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Concert Reviews

short description Chiaroscuro Quartet @ Wigmore Hall – Beethoven C-minor 18/4 & Schubert Death and the Maiden D810 [live webcast]
short description West Green House Opera – Rossini’s La Cenerentola – directed by Victoria Newlyn; conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren
short description West Green House Opera – Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice – directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Oliver Gooch
short description Verbier Festival 2019 – Sergei Redkin plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Rachmaninov [live Medici webcast]
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart | Andrew Manze, Pekka Kuusisto & Knut Erik Sundquist | Romanian Folk Dances, The Four Seasons, Music from Finland & Norway
short description Mark Padmore & Paul Lewis at Wigmore Hall – Rückert-Lieder & Dichterliebe
short description Sarah Connolly & Malcolm Martineau at Wigmore Hall
short description Welsh National Opera at the Royal Opera House – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Beethoven – Eroica Symphony/Andrew Manze & Violin Concerto/Vilde Frang
short description Opera Holland Park double-bill – Il segreto di Susanna & Iolanta

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 24: Relaxed Prom – Swan Lake & Paganini Rhapsody – BBC Phil/Ben Gernon with Juan Pérez Floristán
short description Prom 25: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Dalia Stasevska conducts Karelia Suite & Pathétique Symphony – Sol Gabetta gives London premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Cello Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 3: The English Concert & Kristian Bezuidenhout
short description Prom 23: BBC Philharmonic – Ben Gernon conducts Peterloo Overture & Swan Lake – Juan Pérez Floristán plays Paganini Rhapsody
short description Prom 21: Olivier Latry at the Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 22: BBC Philharmonic – John Storgårds conducts Isle of the Dead, Midnight Sun Variations, The Year 1905
short description Prom 20 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius – Thomas Dausgaard conducts the UK premiere of the first score of Symphony 5 | Pekka Kuusisto plays the Violin Concerto | Finnish Folk Music
short description Prom 19: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Thomas Dausgaard conducts Also sprach Zarathustra & The Confession of Isobel Gowdie – Alexander Melnikov plays Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto
short description Prom 18: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Claudia Mahnke & Stuart Skelton – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto
short description Prom 17: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – 2 – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Sibelius 1 & Der Rosenkavalier | Gil Shaham plays Prokofiev

CD Reviews

short description Elgar: The New England Connection, Volume 2 – Falstaff – and George Chadwick’s Tam O’Shanter – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Andrew Constantine [Orchid Classics]
short description John Wilson conducts Sinfonia of London in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Symphony, Theme and Variations, and Straussiana [Chandos]
short description St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description The Jupiter Project – adaptations by Clementi, Cramer & Hummel for piano, flute, violin & cello of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, Figaro, Piano Concerto K467 & Jupiter Symphony – David Owen Norris & Friends [Hyperion]
short description Gerald Finzi – Sacred and Secular choral music – Trinity Choir/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas BWV910-916 – Mahan Esfahani [Hyperion]
short description The London Album & The Paris Album – Trio Sonatas – Ensemble Diderot [Audax Records]
short description Ludwig van Beethoven – The Cello Sonatas – Leonard Elschenbroich & Alexei Grynyuk [Onyx]
short description Ivan Ilić plays Haydn Symphonies 44, 75 & 92, transcribed Stegmann for piano [Chandos]
short description The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann – Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC Philharmonic [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 Conductor Willem Mengelberg, by Frits Zwart [book review]
short description Arturo Toscanini conducts Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies & Missa solemnis – Pristine Audio's revelatory transcriptions of Studio 8H & Carnegie Hall concerts, 1939-1940
short description English Haydn Festival 2019
short description Feature Review: Two days at Aldeburgh Festival 2019
short description Feature Review: Three days at Swaledale Festival 2019 – Music, Arts & Walking in the Yorkshire Dales [May 25-June 8]
short description Final of inaugural China International Music Competition – Piano – Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, 20 May 2019 [live webcast on amadeus.tv via YouTube]
short description Doris Day – 3 April 1922-13 May 2019 – an appreciation
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites [Showing on May 11]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Recital Round Up [April 27-May 1]
short description Heather Harper 8 May 1930-22 April 2019 – an appreciation

Classical News

Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra return for their second Barbican season in October 2019
Katie Mitchell production of Zauberland will be performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre this autumn
Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O Presents Innovative New Staging of Handel’s Semele, Directed by James Darrah and Starring Amanda Forsythe, Alek Shrader, and Daniela Mack (Sep 19-28)
MasterVoices Announces 2019-20 Season
The orchestra at the edge of the earth... Nevis Ensemble perform Lost Songs on St Kilda
Iceland Symphony Orchestra marks 70th anniversary year with eight-concert UK tour (8-16 February 2020)
ENO announces changes to Board of Trustees
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and world-renowned composer Sir James MacMillan bring SCO Masterworks to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock
Helmuth Froschauer – chorus-master of Vienna Boys’ Choir, Vienna State Opera and Bayreuth Festival, and an orchestra conductor – dies aged 85 (22 September 1933, Vienna–18 August 2019)
Bryn Terfel sings the title role in The Royal Opera’s new production of Don Pasquale
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