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Concert Reviews

short description English Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – Kenneth Woods conducts the Fifth Symphonies of Beethoven & Matthew Taylor – Pavel Šporcl plays Mendelssohn’s E-minor Violin Concerto
short description Weimar Berlin: The Sounds of Change – Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Wozzeck Fragments (with Angela Denoke), Hindemith’s Concerto for Orchestra, Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, and The Age of Gold
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2019 – Thomas Larcher and Friends @ Britten Studio – Mark Padmore, Paul Lewis, Andrew West
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Daniel Barenboim conducts Symphonies by Haydn & Schumann – Maria João Pires plays Beethoven [live webcast]
short description Opera Rara & Britten Sinfonia at Barbican Hall – Mark Elder conducts Donizetti’s Il Paria
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Fiona Shaw’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon – Danielle de Niese, Lionel Lhote, Agnes Zwierko, Kate Lindsey; conducted by John Wilson
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2019 – Paul Lewis plays Haydn Sonata 34, Thomas Larcher Movement, Beethoven Diabelli Variations
short description Grange Park Opera – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – Musa Ngqungwana & Laquita Mitchell; directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy; conducted by Stephen Barlow
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2019 – UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s The Hunting Gun conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
short description The Grange Festival 2019 – Verdi’s Falstaff – Robert Hayward, Susan Bickley, Nicholas Lester; directed by Christopher Luscombe; conducted by Francesco Cilluffo

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 Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ – Andrew Davis conducts Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Chorus [Chandos]
short description Johannes Brahms’s three Piano Quartets – Primrose Piano Quartet [Meridian]
short description The Choir of Westminster Abbey – James O’Donnell conducts Bairstow, Harris & Stanford [Hyperion]
short description Seiji Ozawa conducts Beethoven 9 [Mito Chamber Orchestra; Decca]
short description Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile | Music for String Quartet – Finzi Quartet, Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Plane, Ruth Bolister [Resonus]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien – Violin & Piano – Lili Boulanger, Franck, Vierne, Ysaÿe [Hyperion]
short description Juanjo Mena conducts Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Doric String Quartet plays Benjamin Britten’s three String Quartets and five Fantasias by Henry Purcell [Chandos]
short description Steven Osborne plays Beethoven – Piano Sonatas – Opuses 109, 110, 111 [Hyperion]
short description An English Coronation 1902-1953 – Edward VII 1902 | George V 1911 | George VI 1937 | Elizabeth II 1953 – Gabrieli | McCreesh | Simon Russell Beale [Signum Classics]

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 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
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War I, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie [November 10 & 11]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Nico Muhly’s Marnie [Showing on November 10]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Puccini’s La fanciulla del West [Showing on October 27]
short description Montserrat Caballé – 12 April 1933-6 October 2018

Classical News

Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96
Pianist Kirill Gerstein Consolidates Management Team
Chicago SO Musician Outlines the Players’ Successful Strike Strategy
Andris Poga & Stavanger Symphony
Bernard Haitink to Retire
Richard Strauss: Salome new edition announced for 2020
JOHN WILLIAMS joins forces with ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER for new movie-themed album
Royal Opera House: Arnold Rutkowski to sing Don José in Carmen on 16 and 20 July
Julie Felix is 81 today
Free Weekend of Music for Cheltenham Music Festival’s 75th anniversary
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