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Concert Reviews

short description Opera Holland Park – Mascagni’s Isabeau – Anne Sophie Duprels, David Butt Philip, Mikhail Svetlov, George von Bergen; directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans; conducted by Francesco Cilluffo
short description Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Puccini's La bohème – Kristine Opolais & Jonathan Tetelman
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

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 9: World Orchestra for Peace – Donald Runnicles conducts Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem & Beethoven’s Choral Symphony
short description Prom 8: BBCNOW/Thomas Søndergård – Lili Boulanger, Morfydd Owen, Schumann 4 – Bertrand Chamayou plays Mendelssohn
short description Prom 7: Jacob Collier and Friends
short description Prom 6: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Gershwin’s An American in Paris & Messiaen’s Turangalîla
short description Prom 5: Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Stefan Herheim’s production of Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande – John Chest, Christina Gansch, Christopher Purves; London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 1/Proms Chamber Music – Calidore String Quartet & Javier Perianes – Caroline Shaw’s Essays & Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet
short description Prom 4: BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena – Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – Mark Simpson plays Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto
short description Prom 3: BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary
short description Prom 2: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Alain Altinoglu – Fauré's Pavane & Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé – Francesco Piemontesi plays Mozart K595
short description First Night of the Proms 2018 – Sakari Oramo conducts BBCSO in Oliver Knussen's Flourish with Fireworks, VW's Toward the Unknown Region, Holst's The Planets, and Anna Meredith's Five Telegrams

CD Reviews

short description Handel’s finest arias for base voice ii – Christopher Purves with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Handel’s Acis and Galatea – Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn with Allan Clayton & Lucy Crowe [Chandos Chaconne]
short description Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Haydn Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 [Chandos]
short description Grace Davidson sings Handel & Vivaldi [Academy of Ancient Music & Joseph Crouch; Signum Classics]
short description Peter Oundjian conducts Vaughan Williams [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Sebastián de Vivanco – Missa Assumpsit Jesus – De Profundis/Robert Hollingworth [Hyperion]
short description Smetana’s Festive Symphony & Dances from The Bartered Bride – Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Darrell Ang [Naxos]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner's Symphony 8 & Messiaen’s Couleurs [DVD & Blu-ray]
short description Violin Sonatas by Miaskovsky, Shebalin & Nechaev – Sasha Rozhdestvensky & Viktoria Postnikova [First Hand Records]
short description Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta – Orchestral music from Der Ring des Nibelungen [Naxos]

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

  Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki [The Tsarina's Slippers]
  Mozart: Don Giovanni [Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni]
  Puccini: Turandot
  Puccini: Tosca
  Wagner: Das Rheingold [Der Ring des Nibelungen: I]
  Wagner: Siegfried [Der Ring des Nibelungen: III]
  Wagner: Die Walküre [Der Ring des Nibelungen: II]
  Wagner: Götterdämmerung [Der Ring des Nibelungen: IV]

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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