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Concert Reviews

short description Longborough Festival Opera 2019 – Donizetti’s Anna Bolena – Linda Richardson, Caryl Hughes, Lukas Jakobski; directed by Jenny Miller; conducted by Jeremy Silver
short description The Royal Opera – Barrie Kosky’s production of Bizet’s Carmen – Anaïk Morel, Bryan Hymel, Ailyn Perez; conducted by Julia Jones
short description Grange Park Opera 2019 – Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel – Caitlin Hulcup, Soraya Mafi, Susan Bullock, William Dazeley; directed by Stephen Medcalf; conducted by George Jackson
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich's Symphony 11/The Year 1905 – Daniil Trifonov plays Scriabin’s Piano Concerto [live webcast]
short description Franz-Josef Selig & Gerold Huber at Wigmore Hall – Carl Loewe, Hugo Wolf, Rudi Stephan
short description Emanuel Ax at Saffron Hall
short description LSO & Guildhall School musicians – Simon Rattle conducts Tallis Fantasia, Lincolnshire Posy, Bruckner 4
short description The Grange Festival 2019 – Handel’s Belshazzar – Robert Murray, Claire Booth, Christopher Ainslie; directed by Daniel Slater; conducted by Harry Christophers
short description Alexander Malofeev at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, First Round [Medici TV/Music from Russia webcast via YouTube]
short description CBSO/Edward Gardner – Tippett & Schubert – Stephen Hough plays Beethoven

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Sakari Oramo conducts The Last Night of the Proms, with Jamie Barton, BBC Singers, Symphony Chorus & Symphony Orchestra
short description Prom 72: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [1/2]
short description Prom 73: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [2/2]
short description Prom 71: Bach Night – Dunedin Consort & John Butt – J. S. Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites (BWV1066-1069) and four commissions: Muhly, Wishart, Robertson, MacRae
short description Prom 70: Jonny Greenwood, premiere of Horror vacui
short description Prom 68: Wagner Night – Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Christine Goerke & Stephen Gould
short description Prom 67: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Night on Bare Mountain, Forest, and Sibelius 5 – Nora Fischer gives the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen’s The Only One
short description Prom 65: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Constantinos Carydis with Danae Kontora – Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven
short description Prom 61: Vienna Philharmonic – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts The Noonday Witch & New World Symphony – Leonidas Kavakos plays Korngold’s Violin Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 7: Silesian Quartet & Wojciech Świtała – Weinberg SQ7 & Bacewicz PQ1

CD Reviews

short description LSO Live – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schumann’s Symphonies 2 & 4 and Genoveva Overture
short description Joseph Nolan plays Charles-Marie Widor’s Complete Organ Works at La Madeleine Paris & other venues [Signum Classics]
short description Jürgen Bruns conducts music by Hanns Eisler [Capriccio]
short description The Single Rose – The Orlando Consort sings Guillaume de Machaut [Hyperion]
short description Rimma Sushanskaya conducts Mozart – Figaro Overture, PC21 K467 (John Lenehan), Exsultate K165 (Grace Davidson), Symphony 40 [Guild]
short description Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Richard Strauss – Zarathustra, Tod, Till, Salome [Decca]
short description Kenneth Woods conducts David Matthews – Symphony 9, Variations, Double Concerto [Nimbus Alliance]
short description Ivo Pogorelich plays Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninov [Sony Classical]
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]

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 Leonard Slatkin is 75 today – First of September 2019 – Birthday Greetings (Bottle of Wine) from Achenbach to Zukerman via DSO, Muti, Ohlsson & Rouse follow...
short description Conductor Willem Mengelberg, by Frits Zwart [book review]
short description Arturo Toscanini conducts Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies & Missa solemnis – Pristine Audio's revelatory transcriptions of Studio 8H & Carnegie Hall concerts, 1939-1940
short description English Haydn Festival 2019
short description Feature Review: Two days at Aldeburgh Festival 2019
short description Feature Review: Three days at Swaledale Festival 2019 – Music, Arts & Walking in the Yorkshire Dales [May 25-June 8]
short description Final of inaugural China International Music Competition – Piano – Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, 20 May 2019 [live webcast on amadeus.tv via YouTube]
short description Doris Day – 3 April 1922-13 May 2019 – an appreciation
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites [Showing on May 11]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Recital Round Up [April 27-May 1]

Classical News

Anthony Hedges, English composer, has died at the age of 88 (5 March 1931-19 June 2019)
Joseph Rouleau, French-Canadian bass singer, with many appearances at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, has died at the age of 90 (28 February 1929-12 July 2019)
Salvation and Damnation: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Celebrates Southbank Season 2019-20
The Berliner Philharmoniker has announced that the Principal of its Second Violins, Christian Stadelmann (a member of the orchestra since 1985, appointed during Karajan's tenure), has died aged 60 following illness
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America Embarks on European Tour in August 2019
The Grange Festival International Singing Competition 2019 announces semi-finalists
Hal Prince – producer of Cabaret, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, and several Sondheim shows – dies aged 91
Kate Bush is 61 today
Kenneth Woods and English Symphony Orchestra Announce 2019-20 Season
Five Boroughs Music Festival Announces Programming for 2019-2020 Season
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