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Concert Reviews

short description Kensington Symphony Orchestra/Russell Keable at St John’s Smith Square – Joan Tower, Leonard Bernstein, John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, William Schuman
short description LSO – Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conducts Smetana’s Má vlast
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Jakub Hrůša – The Golden Spinning Wheel & Taras Bulba – Frank Peter Zimmerman plays Martinů [live webcast]
short description Welsh National Opera at New Theatre Oxford – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Glyndebourne Tour 2018 – Massenet’s Cendrillon – Alix Le Saux, Eléonore Pancrazi, William Dazeley, Agnes Zwierko, Caroline Wettergreen; directed by Fiona Shaw; conducted by Duncan Ward
short description Pascal Dusapin's Passion at Queen Elizabeth Hall
short description London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Jérémie Rhorer conducts Poulenc’s Stabat Mater & Orff’s Carmina Burana
short description Glyndebourne Tour 2018 – Tom Cairns’s production of Verdi’s La traviata – Mané Galoyan, Emanuele D’Aguanno, Noel Bouley; conducted by Christoph Altstaedt
short description The Royal Opera presents Handel’s Solomon – Lawrence Zazzo, Sophie Bevan, Susan Bickley, Ed Lyon & Richard Burkhard; conducted by Christian Curnyn
short description English National Opera – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – Eric Greene & Nicole Cabell; directed by James Robinson; conducted by John Wilson

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 Orchestral Music by Ruth Gipps including Symphonies 2 & 4 – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba [Chandos]
short description Mendelssohn String Quartets, Volume One – Doric String Quartet [Chandos]
short description The Genius of Film Music – Hollywood Blockbusters 1980s to 2000s – Star Wars, Chariots of Fire, Sophie’s Choice. The Mission, Il Postino, Twin Peaks, Mulan, Gladiator, Raiders of the Lost Ark – London Philharmonic Orchestra/Dirk Brossé [LPO own label]
short description Jeux, Melodien, Schlagobers – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott [PentaTone]
short description Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 2 – Ivan Ilić (Chandos)
short description Yeol Eum Son plays Mozart in C, including Piano Concerto K467 conducted by Neville Marriner [Onyx]
short description Charles Gounod mélodies – Tassis Christoyannis & Jeff Cohen [Aparte]
short description Escape – Sophie Webber plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Cello Suites [Gimpy Records]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 77: Emmanuel Despax plays Bronsart von Schellendorf & Urspruch [BBC Scottish SO/Eugene Tzigane; Hyperion]
short description Roxanna Panufnik – Celestial Bird – Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore [Signum Classics]

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 Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila [Showing on October 20]
short description The Power and the Glory – Kenneth Woods & English Symphony Orchestra, with Roman Kosyakov [Concert of Schumann, Sibelius and Liszt, 7 October 2018]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s Aida with Anna Netrebko [Showing on October 6]
short description Feature LP Review: Speakers Corner, Analogphonic, Deutsche Grammophon and RCO Live – Sibelius/Oistrakh/Ormandy, Beethoven/Francescatti/Casadesus, Milstein/Pommers, Elman/Seiger, Fournier/Crowson, Dvořák/Janáček Quartet, Schubert/Rostropovich
short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts [August 2018]
short description Inge Borkh: 26 May 1921-26 August 2018
short description Wonderfeel 2018
short description A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
short description A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial

Classical News

London Philharmonic Is The First UK Orchestra To Have Its Own iPhone & iPod Touch App
Harmony At The Helm [Wimbledon Choral Society]
Operalia 2009 Placido Domingo’s International Opera Competition
Andris Nelsons Extends His Contract As Music Director Of City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Prestigious Award To Birmingham Music Partnership From The Department For Children, Schools And Families
Philip Cobb Appointed Joint Principal Trumpet Of London Symphony Orchestra
Cambridge Alumnus HRH The Prince of Wales To Attend BBC Proms On Wednesday 22 July, Celebrating The 800th Anniversary Of The University Of Cambridge
Sir Edward Downes Dies Aged 85
Free Concert on 17 July By Musicians Of The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela And El Sistema At The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall
Vintage Year For BBC Proms Young Composers
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