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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 50: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Mahler 5 – Annelien Van Wauwe plays Mozart
short description Prom 49: European Union Youth Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda – Agata Zubel’s Fireworks & Tchaikovsky 5 – Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin
short description Prom 48: LSO/Simon Rattle – Ravel – Mother Goose & L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Magdalena Kožená sings Shéhérazade
short description Prom 47: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro & Prokofiev 5 – Pekka Kuusisto gives premiere of Venables Plays Bartók
short description Prom 45 – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott – Jeux & Petrushka – Renaud Capuçon plays orchestrated Ravel
short description Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Laura Jurd premiere & Kenton’s West Side Story – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Prom 44: CBSO/Ludovic Morlot – From Faune to Boléro via Psalm 130 and Nocturnes
short description Prom 43: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim – Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman, Scriabin – with Lisa Batiashvili & Elsa Dreisig
short description Prom 42: Estonian Festival Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – Arvo Pärt & Sibelius – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Grieg
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 5/Proms Chamber Music – Colin Currie & JACK Quartet – Xenakis, Holt, Farrin

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 Music as Sound - Magnus Lindberg Interview
short description Lang Lang in conversation...
short description Carl Nielsen Symposium
short description Leonard Slatkin on Britten’s War Requiem
short description Gramophone Awards 2001
short description A more open Barbican…
short description All Ears
short description Frank Braley - Eurostar Debut
short description “Soft sadness and a lot of humour”
short description Who Is Afraid of the Present?

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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