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Concert Reviews

short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Harrison Birtwistle’s The Shadow of Night & John Adams’s Harmonielehre
short description Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis & Jeremy Denk at Alice Tully Hall
short description Orion Orchestra & London Philharmonic Choir at Cadogan Hall – Alpha & Omega Beethoven – Toby Purser conducts the Choral Symphony & Pavel Kolesnikov plays the B-flat Piano Concerto
short description Bundesjugendorchester at Berliner Philharmonie – Ingo Metzmacher conducts Amériques & Alpine Symphony [live webcast]
short description London Handel Festival – Athalia – Anna Devin, Grace Davidson, Rupert Enticknap, Anthony Gregory; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi’s Otello – Arsen Soghomonyan, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Salsi, Francesco Demuro [live webcast]
short description English Symphony Orchestra at Kings Place – Kenneth Woods conducts Martinů & Dvořák – Noriko Ogawa plays Mozart & Kaprálová
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Glinka & Shostakovich – Esther Yoo plays Glazunov’s Violin Concerto
short description Rob Brydon Probes Barry Humphries at the London Palladium
short description Louis Lortie at Wigmore Hall – Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Josef Suk – Asrael Symphony & Fairy Tale – with the Czech Philharmonic [Decca]
short description Vers l'ailleurs – Gaspard Dehaene plays Schubert D959, Liszt & Bruneau-Boulmier [Collection 1001 Notes]
short description Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León – Andrew Gourlay conducts Rachmaninov [OSCyL own-label]
short description Albrecht Mayer – Longing for Paradise – Music for Oboe and Orchestra by Elgar, Strauss, Ravel & Goossens | Bamberger Symphoniker & Jakub Hrůša [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ssens Trio plays Divertimento in E-flat K563 & Bach Fugues [Lawo Classics]
short description Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ – Andrew Davis conducts Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Chorus [Chandos]
short description Johannes Brahms’s three Piano Quartets – Primrose Piano Quartet [Meridian]
short description The Choir of Westminster Abbey – James O’Donnell conducts Bairstow, Harris & Stanford [Hyperion]
short description Seiji Ozawa conducts Beethoven 9 [Mito Chamber Orchestra; Decca]
short description Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile | Music for String Quartet – Finzi Quartet, Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Plane, Ruth Bolister [Resonus]

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 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
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

Classical News

Renée Fleming to release first lieder album for almost two decades
First China International Music Competition announces Semi-finalists
Glyndebourne’s first production of Dialogues des Carmélites to open Glyndebourne Festival 2020
Albert & Victoria: The Coburg Connection A celebratory gala concert to mark the 200th birthdays of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 2019-2020 Season Announced
Buxton International Festival announce new travel partnership with Virgin Trains
Martin James Bartlett & Warner Classics; new release today
Soprano Lisette Oropesa wins the Met’s 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award
Leeds International Piano Competition announces pioneering learning, engagement and community projects
Mariam Batsashvili & Warner Classics
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