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Concert Reviews

short description Bennewitz Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn
short description Longborough Festival Opera – Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos – Helena Dix, Jonathan Stoughton, Robyn Allegra Parton, Clare Presland, Darren Jeffery; directed by Alan Privett; conducted by Anthony Negus
short description Buxton International Festival 2018 – Verdi’s Alzira – Kate Ladner, James Cleverton, Jung Soo Yun; directed by Elijah Moshinsky; conducted by Stephen Barlow
short description Buxton International Festival 2018 – Brescianello’s Tisbe – Julia Doyle, Hilary Summer, Robert Murray & Morgan Pearse; directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Adrian Chandler
short description Tanglewood – Bernstein Centennial Summer – including Trouble in Tahiti
short description Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret at Barbican Theatre
short description Grange Park Opera – Novaya Opera’s production of Konstantin Boyarsky’s Pushkin – Peter Auty, Julietta Avanesyan; directed by Igor Ushakov; conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig
short description Tanglewood – Jeremy Denk at Seiji Ozawa Hall
short description Grange Festival 2018 – Leonard Bernstein’s Candide
short description Anita Lasker-Wallfisch at Wigmore Hall

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Last Night of the Proms 2017 conducted by Sakari Oramo
short description Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Brahms & Beethoven – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K449
short description Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Daniel Harding conducts Mahler 6
short description Prom 73: András Schiff plays Book One of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 71: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski – Funeral Song ... Volga Boatmen ... Russian Funeral ... The Year 1905 – Alina Ibragimova plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at ... The Tanks at Tate Modern
short description Prom 70: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Karina Canellakis – Missy Mazzoli & Dvořák – Jeremy Denk plays Bartók
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM8 – Elias String Quartet & Alice Neary play Schubert’s String Quintet
short description Prom 69: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck – John Adams’s Lollapalooza & Mahler 1 – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Dvořák
short description Prom 67: Mendelssohn – The Hebrides, Violin Concerto, Reformation Symphony – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado with Isabelle Faust

CD Reviews

short description Edward Gardner conducts Edward Elgar – Symphony No.2 & Serenade for Strings [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Edward Elgar – Short Orchestral Works – David Lloyd-Jones conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra [Dutton Epoch]
short description Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Brahms [WDR Sinfonieorchester; Profil]
short description Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Leçons de ténèbres – Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Joshua Bell plays Max Bruch – Scottish Fantasy & Violin Concerto No.1 – Academy of St Martin in the Fields [Sony Classical]
short description Stephen Hough’s Dream Album [Hyperion]
short description Chamber Music by Ernö Dohnányi – The Nash Ensemble [Hyperion]
short description Wiener Symphoniker – Philippe Jordan conducts Beethoven’s Fourth & Fifth Symphonies
short description Andrew Manze conducts Berlioz & Weber – Harold in Italy with Lawrence Power, Invitation to the Dance [Bergen Philharmonic; Hyperion]
short description Grażyna Bacewicz – Piano Quintets, Quartets for Violins and for Cellos – Silesian Quartet & Friends [Chandos]

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 A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
short description How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
short description Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]
short description Feature Review: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies on LP – Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – June 9, An Aldeburgh Aperitif – Orsino Ensemble and Phantasm
short description Feature Review: Britten, Bernstein and America – two concerts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson at Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – Robert Murray, James Horan, Mark O’Keeffe, Cédric Tiberghien, Pavel Kolesnikov, Claire Chase [June 8 & 9]
short description William Bolcom at Eighty, and in London June 1 & 2
short description May 2018 releases from Calliope and Indésens – Debussy, Mozart, Ravel, Szymanowski, and Modern Piano Recital

Classical News

Nicola Benedetti is 31 today
International Contemporary Ensemble Taps New Executive Director
Former NEA Chair to PBS
Contract Terminated for Creative Scotland Chief
Franz Beyer dies aged 96
Snape Proms 2018: 1–31 August
Royal College of Music becomes first London conservatoire to embrace ‘collaborative’ piano
Basil Ramsey (1929-2018)
Sergei Babayan & Deutsche Grammophon
Szymanowski Music Competition
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