, Hussite Overture, The Excursions of Mr Brouček, Praga – BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jakub Hrůša
short description Prom 54: La Scala Philharmonic/Riccardo Chailly – Respighi’s Pines and Fountains of Rome – Leonidas Kavakos plays Brahms's Violin Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Handel’s finest arias for base voice ii – Christopher Purves with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Handel’s Acis and Galatea – Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn with Allan Clayton & Lucy Crowe [Chandos Chaconne]
short description Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Haydn Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 [Chandos]
short description Grace Davidson sings Handel & Vivaldi [Academy of Ancient Music & Joseph Crouch; Signum Classics]
short description Peter Oundjian conducts Vaughan Williams [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Sebastián de Vivanco – Missa Assumpsit Jesus – De Profundis/Robert Hollingworth [Hyperion]
short description Smetana’s Festive Symphony & Dances from The Bartered Bride – Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Darrell Ang [Naxos]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner's Symphony 8 & Messiaen’s Couleurs [DVD & Blu-ray]
short description Violin Sonatas by Miaskovsky, Shebalin & Nechaev – Sasha Rozhdestvensky & Viktoria Postnikova [First Hand Records]
short description Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta – Orchestral music from Der Ring des Nibelungen [Naxos]

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 A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
short description How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
short description Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]
short description Feature Review: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies on LP – Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – June 9, An Aldeburgh Aperitif – Orsino Ensemble and Phantasm
short description Feature Review: Britten, Bernstein and America – two concerts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson at Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – Robert Murray, James Horan, Mark O’Keeffe, Cédric Tiberghien, Pavel Kolesnikov, Claire Chase [June 8 & 9]
short description William Bolcom at Eighty, and in London June 1 & 2
short description May 2018 releases from Calliope and Indésens – Debussy, Mozart, Ravel, Szymanowski, and Modern Piano Recital

Classical News

San Antonio Symphony Nabs Michael Kaiser--for A While
Nielsen Competition 2019
Verdi's Requiem, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, in aid of Cancer Research [September 18 at Westminster Cathedral]
WQXR Names Lukas Krohn-Grimberghe Director of Music Products, Announces Key Staff Promotions New Roles and Promotions to Accelerate WQXR’s Expansion Plans
Praemium Imperiale Awards 2018
The Leeds International Piano Competition reveals imaginative new programme for 2018
Alice Walton joins Britten Sinfonia as Communications Director
Royal Philharmonic Society announces awards and prizes for young composers and musicians totalling £42,000
Tributes to Oliver Knussen
Very sad news: Oliver Knussen has died
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