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Concert Reviews

short description London Handel Festival at St Lawrence – Chandos Anthems conducted by Adrian Butterfield
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich 1957 – Semyon Bychkov conducts Symphony 11 (The Year 1905) and Alexei Volodin plays Piano Concerto 2 & Glinka Variations
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Ibéria, Mother Goose & La mer – Stephen Hough plays Saint-Saëns’s Egyptian Piano Concerto
short description London Handel Festival – Handel versus Porpora – Giuseppina Bridelli with Le Concert de L’Hostel Dieu & Franck-Emmanuel Comte
short description New World Symphony – Bernard Labadie conducts Handel, Haydn & Mozart
short description JACK Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Elliott Carter’s Five String Quartets
short description Budapest Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall – Iván Fischer conducts Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Ildikó Komlósi & Krisztián Cser | Márta Sebestyén performs Romanian & Hungarian folksongs
short description Wigmore Hall – Vivaldi’s La Senna festeggiante – Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen with Emőke Baráth, Anna Reinhold & Callum Thorpe
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Osmo Vänskä conducts Tintagel, Belshazzar’s Feast & Sibelius 5 – Jan Lisiecki plays Grieg
short description The Metropolitan Opera – Verdi’s La traviata – Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński; directed by Michael Mayer; conducted by Nicola Luisotti

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 Piston Chamber Music
short description Georges Pretre on CD - Bizet and Ravel
short description John Woolrich
short description Georges Pretre on CD - Richard Strauss
short description Victor de Sabata: La notte di Platon
short description Hans Werner Henze on CD
short description Belcea Quartet - Debussy, Dutilleux & Ravel
short description Nino Rota: Cello Concertos
short description Britten and Veale: Violin Concertos
short description Tchaikovsky Ballet Music

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 Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets
short description Feature review: BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Lili and Nadia Boulanger [Barbican Centre, 6 April 2019]
short description Edward Clark interviews Paavo Järvi regarding his Sibelius Symphony Cycle with Orchestre de Paris for RCA Red Seal
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Wagner’s Die Walküre [Showing on March 30]
short description Hector Berlioz: he died 150 years ago, on 8 March 1869 – a few personal messages – from Anderson to Woods, via Cowan, Falletta, JEG, Matthew-Walker, Orga, Rouse, Slatkin, and others
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: György Ligeti – All events up to 5 p.m. [2 March 2019]
short description Hilde Zadek – 15 December 1917-21 February 2019 – An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment [Showing on March 2]
short description Wilma Lipp – 26 April 1925-26 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Bizet’s Carmen [Showing on February 2]

Classical News

Rob Cowan is 71 today
Jörg Demus dies aged 90
ABO Sirens awards for 2019, including Proms performance of Dorothy Howell's LAMIA
ROH Loses Its Appeal on Damaged Hearing Case
New Leaders, New Venue, New Summer Season for La Jolla
Aspen Hires New General Manager
Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall – April 30 Schubert recital postponed
Yan Pascal Tortelier is 72 today
Roberto Alagna marks his 100th Royal Opera performance by singing the title role in Andrea Chénier
Nemanja Radulović makes his debut at the BBC Proms with Kirill Karabits and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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