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Concert Reviews

short description Lucerne Festival 2019 – Bernard Haitink’s Retirement Concert – Vienna Philharmonic performs Bruckner 7 | Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven [NPO Radio 4 live relay]
short description Salzburg Festival 2019 – Bernard Haitink conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner 7 – Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven [medici.tv live webcast]
short description Riga Jūrmala Music Festival – Zubin Mehta conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the Israel Philharmonic [medici.tv live webcast]
short description CBSO – Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Mother Goose, Firebird, and Mahler 4
short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts – Mathilde Milwidsky, Sarah-Jane Bradley & Alice Neary
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Opening of 2019-20 season – Kirill Petrenko conducts Berg’s Lulu-Suite & Beethoven’s Choral Symphony [live webcast]
short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts – George Vass conducts Adrian Williams, Britten, Copland and Mathias
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Doric String Quartet & Brett Dean at Queen’s Hall – Haydn’s Joke, Dean’s Hidden Agendas, Brahms’s G-major Quintet
short description New Adventures at Sadler's Wells – Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Meta4 at Queen’s Hall – Fanny Mendelssohn, Kaija Saariaho, Robert Schumann

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 Alan Gilbert & NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony [Sony Classical]
short description Across the Stars – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays film music by John Williams – Dracula, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Star Wars [The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles; Deutsche Grammophon]
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]

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 Leonard Slatkin is 75 today – First of September 2019 – Birthday Greetings (Bottle of Wine) from Achenbach to Zukerman via DSO, Muti, Ohlsson & Rouse follow...
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]

Classical News

The Hallé open their 2019/20 season
Wigmore Hall Beethoven Festival Weekend 14-15 Sept
Joan Tower is 81 today
Athens Philharmonic Makes Carnegie Hall Debut | October 10, 2019 at 8:00PM
Jonathan Biss, Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Wigmore Hall, September 28 2019-June 25 2020
Soprano Chen Reiss's 2019-20 season focuses on Beethoven with AAM concert and recording, Leonore and Fidelio at Vienna Staatsoper
This Month, Opera Philadelphia Launches Season with Citywide Festival O19 (Sep 18–29): Two World Premieres, Two Company Premieres, Young Artist Showcase, and Special Celebration, Plus Free Open-Air HD Screening and Pop-Up Cabaret Series
Semyon Bychkov & Czech Philharmonic - BBC Proms & 2019-20 New Season
Leif Ove Andsnes returns to Grieg, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Piano Concerto’s premiere
Jonathan Nott & Tokyo SO 2020/21 Season
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