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Concert Reviews

short description Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer at Lincoln Center – Bach & Rachmaninov – Dénes Várjon plays Beethoven
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Antonio Pappano – Ravel, Mussorgsky, Scriabin – Véronique Gens sings Duparc [live webcast]
short description LSO/Simon Rattle – Genesis Suite and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
short description Orchestre Pasdeloup/Elena Schwarz at Philharmonie de Paris – Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique – Gaspard Dehaene plays Liszt
short description BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Hoddinott Hall – Martyn Brabbins conducts Tippett’s Suite in D & Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra – Huw Watkins plays Britten’s Piano Concerto
short description Orchestre de Paris/Christoph Eschenbach at Philharmonie de Paris – La valse & New World Symphony – Julian Steckel plays Bloch’s Schelomo
short description LSO/Simon Rattle – Unfinished Symphony & Les Boréades – Magdalena Kožená sings Rückert-Lieder & Handel arias
short description New York Philharmonic/Susanna Mälkki – Helix and La mer – Baiba Skride plays Tchaikovsky
short description The Royal Opera at the Roundhouse – Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses / Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – Roderick Williams; directed by John Fulljames; conducted by Christian Curnyn
short description Ante Terminum Productions presents Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River [at the Church of St Bartholomew the Great]

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: CBSO/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Leonore No.3 & Beethoven’s Fifth, Leila Josefowicz plays Stravinsky, and Allan Clayton premieres Gerald Barry’s Canada
short description Prom 47: Reformation Day 1 – Bach’s Little Organ Book past and present – Robert Quinney & William Whitehead at Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 48: Reformation Day 2 – A Patchwork Passion – BBC Singers & City of London Sinfonia conducted by Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 49: Reformation Day 3 – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Dunedin Ensemble and John Butt
short description Prom 46: Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, with Simon O'Neill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, Peter Hoare, Thomas Quasthoff
short description Prom 45: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek
short description Prom 43: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Charles Dutoit conducts Falla’s El amor brujo & Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony – Joshua Bell plays Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole
short description Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen
short description Prom 42: François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Franck, Lalo – Cédric Tiberghien plays the Egyptian Piano Concerto & Les Djinns
short description Prom 40: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Tragic Overture, Nocturne Insomnia, Rhenish Symphony – Christian Tetzlaff plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Andrew Davis conducts Elgar – Falstaff – and Songs with Roderick Williams [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Fieri Consort – Tears of a Lover [Fieri Records]
short description Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione – Classical Opera/Ian Page with Stuart Jackson, Klara Ek, Soraya Mafi, Krystian Adam, Robert Murray & Chiara Skerath [Signum]
short description Wiener Symphoniker – Philippe Jordan conducts Beethoven’s First and Eroica Symphonies
short description Stephen Hough plays Debussy [Hyperion]
short description Kirill Karabits conducts William Walton’s Two Symphonies [Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Onyx]
short description Rachel Barton Pine plays Violin Concertos by Edward Elgar and Max Bruch – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton [Avie]
short description The Leonore Piano Trio plays Johann Peter Pixis [Hyperion]
short description Johannes Brahms – The Three Piano Trios – Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos & Yo-Yo Ma [Sony Classical]
short description Martyn Brabbins conducts Michael Tippett – Symphonies 1 & 2 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra [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 Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: David McVicar's production of Puccini’s Tosca with Yoncheva, Grigolo & Lučić [Showing on January 27]
short description Feature Review: From ICA Classics – BBC Legends box sets and Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer
short description Year of Wonder, by Clemency Burton-Hill [book review]
short description The music of Geraldine Mucha – a Prague concert and an Arco Diva recording
short description Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
short description Leading Tones by Leonard Slatkin [book review]
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Young Singers’ Competition 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel [Showing on November 18]
short description Feature Review: Kenneth MacMillan – A National Celebration at the Royal Opera House
short description George Enescu International Music Festival 2017

Classical News

Houston Grand Opera's 2018-19 season announced; will return to its Wortham Theater Center home
Teatro Regio Futuristic Set Falls, Injuring Choristers
On the Road Again: Minnesota Orchestra Is Headed to South Africa
Investec Opera Holland Park to commemorate Grenfell victims one year on
The Philharmonia Orchestra announces a new flagship audience development project in four of its residency centres, made possible by three major Foundation grants
LA Opera Announces 2018-19 Season
Irving Berlin
Jude Kelly CBE to leave Southbank Centre in order to lead global development of Women of the World festival
Manfred Honeck, ICMA Artist of the Year 2018
Lahav Shani appointed Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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