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Concert Reviews

short description Grange Park Opera – Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera – Vincenzo Costanzo, Roland Wood, Claire Rutter; directed by Stephen Medcalf; conducted by Gianluca Marcianò
short description Grange Festival 2018 – Handel’s Agrippina – Anna Bonitatibus, Raffele Pe, Christopher Ainslie, Ashley Riches, Stefanie True; directed by Walter Sutcliffe; conducted by Robert Howarth
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Haydn 12 & Beethoven 5, Arabella Steinbacher plays Mozart K219 – Music of Today Composers’ Academy
short description The Royal Opera – Wagner’s Lohengrin – Klaus Florian Vogt, Christine Goerke, Jennifer Davis, Georg Zeppenfeld, Thomas J. Meyer; directed by David Alden; conducted by Andris Nelsons
short description Würth Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – Rumon Gamba conducts Tallis Fantasia & Enigma Variations, John Lill plays Rachmaninov
short description Longborough Festival Opera – Wagner’s Flying Dutchman – Simon Thorpe, Kirstin Sharpin, Jonathan Stoughton, Richard Wiegold; directed by Thomas Guthrie; conducted by Anthony Negus
short description Classical Opera at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Ian Page conducts Mozart’s La finta semplice
short description English National Ballet – Kenneth MacMillan's The Sleeping Beauty
short description Paul Lewis at Royal Festival Hall – Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms
short description Yuja Wang at Barbican Hall – Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Prokofiev

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 68: Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev’s October Revolution Cantata & Shostakovich 5 – Denis Matsuev plays Tchaikovsky
short description Proms at ... Wilton’s Music Hall – songbirdsongs ... Molly's Song 3 ... Eight Songs for a Mad King
short description Prom 66: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Haydn’s Bear & Mahler’s Fourth
short description Prom 64: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Wolfgang Rihm’s In-Schrift & Bruckner 9
short description Prom 65: Stax Records – 50 Years of Soul – Jools Holland
short description Prom 63: Semyon Bychkov conducts The Oresteia & Manfred Symphony – Kirill Gerstein plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 61: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Andrea Tarrodi & Carl Nielsen – Renée Fleming sings Samuel Barber & Richard Strauss
short description Prom 62: Chineke! conducted by Kevin John Edusei, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Jeanine De Bique
short description Prom 60: Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko – The Firebird & Shostakovich 12 – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 59: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Richard Croft, Alice Coote, Joélle Harvey, Anna Stéphany, Michèle Losier, Clive Bayley; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati

CD Reviews

short description Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Brahms [WDR Sinfonieorchester; Profil]
short description Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Leçons de ténèbres – Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Joshua Bell plays Max Bruch – Scottish Fantasy & Violin Concerto No.1 – Academy of St Martin in the Fields [Sony Classical]
short description Stephen Hough’s Dream Album [Hyperion]
short description Chamber Music by Ernö Dohnányi – The Nash Ensemble [Hyperion]
short description Wiener Symphoniker – Philippe Jordan conducts Beethoven’s Fourth & Fifth Symphonies
short description Andrew Manze conducts Berlioz & Weber – Harold in Italy with Lawrence Power, Invitation to the Dance [Bergen Philharmonic; Hyperion]
short description Grażyna Bacewicz – Piano Quintets, Quartets for Violins and for Cellos – Silesian Quartet & Friends [Chandos]
short description Barry Douglas – Schubert Works for Solo Piano, Volume 3 – Sonata D958 & Moments musicaux [Chandos]
short description Ginastera – Orchestral Works 3 – Piano Concerto No.1, Variaciones concertantes, Concierto argentino – Xiayin Wang/BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena [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 Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
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
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata

Classical News

Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese Co. Completed
San Francisco Conservatory Provost and Dean Headed Back East
Glyndebourne announces new programmes for female composers and young orchestral players
NYO invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of first ever US tour, and launches major fundraising campaign chaired by David Warburton MP
BBC Proms Announcement, the Royal Albert Hall as it has never been seen before
Rosalind Plowright to sing Old Baroness in Vanessa at Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Sakari Oramo’s 2018 BBC Proms include world premieres of commissioned works by Anna Meredith, Philip Venables and Laura Mvula, mighty scores by Bruckner, Holst and Messiaen, a fresh take on Gershwin and a date with the great British choral tradition
ESTA UK announces Nicola Benedetti as its next President
200 young musicians from schools across England perform as a pop-up orchestra
LSO, Simon Rattle, Stockhausen, Gruppen, Tate Modern, June 30
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