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Concert Reviews

short description New York Philharmonic opening concert of 2018-19 season – Jaap van Zweden conducts premiere of Ashley Fure’s Filament, The Rite of Spring, and Daniil Trifonov plays Ravel
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Janáček & Sibelius – Janine Jansen plays Szymanowski
short description Renée Anne Louprette at Royal Festival Hall organ
short description Classical Opera at Wigmore Hall – Ian Page conducts Bastien und Bastienne & La Passione
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák & Janáček, and Britten’s Spring Symphony
short description Ian Bostridge & Thomas Adès at Wigmore Hall – Schubert’s Winterreise
short description LSO opening concert of 2018-19 season – Simon Rattle conducts Birtwistle, Holst, Turnage, Britten
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/François-Xavier Roth – Stravinsky, Debussy, Ligeti – Carolin Widmann plays Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto [live webcast]
short description Welsh National Opera – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Elisabeth Leonskaja at Wigmore Hall – Mozart, Schoenberg, Webern

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 66: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko I – Paul Dukas & Franz Schmidt – Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at … Alexandra Palace Theatre – Jane Glover conducts Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury
short description Prom 65: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov – La valse, Berio’s Sinfonia, The Rite of Spring
short description Prom 65a: Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar
short description Prom 64: London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Prom 62: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko – Elgar & Bartók – Adela Zaharia gives premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora, Miah Persson sings Richard Strauss
short description Prom 63: András Schiff plays Book Two of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 61: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Bruckner 4 – Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 7/Proms Chamber Music – Leonard Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond – Wallis Giunta & Michael Sikich ... La bonne cuisine ... Crème Brûlée on a Tree
short description Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Bernstein & Shostakovich

CD Reviews

short description Richard Arnell: Complete Music for Violin and Piano + Stanley Bate’s Sonata No.1 – Patrick Wastnage & Elizabeth Dunn [Toccata Classics]
short description Steven Devine plays Rameau’s Complete Solo Keyboard Works [Resonus]
short description Antonio Pappano conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Three Symphonies – Jeremiah, Age of Anxiety, Kaddish – Prelude, Fugue & Riffs [Lemieux, Rana, Sierra, Barstow, Carbonare; Santa Cecilia; Warner Classics]
short description Martyn Brabbins conducts Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony [BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description ORR Live at the Concertgebouw – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schubert & Brahms [Soli Deo Gloria]
short description Owain Park Choral Works – The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Steven Osborne plays Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux [Hyperion]
short description Vivaldi x2 – Double Concertos played by La Serenissima [Avie]
short description Russian National Orchestra – Mikhail Pletnev conducts Shostakovich – Symphonies 4 & 10 [PentaTone]
short description Mike Batt conducts The Planets & Pomp and Circumstance [Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Guild]

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 Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts [August 2018]
short description Inge Borkh: 26 May 1921-26 August 2018
short description Wonderfeel 2018
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]

Classical News

Sir Thomas Allen directs The Marriage of Figaro: the first production of the Royal College of Music Opera Studio
NEXT Musicians Announced - BCMG/Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Announces Elena Schwarz as Associate Conductor
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Royal Opera House announces opening Season for the new Linbury Theatre
Handel’s Divas: London Handel Festival celebrates the women who inspired and sang Handel’s music [27 March-29 April 2019]
Askonas Holt creates new leadership position, Director, Global Head of Strategy & Innovation, appointing Sean Michael Gross
Snape Maltings’ Britten Weekend: The String Quartets 19-21 October 2018
DSO new musicians
Spitalfields Music launches 2018 Festival
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