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Concert Reviews

short description San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Programme C – Bespoke | Hummingbird | Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
short description Opera Holland Park 2019 – Puccini's Manon Lescaut – Elizabeth Llewellyn, Peter Auty, Paul Carey Jones; directed by Karolina Sofulak; conducted by Peter Robinson
short description The Royal Ballet – Triple Bill – The Firebird | A Month in the Country | Symphony in C
short description Guildhall School double-bill at Milton Court Theatre – Blow’s Venus and Adonis | Handel’s Aminta e Fillide
short description The MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts La mer & Daphnis et Chloé – Isabel Leonard sings Le Temps l’horloge & Shéhérazade
short description LSO – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Charles Ives’s Holiday Symphony, Daniil Trifonov plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Programmes A & B – Shostakovich Trilogy | The Infinite Ocean | Snowblind | Björk Ballet
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Michael Sanderling conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – Bruno Delepelaire plays Haydn’s D-major Cello Concerto [live webcast]
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Simone Young conducts Webern’s Passacaglia & Brahms 4 – Karl Pituch & Johanna Yarbrough play a Concerto for Two Horns [live webcast]
short description Handel’s Agrippina – Maxim Emelyanychev & Il Pomo d’Oro at Barbican Centre – with Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli, Xavier Sabata & Elsa Benoit

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 John Andrews conducts Thomas Arne’s The Judgment of Paris – Brook Street Band [Dutton Epoch]
short description Lise Davidsen sings Wagner & Strauss with Philharmonia Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen [Decca]
short description James MacMillan – One Equal Music – The Elysian Singers/Sam Laughton [Signum Classics]
short description Albion Quartet – Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartets Opuses 9 & 96 [Signum Classics]
short description Andrew Manze conducts Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphonies – Sinfonia antartica & No.9 [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Onyx]
short description The Romantic Violin Concerto – 22 – Linus Roth plays Lassen, Scharwenka & Langgaard | BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antony Hermus [Hyperion]
short description Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert, Volume Two – Symphonies 1 & 5 and the Overture to Fierrabras [Basel Chamber Orchestra; Sony Classical digital download]
short description The Fellini Album – The Film Music of Nino Rota – Riccardo Chailly conducts Filarmonica della Scala [Decca]
short description Barry Douglas – Schubert Works for Solo Piano, Volume 4 – Sonatas D537, D575 & D664 [Chandos]
short description Edvard Grieg Kor sings Grieg [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 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
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]

Classical News

Welcome to the urban jungle: Smithfield Market transforms into a Beastly paradise this August
Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl steps in for Gábor Takács-Nagy in upcoming DSO performances, June 27, 28, & 30
Ian Page and The Mozartists explore Mozart’s travels across Europe, making their début at Lichfield Festival and returning to Wigmore Hall
Scottish Ensemble celebrates its 50th Anniversary season with new co-productions, pioneering collaborators, Scottish and international commissions, and a new Glasgow festival of string music
Gloria Vanderbilt, one-time wife of Leopold Stokowski, dies aged 95
Snape Maltings Concerts and Events in Autumn 2019
The Rychenberg Competition nominates 10 composers
Andermatt Concert Hall opens with Berliner Philharmoniker concert
RNCM announces 2019 Gold Medal winners
Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96
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