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Concert Reviews

short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Lahav Shani conducts Mendelssohn & Mahler, Chen Reiss sings Richard Strauss
short description Christian Tetzlaff Focus at Wigmore Hall – Schubert – Schwanengesang with Julian Prégardien & Martin Helmchen and String Quintet
short description LSO/Mark Elder – Dvořák & Elgar – Nikolaj Znaider plays Bruch
short description BBC Singers & St James’ Baroque at Milton Court – Peter Dijkstra conducts Mendelssohn’s edition of J. S. Bach’s Matthew Passion
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Petrushka, and a Liadov threesome, Ray Chen plays Prokofiev
short description Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Riccardo Muti at Carnegie Hall (2) – Verdi & Brahms – and the New York premiere of Samuel Adams’s many words of love
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 1/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts Ravel with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing both Piano Concertos [live webcast]
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – James Feddeck conducts Samuel Barber’s First Symphony, Icarus in Orbit and Pictures at an Exhibition – Javier Perianes plays Ravel
short description Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Riccardo Muti at Carnegie Hall (1) – Scherzo fantastique & Four Sea Interludes, the New York premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto, and Clémentine Margaine sings Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer
short description Philharmonia Orchestra/Juraj Valčuha – Kodály & Bartók – Evgeni Bozhanov plays Beethoven … Music of Today with Irvine Arditti – Cattaneo & Sciarrino

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 68: Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev’s October Revolution Cantata & Shostakovich 5 – Denis Matsuev plays Tchaikovsky
short description Proms at ... Wilton’s Music Hall – songbirdsongs ... Molly's Song 3 ... Eight Songs for a Mad King
short description Prom 66: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Haydn’s Bear & Mahler’s Fourth
short description Prom 64: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Wolfgang Rihm’s In-Schrift & Bruckner 9
short description Prom 65: Stax Records – 50 Years of Soul – Jools Holland
short description Prom 63: Semyon Bychkov conducts The Oresteia & Manfred Symphony – Kirill Gerstein plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 61: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Andrea Tarrodi & Carl Nielsen – Renée Fleming sings Samuel Barber & Richard Strauss
short description Prom 62: Chineke! conducted by Kevin John Edusei, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Jeanine De Bique
short description Prom 60: Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko – The Firebird & Shostakovich 12 – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 59: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Richard Croft, Alice Coote, Joélle Harvey, Anna Stéphany, Michèle Losier, Clive Bayley; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati

CD Reviews

short description Bach Magnificats – Johann Sebastian, Johann Christian, Carl Philipp Emanuel – Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Sonya Yoncheva – The Verdi Album [Sony Classical]
short description Music by Franz Danzi – Piano and Cello Concertos – Nareh Arghamanyan, Aurélian Pascal, Howard Griffiths [Sony Classical]
short description Johann Gottlieb Janitsch – Sonatas & Ouverture grosso – Rediscoveries from the Sara Levy collection [Tempesta di Mare & Philadelphia Baroque; Chandos Chaconne]
short description Riccardo Chailly conducts Stravinsky – including The Rite of Spring and the first recording of Funeral Song [Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Decca]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Haydn – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey
short description John Wilson conducts Copland Orchestral Works 3 – Symphonies [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Yale Schola Cantorum – David Hill conducts Palestrina’s Missa Confitebor tibi Domine [Hyperion]
short description Symphonic Psalms & Prayers – Nigel Short & Tenebrae, with BBC Symphony Orchestra [Signum]
short description San Francisco Symphony – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Robert Schumann’s Symphonies [SFS Media]

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 Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore [Showing on February 10]
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein [January 27]
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

Classical News

Jóhann Jóhannsson dies aged 48
Columbia Artists' Sheldon-Atlas Office Adds Staff
San Diego Symphony Names Successor to Jahja Ling
New York Philharmonic Asia Tour with Jaap van Zweden
Brass composer chosen for Emerging Composers Workshop in New York
The Met: Live in HD’s 2018–19 Season Kicks Off on October 6 with Anna Netrebko in the Title Role of Verdi’s Aida
Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Become Met Music Director in September 2018, Two Seasons Earlier Than Originally Planned; 2018-19 Season Announced
Nicolas Hodges and Colin Currie announce Birtwistle premiere to mark Queen Elizabeth Hall reopening, 19 April 2018
James Bond 007: Blood Stone – Contest Kick-off FMF Young Talent Award 2018 open for applications from 15 February to 19 March 2018
John Adams is 71 today
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