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Concert Reviews

short description National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at Barbican Centre – Kirill Karabits conducts Science Fiction, Doctor Atomic Symphony, Sibelius 2
short description New York Philharmonic – Paavo Järvi conducts Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of Saari, and Daphnis et Chloé Suite 2 – Gautier Capuçon plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – New Year Eve’s Concert with Daniel Barenboim – Mozart & Ravel [live webcast]
short description 33rd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square: Stephen Layton conducts Handel’s Messiah
short description Brenda Rae & Jonathan Ware at Wigmore Hall
short description 33rd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square: Stephen Layton conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Iván Fischer – Dvořák’s Legends & Schubert’s Great C-major Symphony – Christian Gerhaher sings Hugo Wolf [live webcast]
short description 33rd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square: The Tallis Scholars
short description Alice Coote & Christian Blackshaw at Wigmore Hall – Songs of Life, Loss and Love...
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Barry Douglas – Tchaikovsky Plus One, Volume 1 – The Seasons & Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition [Chandos]
short description Pater Peccavi – The Marian Consort [Delphian]
short description Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Janáček with the Czech Philharmonic [Decca]
short description José Serebrier conducts Historic Gershwin Centennial Edition recording – including An American in Paris, with Leopold Godowsky III in the Piano Concerto [Somm]
short description Huw Watkins – Flute Concerto, Violin Concerto, Symphony – Adam Walker, Alina Ibragimova, Edward Gardner, Ryan Wigglesworth, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé [NMC]
short description Stephen Dodgson Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar – Karolos [Naxos]
short description Sir Dan Godfrey – a sesquicentennial salute [Pristine Audio]
short description David Hackbridge Johnson Orchestral Music, Volume One – Symphony No.9 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Paul Mann [Toccata Classics]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Gustav Holst – Orchestral Works Volume 4 [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Parry premiere recordings – Symphony 4 original, Proserpine, Suite moderne – BBCNOW/Rumon Gamba [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 Theo Adam – 1 August 1926-10 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description John Joubert: A composer for today and tomorrow – An appreciation by Kenneth Woods
short description Leonard Bernstein 100 – The Masters Photograph the Maestro [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur [Showing on January 12]
short description Eloquence Goes Dutch – Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Edo de Waart, with guest appearances from Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Géza Anda
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 3: José Serebrier conducts Glazunov, Complete Symphonies & Concertos [Warner Classics]
short description Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, by Roger Daltrey [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s La traviata [Showing on December 15]
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 2: Rafael Kubelík, Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 1: George Szell, Complete Columbia Album Collection

Classical News

Robert von Bahr launches brand-new eco packing initiative
Isle of Noises: London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates three centuries of British music in year-long festival, 30 January 2019 - 11 December 2019
Leeds Lieder Festival 2019: Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th April 2019
Plácido Domingo Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the International Opera Awards
New York Philharmonic Program and Artist change: Thomas Dausgaard To Replace Zubin Mehta
London Festival of Baroque Music 2019: Crossing the Border 10-18 May 2019 ... St John’s Smith Square / Westminster Abbey / Grosvenor Chapel
Celebration of the music of Sir George Benjamin at Wigmore Hall and the Roundhouse, 5 & 6 March 2019​
Billboard's 2018 Top 50 Classical Albums Are Mostly Not, Really
Primo Artists Signs Rising Conductor, Gemma New
Mischa Maisky is 71 today
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