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Concert Reviews

short description Westminster Philharmonic at St John’s Waterloo – Jonathan Butcher conducts world premiere of David Hackbridge Johnson’s Ninth Symphony – Florian Mitrea plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
short description 33rd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square: Christmas Music by Candlelight – Ex Cathedra
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Bartók, Szymanowski, Stravinsky, Bernstein – Katia & Marielle Labèque play Osvaldo Golijov’s Nazareno
short description New Adventures at Sadler's Wells – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
short description LSO – Marin Alsop conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Candide – Leonardo Capalbo, Jane Archibald, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Allen; directed by Garnett Bruce
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage & Enigma Variations – Piotr Anderszewski plays Mozart K491
short description Anna Netrebko & Malcolm Martineau at Carnegie Hall
short description London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Aldous Huxley Variations & Threni, and Berio’s Sinfonia with The Swingles
short description Nash Ensemble & Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall – German Romantics – Bruch, Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Mahler 5 – Annelien Van Wauwe plays Mozart
short description Prom 49: European Union Youth Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda – Agata Zubel’s Fireworks & Tchaikovsky 5 – Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin
short description Prom 48: LSO/Simon Rattle – Ravel – Mother Goose & L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Magdalena Kožená sings Shéhérazade
short description Prom 47: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro & Prokofiev 5 – Pekka Kuusisto gives premiere of Venables Plays Bartók
short description Prom 45 – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott – Jeux & Petrushka – Renaud Capuçon plays orchestrated Ravel
short description Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Laura Jurd premiere & Kenton’s West Side Story – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Prom 44: CBSO/Ludovic Morlot – From Faune to Boléro via Psalm 130 and Nocturnes
short description Prom 43: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim – Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman, Scriabin – with Lisa Batiashvili & Elsa Dreisig
short description Prom 42: Estonian Festival Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – Arvo Pärt & Sibelius – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Grieg
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 5/Proms Chamber Music – Colin Currie & JACK Quartet – Xenakis, Holt, Farrin

CD Reviews

short description David Hackbridge Johnson Orchestral Music, Volume One – Symphony No.9 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Paul Mann [Toccata Classics]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Gustav Holst – Orchestral Works Volume 4 [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Parry premiere recordings – Symphony 4 original, Proserpine, Suite moderne – BBCNOW/Rumon Gamba [Chandos]
short description Liszt – The Complete Songs, Volume 5 – Allan Clayton & Julius Drake [Hyperion]
short description Antoine de Févin – Missa Ave Maria & Missa Salve sancta parens – The Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice [Hyperion]
short description Bach – Benjamin Appl & Concerto Köln [Sony Classical]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Edward Elgar – The Music Makers & The Spirit of England – BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra [Chandos]
short description Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert – Symphony 9 & Die Zauberharfe [Basel Chamber Orchestra; Sony Classical]
short description A Walk with Ivor Gurney – Tenebrae/Nigel Short, Aurora Orchestra, Sarah Connolly, Simon Callow [Signum Classics]
short description John Wilson conducts Copland Orchestral Works 4 – Symphony 3, Connotations [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]

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 Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, by Roger Daltrey [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s La traviata [Showing on December 15]
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 2: Rafael Kubelík, Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 1: George Szell, Complete Columbia Album Collection
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War I, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie [November 10 & 11]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Nico Muhly’s Marnie [Showing on November 10]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Puccini’s La fanciulla del West [Showing on October 27]
short description Montserrat Caballé – 12 April 1933-6 October 2018
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]

Classical News

Alison Stephens Dies Aged 40
Decca Classics News: Dame Joan Sutherland 7 November 1926-10 October 2010
Statement From The Royal Opera: Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010)
Mayor’s Scheme To Make 5000 Young Musicians
The 2010 Gramophone Awards, Presented At The Dorchester Hotel 1 October
Philharmonia Orchestra Announces Unsuk Chin As The New Artistic Director Of The Music Of Today Series From 2011/12
Nikolaj Znaider Appointed Principal Guest Conductor Of The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Zarin Mehta To Step Down As President And Executive Director Of The New York Philharmonic Upon Expiration Of Current Contract
Boston Symphony Announces New Online Media Center At BSO.ORG
Diaghilev And The Golden Age Of The Ballets Russes 1909-1929 [Victoria & Albert Museum]
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