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Concert Reviews

short description Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along @ Guildhall School of Music & Drama, directed by Martin Connor
short description Mark Bebbington at St John’s Smith Square – Impromptus & Piano Sonatas – Schubert D899 & D644 and Chopin B-minor
short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Britten’s The Turn of the Screw – Ed Lyon, Sophie Bevan; directed by Louisa Muller; conducted by Richard Farnes
short description Chelsea Opera – Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon
short description Evgeny Kissin at Wigmore Hall | Benefit Concert for Save a Child’s Heart | Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Pathétique, Tempest, Waldstein – and the Eroica Variations
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Dvořák’s Rusalka – Sally Matthews, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Alexander Roslavets; directed by Melly Still; conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description The Royal Opera – David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – Christian Gerhaher, Simon Keenlyside, Joélle Harvey, Julia Kleiter, Kangmin Justin Kim; conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Hobson's Choice
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen; Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley; directed by Peter Sellars
short description Royal College of Music Opera Studio – Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti; directed by Stephen Unwin; conducted by Michael Rosewell

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 Thomas Dausgaard conducts Sibelius’s Kullervo [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius – including Lemminkäinen Legends [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Weinberg – Symphonies 2 & 21 – CBSO & Kremerata Baltica [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Leonore Piano Trio – Music by Hubert Parry [volume 2] – with Rachel Roberts [Hyperion]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique & Tempest Fantasy [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mahler 9 – Bamberg Symphony [Accentus Music]
short description Mark van de Wiel plays Clarinet Concertos by Joseph Phibbs and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Signum Classics]
short description Supersize Polyphony – Striggio Mass 40/60 & Tallis Spem [Signum Classics]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Engegård Quartet plays K421, K428 & K465/Dissonance [LAWO Classics]
short description King’s College Cambridge – Herbert Howells – Choral Works, including An English Mass | Cello Concerto | Organ Pieces, including Master Tallis’s Testament – Guy Johnston, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Cleobury, Christopher Seaman [King’s College own label]

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 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]
short description Theo Adam – 1 August 1926-10 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell

Classical News

New York Philharmonic Plans to Reconstruct Interior of Avery Fisher Hall
Stolen Stradivarius Cello Almost Ended Up as CD Holder, Police Say
Elton John Endowment Helps Students at Royal Academy of Music
Christian Thielemann Quits Deutsche Oper Berlin After Demands for More Money Rejected
Radiohead Guitarist Jonny Greenwood to Become BBC Composer in Residence
Midori Named to Prestigious Post at USC Thornton School of Music
Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival in Wales Safe From Threatened Cancellation
Scottish Opera to Get £5 Million Bailout, Keep Its Orchestra and Lose Full-Time Chorus
Overture to Greatness: A Treasure Trove of Letters Sheds Light on the Birth and Growth of the Glyndebourne Festival
Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, Home of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Abandons Planned Renovation
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