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Concert Reviews

short description Wimbledon Choral Society & Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall – Neil Ferris conducts Vaughan Williams’s Mystical Songs & the premiere of Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem – Martin James Bartlett plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Ben Glassberg conducts Walton’s Henry V music & Dvořák 8 – Kirill Gerstein plays Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto [live webcast]
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts John Adams’s Harmonielehre & Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique
short description London Sylvan Ensemble/Tom Higgins with Sarah Markham @ St James’s Piccadilly – including world premieres from Lawrence Axelrod and Robert Matthew-Walker
short description International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Closing Concert – Daphne Delicata | Lucia Micallef, Brigitte Peyré & Estonian Sinfonietta/Brian Schembri – Ravel Sonatine, Hindemith, Poulenc Aubade, Fiorini, Mahler Kindertotenlieder
short description Mitsuko Uchida plays Schubert Piano Sonatas at Carnegie Hall – D537, D840, D960
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Bruckner 3 – Janine Jansen plays Brahms’s Violin Concerto
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Funeral Song & Rite of Spring – Igor Yuzefovich plays Shostakovich
short description Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Winchester Cathedral – Christopher Petrie conducts Călin Humă premiere – Alexandru Tomescu plays Porumbescu & Saint-Saëns
short description The Anvil 25th-Birthday Gala – Martyn Brabbins conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra – Breathing Space, Here and There, Enigma Variations – Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto

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 Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Josef Suk – Asrael Symphony & Fairy Tale – with the Czech Philharmonic [Decca]
short description Vers l'ailleurs – Gaspard Dehaene plays Schubert D959, Liszt & Bruneau-Boulmier [Collection 1001 Notes]
short description Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León – Andrew Gourlay conducts Rachmaninov [OSCyL own-label]
short description Albrecht Mayer – Longing for Paradise – Music for Oboe and Orchestra by Elgar, Strauss, Ravel & Goossens | Bamberger Symphoniker & Jakub Hrůša [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ssens Trio plays Divertimento in E-flat K563 & Bach Fugues [Lawo Classics]
short description Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ – Andrew Davis conducts Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Chorus [Chandos]
short description Johannes Brahms’s three Piano Quartets – Primrose Piano Quartet [Meridian]
short description The Choir of Westminster Abbey – James O’Donnell conducts Bairstow, Harris & Stanford [Hyperion]
short description Seiji Ozawa conducts Beethoven 9 [Mito Chamber Orchestra; Decca]
short description Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile | Music for String Quartet – Finzi Quartet, Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Plane, Ruth Bolister [Resonus]

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 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]
short description Theo Adam – 1 August 1926-10 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description John Joubert: A composer for today and tomorrow – An appreciation by Kenneth Woods
short description Leonard Bernstein 100 – The Masters Photograph the Maestro [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur [Showing on January 12]
short description Eloquence Goes Dutch – Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Edo de Waart, with guest appearances from Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Géza Anda

Classical News

The Rundfunkchor Berlin presents its new season 2019/20
The Grange Festival International Singing Competition returns in Autumn 2019
Canadian pianist Tony Siqi Yun wins first prize at inaugural China International Music Competition
Jonathon Heyward announced as next Chief Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra receives gift of £250,000 from John Osborn to support centenary celebrations
Eurovision Song Contest 2019: The Netherlands wins in Tel Aviv
American, Canadian and Russian pianists go through to Final of China International Music Competition and chance to win unprecedented cash prizes
Met Opera Tax Return Reveals Levine's Compensation
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Will Exit
Ivor Bolton is 61 today
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