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Concert Reviews

short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle – Mahler 6 [live webcast]
short description Opera North at the London Coliseum – Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate
short description Peter Donohoe at Wigmore Hall – Sixty-fifth-birthday recital
short description Garsington Opera at Wormsley – Verdi’s Falstaff – Henry Waddington; directed by Bruno Ravella; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Richard Farnes
short description The Wind in the Willows, narrated by Simon Callow
short description John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach Cantatas at Barbican Centre – III
short description Way Out East: Frank Denyer – A Portrait – Octandre Ensemble
short description John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach Cantatas at Barbican Centre – II
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Polarity and Proximity – Kin; Embrace; In the Upper Room
short description The Royal Opera at Hackney Empire – Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer Bastard; directed by Jay Scheib; conducted by Jessica Cottis

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Last Night of the Proms 2017 conducted by Sakari Oramo
short description Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Brahms & Beethoven – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K449
short description Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Daniel Harding conducts Mahler 6
short description Prom 73: András Schiff plays Book One of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 71: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski – Funeral Song ... Volga Boatmen ... Russian Funeral ... The Year 1905 – Alina Ibragimova plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at ... The Tanks at Tate Modern
short description Prom 70: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Karina Canellakis – Missy Mazzoli & Dvořák – Jeremy Denk plays Bartók
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM8 – Elias String Quartet & Alice Neary play Schubert’s String Quintet
short description Prom 69: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck – John Adams’s Lollapalooza & Mahler 1 – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Dvořák
short description Prom 67: Mendelssohn – The Hebrides, Violin Concerto, Reformation Symphony – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado with Isabelle Faust

CD Reviews

short description Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Brahms [WDR Sinfonieorchester; Profil]
short description Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Leçons de ténčbres – Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Joshua Bell plays Max Bruch – Scottish Fantasy & Violin Concerto No.1 – Academy of St Martin in the Fields [Sony Classical]
short description Stephen Hough’s Dream Album [Hyperion]
short description Chamber Music by Ernö Dohnányi – The Nash Ensemble [Hyperion]
short description Wiener Symphoniker – Philippe Jordan conducts Beethoven’s Fourth & Fifth Symphonies
short description Andrew Manze conducts Berlioz & Weber – Harold in Italy with Lawrence Power, Invitation to the Dance [Bergen Philharmonic; Hyperion]
short description Grażyna Bacewicz – Piano Quintets, Quartets for Violins and for Cellos – Silesian Quartet & Friends [Chandos]
short description Barry Douglas – Schubert Works for Solo Piano, Volume 3 – Sonata D958 & Moments musicaux [Chandos]
short description Ginastera – Orchestral Works 3 – Piano Concerto No.1, Variaciones concertantes, Concierto argentino – Xiayin Wang/BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena [Chandos]

SoundBite60 Reviews

  Gluck Opera Arias/Janet Baker
  Weber’s Clarinet
  Sibelius/Colin Davis
  Max Bruch/Arthur Grumiaux
  French Orchestral Songs/Elly Ameling & Hildegard Behrens
  A Leroy Anderson Christmas
  Haydn Cello Concertos/Christophe Coin
  William Primrose Viola Transcriptions
  Christmastime Is Here
  Arnold Bax: Tintagel ... The Garden of Fand

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 Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
short description Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]
short description Feature Review: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies on LP – Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – June 9, An Aldeburgh Aperitif – Orsino Ensemble and Phantasm
short description Feature Review: Britten, Bernstein and America – two concerts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson at Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – Robert Murray, James Horan, Mark O’Keeffe, Cédric Tiberghien, Pavel Kolesnikov, Claire Chase [June 8 & 9]
short description William Bolcom at Eighty, and in London June 1 & 2
short description May 2018 releases from Calliope and Indésens – Debussy, Mozart, Ravel, Szymanowski, and Modern Piano Recital
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata

Classical News

Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese Co. Completed
San Francisco Conservatory Provost and Dean Headed Back East
Glyndebourne announces new programmes for female composers and young orchestral players
NYO invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of first ever US tour, and launches major fundraising campaign chaired by David Warburton MP
BBC Proms Announcement, the Royal Albert Hall as it has never been seen before
Rosalind Plowright to sing Old Baroness in Vanessa at Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Sakari Oramo’s 2018 BBC Proms include world premieres of commissioned works by Anna Meredith, Philip Venables and Laura Mvula, mighty scores by Bruckner, Holst and Messiaen, a fresh take on Gershwin and a date with the great British choral tradition
ESTA UK announces Nicola Benedetti as its next President
200 young musicians from schools across England perform as a pop-up orchestra
LSO, Simon Rattle, Stockhausen, Gruppen, Tate Modern, June 30
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