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Concert Reviews

short description The English Concert/Harry Bicket at Wigmore Hall – Bach Cantatas – Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
short description Alexandre Tharaud at Wigmore Hall
short description Gary Numan & The Skaparis Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, with Chris Payne
short description English National Opera stages Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem; directed by Daniel Kramer; designed by Wolfgang Tillmans; conducted by Martyn Brabbins
short description L’invitation au Voyage – Sarah Connolly, James Newby & Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – John Wilson conducts Richard Rodney Bennett & Walton – Louis Schwizgebel plays Gershwin
short description The Royal Opera – Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra – Carlos Álvarez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Hrachuhi Bassenz; directed by Elijah Moshinsky; conducted by Henrik Nánási
short description Die Stadt ohne Juden – 1924 film with music by Olga Neuwirth
short description BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Martyn Brabbins conducts Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D – Pavel Kolesnikov plays Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto
short description Royal Academy of Music – Handel’s Semele – Lina Dambrauskaitė, Ryan Williams, Frances Gregory, Olivia Warburton; directed by Olivia Fuchs; conducted by Laurence Cummings

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 Leslie Howard – Liszt – New Discoveries Volume 4: Rêves et fantaisies [Hyperion]
short description JoAnn Falletta conducts Franz Schreker [Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Naxos]
short description Haydn’s Opus 64 – The London Haydn Quartet [Hyperion]
short description First Hand Records – Early Stereo Recordings 1 – Strauss/Del Mar, Saint-Saëns/Tortelier, Brahms/Wolf
short description Mozart Piano Concertos & Quintet, K450-K452 – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Manchester Camerata/Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz’s Grande Messe des morts at Bergen International Festival [Chandos]
short description Berlioz – Les Troyens – Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Marie-Nicole Lemieux; conducted by John Nelson [Erato]
short description The Passions of Vaughan Williams – John Bridcut’s film [DVD]
short description Liya Petrova plays Violin Concertos by Prokofiev and Nielsen [Odense Symphony Orchestra/Kristiina Poska; Orchid Classics]
short description Leif Ove Andsnes plays Chopin – Ballades & Nocturnes [Sony Classical]

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 Wonderfeel 2018
short description A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
short description A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
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

Classical News

Chandos success at the Diapason d’Or de l’Année Awards 2018, Elgar's Falstaff/Andrew Davis
Jennifer Pike releases The Polish Violin, an album exploring her Polish heritage through the music of Karłowicz, Szymanowski, Wieniawski and Moszkowski
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2019 orchestra and season
Opera Rara
Gothenburg Symphony launches New Festival, 23-26 May 2019
Antonio Pappano and Darcey Bussell among guest presenters at the new Royal Opera House Cinema Festival
Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro – Capturing Life of Cultural Icon through Lenses of Avedon, Cartier-Bresson, Eisenstaedt, Kubrick, and More – Hits Bookstores on Dec 11
WQXR and the Metropolitan Opera Announce ARIA CODE
St John's Smith Square and Tenebrae announce HOLY WEEK FESTIVAL 2019
Bernstein in Chichester
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