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Concert Reviews

short description Chineke! Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall – From Errollyn Wallen to Beethoven 8 via In memoriam Stephen Lawrence, Starburst, and Sussex Landscape
short description Academy of Ancient Music at Barbican Centre – Richard Egarr conducts Handel’s Brockes-Passion
short description Deutsche Oper Berlin – Wagner’s Rienzi – Torsten Kerl, Martina Welschenbach, Annika Schlicht; directed by Philipp Stölzl; conducted by Evan Rogister
short description [email protected] – John Wilson conducts Gilbert & Sullivan, including Trial by Jury
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Andrew Davis conducts The Rose Lake & Pelléas et Mélisande – Lisa Batiashvili plays Szymanowski
short description Merce Cunningham Trust, Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
short description Javier Perianes at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Chopin Nocturnes & Sonata, Debussy Estampes, Falla Three-Cornered Hat
short description Solomon’s Knot at Wigmore Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra in New York – Edward Gardner conducts Egmont & Mahler 1 – James Ehnes plays Sibelius’s Violin Concerto
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mozart 40 & Beethoven’s Eroica | Philharmonia Winds – Robin O’Neill conducts his arrangements of Bach, Debussy & Bartók

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
short description Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra – RPO/Joshua Weilerstein
short description Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town
short description Prom 56: BBCSO/Sakari Oramo – Bruckner 5 – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Mozart K467
short description Prom 55: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer II – Hungarian Rhapsodies & Dances, Zigeunerweisen – Liszt, Brahms & Sarasate
short description Prom 54: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer I – Enescu, Bartók, Mahler
short description Prom 53 (Aug 21): Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar – now rescheduled as Prom 65a, August 31, 10.15 p.m.
short description Prom 52: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner – Flying Dutchman Overture & Sibelius 2 – Alina Ibragimova gives premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Whirld
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 6/Proms Chamber Music – BBC Singers & Sakari Oramo – Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Holst ... Laura Mvula premiere ... Parry's Songs of Farewell
short description Prom 51: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Parsifal Prelude & Nørgård 3 – Malin Byström sings Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs

CD Reviews

short description Angels – Choral Music by John Tavener – Winchester Cathedral Choir/Andrew Lumsden [Hyperion]
short description Oslo Philharmonic & Vasily Petrenko – Richard Strauss’s Zarathustra & Heldenleben [LAWO Classics]
short description Leonard Slatkin conducts Hector Berlioz – From Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedict, King Lear [Orchestre National de Lyon; Naxos]
short description Kirill Karabits conducts Liszt – Mazeppa and Sardanapalo [Staatskapelle Weimar; Audite]
short description Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 3 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Sarah Connolly singing A History of the Thé Dansant [Chandos]
short description Busoni’s Piano Concerto – Kirill Gerstein, Sakari Oramo, Boston Symphony Orchestra [Myrios Classics]
short description Martyn Brabbins conducts Elgar’s Caractacus – Huddersfield Choral Society & Orchestra of Opera North [Hyperion]
short description Cédric Tiberghien plays Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, troisième année & other late piano works [Hyperion]
short description Christian Thielemann & Staatskapelle Dresden at Suntory Hall – Robert Schumann’s Four Symphonies [Sony Classical]
short description Alban Gerhardt plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites [Hyperion]

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 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]
short description Hector Berlioz: he died 150 years ago, on 8 March 1869 – a few personal messages – from Anderson to Woods, via Cowan, Falletta, JEG, Matthew-Walker, Orga, Rouse, Slatkin, and others
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]

Classical News

Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès conclude their three-year Beethoven Symphony Cycle with performances of Symphonies 7, 8 and 9
Heather Harper dies aged 88
Rob Cowan is 71 today
Jörg Demus dies aged 90
ABO Sirens awards for 2019, including Proms performance of Dorothy Howell's LAMIA
ROH Loses Its Appeal on Damaged Hearing Case
New Leaders, New Venue, New Summer Season for La Jolla
Aspen Hires New General Manager
Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall – April 30 Schubert recital postponed
Yan Pascal Tortelier is 72 today
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