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Concert Reviews

short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Richard Egarr conducts Handel & Bach
short description Castalian String Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn – the last three Quartets of Opus 76
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Louis Langrée conducts Candide Overture & An American in Paris – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K453
short description Igor Levit at Wigmore Hall – Bach/Brahms, Busoni, Schumann, Wagner/Liszt, Liszt/Busoni
short description Chineke! and Wayne Marshall at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Julian Joseph premiere, Stewart Goodyear plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Isouard’s Cendrillon
short description Blackheath Community Opera – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 – Handel’s Saul – Markus Brück, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Karina Gauvin; directed by Barrie Kosky; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description Gabriela Montero at Wigmore Hall – K330, Waldstein Sonata, Kreisleriana
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – La Fura dels Baus’s production of Haydn’s The Creation; directed by Carlus Padrissa; conducted by Laurence Equilbey

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 43: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim – Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman, Scriabin – with Lisa Batiashvili & Elsa Dreisig
short description Prom 42: Estonian Festival Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – Arvo Pärt & Sibelius – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Grieg
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 5/Proms Chamber Music – Colin Currie & JACK Quartet – Xenakis, Holt, Farrin
short description Prom 41: BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Pour les funérailles d'un soldat and Dona nobis pacem – Jean-Guihen Queyras plays Elgar
short description Prom 40: Joshua Bell & ASMF – Dream & Lament, Saint-Saëns & Beethoven
short description Prom 38: John Wilson conducts Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story [performance 1]
short description Prom 39: John Wilson conducts Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story [performance 2]
short description Prom 37: Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano – Representation of Chaos, Jeremiah Symphony, Mahler 1
short description Prom 36: Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen – Webern’s Opus 10 & Mahler 10’s Adagio, and Act I of Die Walküre
short description Prom 34: BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena – Walton, Copland, Britten, Barber – Sally Matthews sings Les Illuminations & Antony and Cleopatra

CD Reviews

short description Kenneth Woods’s orchestration of Brahms’s Piano Quartet Opus 26 [English Symphony Orchestra; Nimbus Alliance]
short description Mark Elder conducts Wagner’s Das Rheingold [Hallé]
short description Stephen Dodgson String Trios & Solo Pieces – Karolos [Naxos]
short description The Lily & the Rose – Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman [Hyperion]
short description Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 2 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Howard McGill in Concerto for Stan Getz [Chandos]
short description Royal String Quartet plays James MacMillan [Hyperion]
short description LSO Live – Valery Gergiev conducts Rachmaninov & Balakirev
short description Come to Me in My Dreams – Sarah Connolly & Joseph Middleton [Chandos]
short description Benjamin Zander discusses and conducts Beethoven’s Choral Symphony – Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra [Brattle Media]
short description Günter Wand conducts Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies [NDR; RCA Red Seal]

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 few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
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]

Classical News

V&A Dundee
Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic
American Classical Music Hall of Fame Inducts Tanglewood
Stars announced for Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall
Donald Hunt dies aged 88
Benjamin Appl, Bach, Sony Classical [September 7 release]
Cecilia Bartoli & Decca
Free DSO Community Concerts
Chinese Arms Firm May Buy Steinway
Royal Concertgebouw Names Gatti Replacements
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