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Concert Reviews

short description The Grange Festival 2019 – The John Wilson Orchestra with Matt Ford & Louise Dearman – Gershwin in Hollywood
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler 5 – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K482
short description Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along @ Guildhall School of Music & Drama, directed by Martin Connor
short description Mark Bebbington at St John’s Smith Square – Impromptus & Piano Sonatas – Schubert D899 & D644 and Chopin B-minor
short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Britten’s The Turn of the Screw – Ed Lyon, Sophie Bevan; directed by Louisa Muller; conducted by Richard Farnes
short description Chelsea Opera – Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon
short description Evgeny Kissin at Wigmore Hall | Benefit Concert for Save a Child’s Heart | Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Pathétique, Tempest, Waldstein – and the Eroica Variations
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Dvořák’s Rusalka – Sally Matthews, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Alexander Roslavets; directed by Melly Still; conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description The Royal Opera – David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – Christian Gerhaher, Simon Keenlyside, Joélle Harvey, Julia Kleiter, Kangmin Justin Kim; conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Hobson's Choice

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
short description Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra – RPO/Joshua Weilerstein
short description Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town
short description Prom 56: BBCSO/Sakari Oramo – Bruckner 5 – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Mozart K467
short description Prom 55: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer II – Hungarian Rhapsodies & Dances, Zigeunerweisen – Liszt, Brahms & Sarasate
short description Prom 54: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer I – Enescu, Bartók, Mahler
short description Prom 53 (Aug 21): Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar – now rescheduled as Prom 65a, August 31, 10.15 p.m.
short description Prom 52: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner – Flying Dutchman Overture & Sibelius 2 – Alina Ibragimova gives premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Whirld
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 6/Proms Chamber Music – BBC Singers & Sakari Oramo – Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Holst ... Laura Mvula premiere ... Parry's Songs of Farewell
short description Prom 51: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Parsifal Prelude & Nørgård 3 – Malin Byström sings Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs

CD Reviews

short description Thomas Dausgaard conducts Sibelius’s Kullervo [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius – including Lemminkäinen Legends [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Weinberg – Symphonies 2 & 21 – CBSO & Kremerata Baltica [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Leonore Piano Trio – Music by Hubert Parry [volume 2] – with Rachel Roberts [Hyperion]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique & Tempest Fantasy [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mahler 9 – Bamberg Symphony [Accentus Music]
short description Mark van de Wiel plays Clarinet Concertos by Joseph Phibbs and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Signum Classics]
short description Supersize Polyphony – Striggio Mass 40/60 & Tallis Spem [Signum Classics]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Engegård Quartet plays K421, K428 & K465/Dissonance [LAWO Classics]
short description King’s College Cambridge – Herbert Howells – Choral Works, including An English Mass | Cello Concerto | Organ Pieces, including Master Tallis’s Testament – Guy Johnston, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Cleobury, Christopher Seaman [King’s College own label]

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 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]
short description Heather Harper 8 May 1930-22 April 2019 – an appreciation
short description Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets

Classical News

Lincoln Center Extends Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée’s Contract Through 2023
Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces the Gold Medal Winners for Acting and Production Arts 2019
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu announce 2019/20 season | 27 September 2019 – 30 June 2020
John Gibbons - conductor and composer - honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
American Premiere of Korngold’s Grand Opera The Miracle of Heliane Opens at Bard SummerScape July 26; Plus Exploration of Operetta’s America (Aug 11) and Semi-Staged Production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (Aug 18) in 30th Bard Music Festival
Kensington Symphony Orchestra 2019-20 season: ranging from Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms to James MacMillan and Anna Clyne
Jules Buckley announced as first Guest Curator for Cheltenham Music Festival | Artistic Director Alison Balsom to focus on performing and recording career
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and new Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev release first album together on Linn Records in October 2019
Tanglewood Forever Campaign Exceeds Donation Goal
Deborah Voigt Changes Managers--and Repertoire
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