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Concert Reviews

short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Robert Carsen’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo – Jakub Józef Orliński, Kristina Mkhitaryan, Giulia Semenzato, Tim Mead; conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Cuarteto Casals at Queen’s Hall – Haydn Bird, Bartók 3, Beethoven F-major Razumovsky
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Louis Langrée conducts Prague Symphony & Dances of Galánta – Joshua Bell plays Dvořák's Violin Concerto
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Steven Osborne at Queen’s Hall – Schubert & Messiaen
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Takács Quartet & Jeremy Denk –Mozart, Beethoven, Dohnányi
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Budapest Festival Orchestra – Iván Fischer conducts Haydn & Mozart – Jeanine De Bique sings Handel
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Gianandrea Noseda conducts Schubert – Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Beethoven
short description Grimeborn – Das Rheingold
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Louis Langrée conducts Don Giovanni Overture & Brahms 3 – Martin Helmchen plays K466
short description Longborough Festival Opera 2019 – Cavalli’s La Calisto – directed by Mathilde Lopez; conducted by Lesley Anne Sammons

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 28: BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales – Tadaaki Otaka conducts Takemitsu/Twill by Twilight, Huw Watkins/The Moon, Rachmaninov/The Bells, Borodin/Polovtsian Dances
short description Prom 27: The Sound of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music
short description Prom 26: BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales – Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Tragic Overture, Prelude & Liebestod, and Mozart’s Requiem
short description Prom 24: Relaxed Prom – Swan Lake & Paganini Rhapsody – BBC Phil/Ben Gernon with Juan Pérez Floristán
short description Prom 25: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Dalia Stasevska conducts Karelia Suite & Pathétique Symphony – Sol Gabetta gives London premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Cello Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 3: The English Concert & Kristian Bezuidenhout
short description Prom 23: BBC Philharmonic – Ben Gernon conducts Peterloo Overture & Swan Lake – Juan Pérez Floristán plays Paganini Rhapsody
short description Prom 21: Olivier Latry at the Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 22: BBC Philharmonic – John Storgårds conducts Isle of the Dead, Midnight Sun Variations, The Year 1905
short description Prom 20 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius – Thomas Dausgaard conducts the UK premiere of the first score of Symphony 5 | Pekka Kuusisto plays the Violin Concerto | Finnish Folk Music

CD Reviews

short description Elgar: The New England Connection, Volume 2 – Falstaff – and George Chadwick’s Tam O’Shanter – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Andrew Constantine [Orchid Classics]
short description John Wilson conducts Sinfonia of London in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Symphony, Theme and Variations, and Straussiana [Chandos]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas and a Clara Schumann Romance [Hyperion]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto 79 – Markus Becker plays Pfitzner & Braunfels [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Constantin Trinks; Hyperion]
short description Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Chandos]
short description Howard Shelley conducts Charles Villiers Stanford [Ulster Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description The Jupiter Project – adaptations by Clementi, Cramer & Hummel for piano, flute, violin & cello of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, Figaro, Piano Concerto K467 & Jupiter Symphony – David Owen Norris & Friends [Hyperion]
short description Gerald Finzi – Sacred and Secular choral music – Trinity Choir/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas BWV910-916 – Mahan Esfahani [Hyperion]

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 Conductor Willem Mengelberg, by Frits Zwart [book review]
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

Classical News

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Renata Tebaldi Has Died at Age 82
Beethoven House in Bonn Puts Its Collection of Composer's Documents on the Web
Sidonie Goossens, Harpist and Last of a Distinguished Musical Family, Is Dead At 105
Tokyo Conductor to Lead All Nine Beethoven Symphonies on New Year's Eve
Simon Rattle Accepts Germany's Comenius Prize for Bringing Music to Youth
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