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Concert Reviews

short description [email protected] – John Wilson conducts Gilbert & Sullivan, including Trial by Jury
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Andrew Davis conducts The Rose Lake & Pelléas et Mélisande – Lisa Batiashvili plays Szymanowski
short description Merce Cunningham Trust, Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
short description Javier Perianes at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Chopin Nocturnes & Sonata, Debussy Estampes, Falla Three-Cornered Hat
short description Solomon’s Knot at Wigmore Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra in New York – Edward Gardner conducts Egmont & Mahler 1 – James Ehnes plays Sibelius’s Violin Concerto
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mozart 40 & Beethoven’s Eroica | Philharmonia Winds – Robin O’Neill conducts his arrangements of Bach, Debussy & Bartók
short description Gavan Ring & Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall – Schumann, Bodley, Larchet
short description LSO – Mark Elder conducts Charles Ives’s Second Symphony – Kirill Gerstein plays Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto
short description Göteborgs Symfoniker – Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Orff's Carmina Burana [live webcast]

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 Maurice Duruflé: Complete Choral Works – Houston Chamber Choir/Robert Simpson [Signum Classics]
short description Jess Gillam – Rise [Decca]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto 78 – Howard Shelley plays & conducts Clara Schumann, Hiller, Herz and Kalkbrenner [Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Gounod’s Two Symphonies [Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Vasily Petrenko conducts Elgar – In the South, Serenade for Strings, Enigma Variations [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Onyx]
short description Seong-Jin Cho plays Mozart – Piano Sonatas K281 & K322, and Piano Concerto K466 with COE/Yannick Nézet-Séguin [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description J. S. Bach – Cantatas 33, 17 & 99 – Thomanerchor Leipzig & Sächsisches Barockorchester/Gotthold Schwarz [Accentus Music]
short description Sweeter Than Roses – Songs by Henry Purcell – Anna Dennis & Sounds Baroque [Resonus]
short description John Joubert – Piano Concerto & Symphony 3 – Martin Jones/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/William Boughton [Lyrita]
short description Mozart – The Six String Quintets – Klenke Quartett & Harald Schoneweg [Accentus Music]

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 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
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: György Ligeti – All events up to 5 p.m. [2 March 2019]
short description Hilde Zadek – 15 December 1917-21 February 2019 – An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment [Showing on March 2]
short description Wilma Lipp – 26 April 1925-26 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Bizet’s Carmen [Showing on February 2]

Classical News

New Zealand Symphony Predicts Hefty Deficits
Gramophone Awards to Incorporate Celebrity Endorsements
Lorin Maazel Withdraws from 'Carmen in Seville' Festival
Simone Lamsma Wins Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition
Edinburgh Festival Warns Operagoers About Bieito's Bloody Production of Trovatore
Bayreuth Is Going to the Dogs (Big Black Newfoundlanders, Actually)
More Bad Blood at Bayreuth: Schilingensief Complains of Insufficient Money and Inadequate Video Technology
Thailand's Elephant Orchestra Makes a Second CD
Peter Maxwell Davies Attacks Scottish Government's 'Absolute Ignorance' of the Arts
Royal Albert Hall's Organ, Just Refurbished and Relaunched, Succumbs to Electrical Glitch
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