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Concert Reviews

short description Chiaroscuro Quartet @ Wigmore Hall – Beethoven C-minor 18/4 & Schubert Death and the Maiden D810 [live webcast]
short description West Green House Opera – Rossini’s La Cenerentola – directed by Victoria Newlyn; conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren
short description West Green House Opera – Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice – directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Oliver Gooch
short description Verbier Festival 2019 – Sergei Redkin plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Rachmaninov [live Medici webcast]
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart | Andrew Manze, Pekka Kuusisto & Knut Erik Sundquist | Romanian Folk Dances, The Four Seasons, Music from Finland & Norway
short description Mark Padmore & Paul Lewis at Wigmore Hall – Rückert-Lieder & Dichterliebe
short description Sarah Connolly & Malcolm Martineau at Wigmore Hall
short description Welsh National Opera at the Royal Opera House – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Beethoven – Eroica Symphony/Andrew Manze & Violin Concerto/Vilde Frang
short description Opera Holland Park double-bill – Il segreto di Susanna & Iolanta

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 5: Louise Alder & Gary Matthewman
short description Prom 42: Ulster Orchestra – Rafael Payare conducts the First Symphonies of Beethoven & Shostakovich and Gubaidulina’s Fairytale Poem – Mariam Batsashvili plays Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto
short description Prom 41: London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Rimsky-Korsakov, Liadov & Glazunov – Alexander Ghindin plays Rachmaninov
short description Proms at … Holy Sepulchre London – BBC Singers/Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 40: Queen Victoria's 200th-Anniversary – Ádám Fischer conducts the OAE in Sullivan and the Scottish Symphony – Stephen Hough plays Mendelssohn | Alessandro Fisher sings songs by Prince Albert
short description Prom 39: BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Elim Chan conducts The Hebrides & Pictures at an Exhibition – Catriona Morison sings Elgar’s Sea Pictures & Errollyn Wallen's This Frame Is Part of the Painting
short description Prom 37: Hallé – Maxime Pascal conducts Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ
short description Prom 38: Solomon’s Knot – Johann Sebastian Bach Cantatas
short description Prom 35: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, ENO Chorus & BBC Singers – Martyn Brabbins’s 60th-birthday concert – Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. | Serenade to Music | Song of Destiny | Enigma Variations
short description Prom 36: Late-Night Mixtape

CD Reviews

short description Elgar: The New England Connection, Volume 2 – Falstaff – and George Chadwick’s Tam O’Shanter – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Andrew Constantine [Orchid Classics]
short description John Wilson conducts Sinfonia of London in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Symphony, Theme and Variations, and Straussiana [Chandos]
short description St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description The Jupiter Project – adaptations by Clementi, Cramer & Hummel for piano, flute, violin & cello of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, Figaro, Piano Concerto K467 & Jupiter Symphony – David Owen Norris & Friends [Hyperion]
short description Gerald Finzi – Sacred and Secular choral music – Trinity Choir/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas BWV910-916 – Mahan Esfahani [Hyperion]
short description The London Album & The Paris Album – Trio Sonatas – Ensemble Diderot [Audax Records]
short description Ludwig van Beethoven – The Cello Sonatas – Leonard Elschenbroich & Alexei Grynyuk [Onyx]
short description Ivan Ilić plays Haydn Symphonies 44, 75 & 92, transcribed Stegmann for piano [Chandos]
short description The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann – Rumon Gamba conducts the 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 Theo Adam – 1 August 1926-10 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description John Joubert: A composer for today and tomorrow – An appreciation by Kenneth Woods
short description Leonard Bernstein 100 – The Masters Photograph the Maestro [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur [Showing on January 12]
short description Eloquence Goes Dutch – Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Edo de Waart, with guest appearances from Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Géza Anda
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 3: José Serebrier conducts Glazunov, Complete Symphonies & Concertos [Warner Classics]
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

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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