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Concert Reviews

short description Haydn: The Creative Genius – 14 Feb
short description By George! In Miniature (13 Feb)
short description Berlioz Requiem – New York Philharmonic (12 Feb)
short description Philharmonia Orchestra German Romantics III – 11 Feb
short description Les Troyens – Metropolitan Opera (10 Feb)
short description LSO/Krivine – 9 Feb
short description Max’s Voyage to Fair Isle – 8 Feb
short description Pure Pärt v Stultifyingly Sanctimonious Sellars under Capacious Kapoor – 7 Feb
short description CBSO/Oramo – The Crazed Moon (6 February)
short description Philharmonia Orchestra German Romantics II – 6 February

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 47: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro & Prokofiev 5 – Pekka Kuusisto gives premiere of Venables Plays Bartók
short description Prom 45 – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott – Jeux & Petrushka – Renaud Capuçon plays orchestrated Ravel
short description Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Laura Jurd premiere & Kenton’s West Side Story – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Prom 44: CBSO/Ludovic Morlot – From Faune to Boléro via Psalm 130 and Nocturnes
short description Prom 43: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim – Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman, Scriabin – with Lisa Batiashvili & Elsa Dreisig
short description Prom 42: Estonian Festival Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – Arvo Pärt & Sibelius – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Grieg
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 5/Proms Chamber Music – Colin Currie & JACK Quartet – Xenakis, Holt, Farrin
short description Prom 41: BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Pour les funérailles d'un soldat and Dona nobis pacem – Jean-Guihen Queyras plays Elgar
short description Prom 40: Joshua Bell & ASMF – Dream & Lament, Saint-Saëns & Beethoven
short description Prom 38: John Wilson conducts Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story [performance 1]

CD Reviews

short description Kenneth Woods’s orchestration of Brahms’s Piano Quartet Opus 26 [English Symphony Orchestra; Nimbus Alliance]
short description Mark Elder conducts Wagner’s Das Rheingold [Hallé]
short description Stephen Dodgson String Trios & Solo Pieces – Karolos [Naxos]
short description The Lily & the Rose – Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman [Hyperion]
short description Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 2 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Howard McGill in Concerto for Stan Getz [Chandos]
short description Royal String Quartet plays James MacMillan [Hyperion]
short description LSO Live – Valery Gergiev conducts Rachmaninov & Balakirev
short description Come to Me in My Dreams – Sarah Connolly & Joseph Middleton [Chandos]
short description Benjamin Zander discusses and conducts Beethoven’s Choral Symphony – Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra [Brattle Media]
short description Günter Wand conducts Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies [NDR; RCA Red Seal]

SoundBite60 Reviews

  Fantasía – Maximiliano Martín & Inocencio Negrín
  Haydn 24 Minuets
  Sting/Dowland: Songs from the Labyrinth
  Gounod Symphonies
  Chopin/Cortot
  Tales of Beatrix Potter

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 A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
short description A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
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]

Classical News

Three Smart Women Moving on Up the Ladder
French Orchestras Question Gatti's Instant Firing
Sheku Kanneh-Mason Brit Breakthrough Award
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76
V&A Dundee
Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic
American Classical Music Hall of Fame Inducts Tanglewood
Stars announced for Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall
Donald Hunt dies aged 88
Benjamin Appl, Bach, Sony Classical [September 7 release]
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