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Concert Reviews

short description The Metropolitan Opera – Phelim McDermott’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte – Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, Christopher Maltman & Kelli O’Hara; conducted by David Robertson
short description Philharmonia Orchesta/Esa-Pekka Salonen – Biber, Beethoven, Unsuk Chin … Music of Today – Vito Žuraj
short description Villiers Quartet at Pushkin House – Shostakovich, Josephson, David Matthews, Tischenko
short description LSO – Susanna Mälkki conducts Sibelius 5 & Patrick Giguère’s Revealing – Daniel Müller-Schott plays Elgar
short description International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Closing Concert – Dimitri Scarlato conducts...
short description The Royal Ballet – Triple Bill of works by Resident Choreographers – Obsidian Tear; Marguerite and Armand; Elite Syncopations
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – John Storgårds conducts Jeu de cartes, Rachmaninov 3, and Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Labèque sisters
short description International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Somogyi String Quartet plays Bartók & Stravinsky
short description Academy of Ancient Music at Milton Court – Richard Egarr plays and conducts Haydn & Dussek
short description Igor Levit at Wigmore Hall – Rzewski, Mendelssohn, Mahler/Stevenson

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 Karl Böhm conducts Le nozze di Figaro, Royal Festival Hall 1954 [ICA Classics]
short description Murray Perahia plays Beethoven – Hammerklavier & Moonlight Sonatas [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description The Gesualdo Six – English Motets [Hyperion]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Arthur Bliss – The Beatitudes [BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Handel’s Last Prima Donna: Giulia Frasi in London – Ruby Hughes/OAE/Laurence Cummings [Chandos Chaconne]
short description Krystian Zimerman plays Schubert – Piano Sonatas D959 & D960 [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Sir Thomas Beecham & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [ICA Classics]
short description Edward Gardner conducts William Walton – Sonata for String Orchestra, Partita, and James Ehnes plays the Viola Concerto [Chandos]
short description Jacqueline du Pré, Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya, Jean Martinon, Carlo Maria Giulini – 1962 [ICA Classics]
short description Elliott Carter Late Works [Ondine]

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: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Verdi’s Luisa Miller [Showing on April 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Così fan tutte [Showing on March 31]
short description New World Symphony in Florida: Michael Tilson Thomas, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jeannette Sorrell [February & March 2018]
short description Feature Review: Speakers Corner, Tacet and Analogphonic LPs – Brahms/Dvořák/Reiner, Vivaldi/Daskalakis, Mendelssohn/Haendel/Martzy/Müller-Kray, Brahms/Martzy/Wand, Paganini/Ricci, Milstein, Sarasate/Campoli, Bartók/Julliard, Bartók/Stern/Bernstein...
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Rossini’s Semiramide [Showing on March 10]
short description In praise of Philip Sawyers’s Violin Concerto
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Puccini’s La bohème [Showing on February 24]
short description Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…

Classical News

18-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia wins Senior First Prize at the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva and host city for 2020 Competition named as Richmond, USA
BBC Young Musician/Robert Burton
NY Philharmonic Archivist to Step Down
Turin's Teatro Regio Intendant Exits Early; Noseda's Future Unclear
10 year-old Australian Christian Li and 11 year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore win joint Junior First Prize at the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva
The Royal Opera presents the world premiere of Mamzer Bastard by Doctoral Composer-in-Residence, Na’ama Zisser, a co-commission with the Guildhall School in association with Hackney Empire
Composer Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with two major commissions and an album release
Yan Pascal Tortelier is 71 today
Murray Perahia is 71 today
Aurora Orchestra at BBC Proms
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