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Concert Reviews

short description Juilliard String Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Beethoven, Bartók, Dvořák
short description Pavel Kolesnikov at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Brahms, Beethoven, Louis Couperin, Tchaikovsky
short description Robin Tritschler & Graham Johnson at Wigmore Hall – Schumann’s Spring and Fall
short description The Royal Opera –Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades – Vladimir Stoyanov, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Felicity Palmer; directed by Stefan Herheim; conducted by Antonio Pappano
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Bartók & Bruckner [Concert 1/January 13]
short description Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra 20th-Anniversary Concert @ Barbican Hall – Marios Papadopoulos conducts the Eroica Symphony – Mutter & Vengerov play Bach, Argerich plays Schumann
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Sibelius 7 & Nielsen’s Inextinguishable Symphony – Barbara Hannigan sings Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you
short description Bundesjugendorchester at Berliner Philharmonie – Kirill Petrenko conducts West Side Story & The Rite of Spring – Wieland Welzel plays William Kraft’s First Timpani Concerto [live webcast]
short description Sunwook Kim at Wigmore Hall – Mozart, Beethoven, Donghoon Shin, Chopin
short description London Schools Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Centre – Ryan Wigglesworth conducts Death and Transfiguration & Twilight of the Gods – Rachel Nicholls sings Richard Strauss

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Mahler 5 – Annelien Van Wauwe plays Mozart
short description Prom 49: European Union Youth Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda – Agata Zubel’s Fireworks & Tchaikovsky 5 – Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin
short description Prom 48: LSO/Simon Rattle – Ravel – Mother Goose & L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Magdalena Kožená sings Shéhérazade
short description Prom 47: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro & Prokofiev 5 – Pekka Kuusisto gives premiere of Venables Plays Bartók
short description Prom 45 – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott – Jeux & Petrushka – Renaud Capuçon plays orchestrated Ravel
short description Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Laura Jurd premiere & Kenton’s West Side Story – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Prom 44: CBSO/Ludovic Morlot – From Faune to Boléro via Psalm 130 and Nocturnes
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

CD Reviews

short description Amarae morti – El León de Oro/Peter Phillips [Hyperion]
short description Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner with Furio Zanasi, Lucile Richardot & Krystian Adam [Soli Deo Gloria]
short description Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms – Opuses 4, 116, 117, 118 [Hyperion]
short description Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Sibelius – Symphony 1 & En Saga – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra [Alpha Classics]
short description John Andrews conducts the first recording of Arthur Sullivan’s The Light of the World [BBC Symphony Chorus & Concert Orchestra; Dutton]
short description Arcadia Quartet – Béla Bartók’s Complete String Quartets [Chandos]
short description Manuel Cardoso Requiem – Cupertinos/Luís Toscano [Hyperion]
short description Zubin Mehta & Israel Philharmonic – The Mumbai Concerts – with Forsyth, Matsuev, Zukerman [Accentus; DVD]
short description French Cello Concertos – Lalo, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns – Hee-Young Lim [LSO/Scott Yoo; Sony Classical]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian & Polish Symphonies [LPO own label]

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 Slatkin and the NSO on the road
short description “I try not to have too many dreams”
short description The Saul Seminars - Mitsuko Uchida
short description Whatever Happened To Alberich?
short description Leonard Slatkin - Bernstein’s three symphonies
short description Musicians in Concorde: Mark Levy & William Lawes
short description Leonard Slatkin on John Adams
short description “The first memento mori - I’ll check my pulse”
short description “What, with my name?” - A conversation with John Adams
short description A Fantasy Come True - Jonathan Haas in conversation

Classical News

Houston Grand Opera’s 2019–20 Season Features a Lineup of Seven Productions Never Before Seen by Houston Audiences
Houston Grand Opera Announces Cast Substitution: Baritone Alexander Birch Elliott to replace Mariusz Kwiecień in The Pearl Fishers
Sid Ramin is 100 today
London Mozart Players and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins celebrate a trio of birthdays with an all-Mozart programme at two London concerts
Flagship gift for Scotland’s national music school
Murmurs: BCMG celebrates the music of award-winning composer Rebecca Saunders and presents the world premiere of Donghoon Shin’s concerto for Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei on Thursday 21 March
London Centre for Music
PRS New Music Biennial [July 2019]
Oslo International Church Music Festival to give Norwegian premiere of the opera Upon this Handful of Earth, centering around the modern climate change debate
Louisville Orchestra Launches Fourth Festival of American Music with Rachel Grimes’s New Folk Opera, The Way Forth (Feb 23)
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