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Concert Reviews

short description Mark Padmore & Mitsuko Uchida at Wigmore Hall – Schubert’s Winterreise
short description Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square – Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier – Pachelbel, Kuhnau, Bach
short description Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen ... BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers, Anu Komsi & Piia Komsi, Nicholas Daniel, Sakari Oramo
short description Gerard Schwarz conducts Symphonia Boca Raton, with Jeffrey Kaye & Julian Schwarz
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert Blomstedt – Bruckner 3 – Maria João Pires plays Mozart K488 [live webcast]
short description Les Arts Florissants & William Christie at Barbican Hall – Monteverdi
short description Music from Film Noir at Royal Festival Hall – BBC Concert Orchestra/Robert Ziegler, with Hannah Waddingham, presented by Mark Kermode
short description Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall – Powder Her Face & Sibelius 1 – Hilary Hahn plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description LSO/Nikolaj Znaider – Mozart Violin Concertos K211/K216 & Tchaikovsky ‘Pathétique’ Symphony

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: CBSO/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Leonore No.3 & Beethoven’s Fifth, Leila Josefowicz plays Stravinsky, and Allan Clayton premieres Gerald Barry’s Canada
short description Prom 47: Reformation Day 1 – Bach’s Little Organ Book past and present – Robert Quinney & William Whitehead at Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 48: Reformation Day 2 – A Patchwork Passion – BBC Singers & City of London Sinfonia conducted by Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 49: Reformation Day 3 – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Dunedin Ensemble and John Butt
short description Prom 46: Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, with Simon O'Neill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, Peter Hoare, Thomas Quasthoff
short description Prom 45: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek
short description Prom 43: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Charles Dutoit conducts Falla’s El amor brujo & Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony – Joshua Bell plays Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole
short description Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen
short description Prom 42: François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Franck, Lalo – Cédric Tiberghien plays the Egyptian Piano Concerto & Les Djinns
short description Prom 40: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Tragic Overture, Nocturne Insomnia, Rhenish Symphony – Christian Tetzlaff plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms – Symphony 2 & Tragic and Academic Festival Overtures – Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen [RCA Red Seal]
short description Colin Davis conducts Brahms, with Gerhard Oppitz & Kyoko Takezawa [Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; RCA Red Seal]
short description Steven Isserlis plays Cello Concertos by Haydn & C. P. E. Bach [Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Hyperion]
short description Dvořák – String Quintet Opus 97 & String Quartet Opus 105 – Takács Quartet & Lawrence Power [Hyperion]
short description Zino Francescatti plays Violin Concertos by Paganini and Brahms [Sargent in London; Paray in New York; Testament]
short description Mark Elder conducts Wagner’s Parsifal with Lars Cleveman, Katarina Dalayman & John Tomlinson [Hallé]
short description Leonard Slatkin conducts Haydn's Twelve London Symphonies [Philharmonia Orchestra; RCA Red Seal]
short description Steven Osborne plays Debussy [Hyperion]
short description Schubert – The Finished Unfinished – Basel Chamber Orchestra/Mario Venzago [Sony Classical]
short description Nathan Williamson plays Great American Piano Sonatas – Bernstein, Copland, Harrison, Ives [Somm]

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 Year of Wonder, by Clemency Burton-Hill [book review]
short description The music of Geraldine Mucha – a Prague concert and an Arco Diva recording
short description Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
short description Leading Tones by Leonard Slatkin [book review]
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Young Singers’ Competition 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel [Showing on November 18]
short description Feature Review: Kenneth MacMillan – A National Celebration at the Royal Opera House
short description George Enescu International Music Festival 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte – Julie Taymor’s production, conducted by James Levine [Showing on October 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Bellini’s Norma – David McVicar’s production, with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja; conducted by Carlo Rizzi [Showing on October 7]

Classical News

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Kurt Masur Named Chairman of Beethoven House Museum in Bonn
639-Year-Long Performance of John Cage's As Slow As Possible Adds Two Notes
Tokyo Symphony Gets New Hall and Music Director
Private Donations Could Help Keep Scottish Opera from Going Dark for a Season
English National Opera's Walk¸re Takes Glastonbury Rock Festival by Storm
Daniel Barenboim Receives Peace Award from Israeli Foundation
Abduction from the Brothel: Calixto Bieito's Staging of Mozart's Entf¸hrung Provokes a Firestorm in Berlin
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