2022 sees the BBC Proms restored to its full eight-week glory. Starting on 15th July 2022 there are 84 concerts over 57 days with over 3,000 musicians. The Classical Source shall bring you reviews up until the spectacular Last Night on Saturday 10th September.
Prom 5: BBC Philharmonic – Juanjo Mena conducts Bruckner & Bach – Lawrence Power plays MacMillan’s Viola Concerto
This Prom was to have featured the premiere of Cassandra Miller’s Viola Concerto, but the withdrawal of Omer Meir Wellber presumably necessitated the partial change
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company – Utopia, Limited – with Ben McAteer, Anthony Flaum, Monica McGhee & Paul Featherstone; directed by Jeff Clarke; conducted by John Andrews
After the hiatus of a couple of years owing to disagreements among composer, librettist and their impresario, Richard D’Oyly Carte, Utopia, Limited (1893) marked a return to
Opera Holland Park’s double bill presents an intriguing pair of short operas by composers with seemingly little connection between them. But not only do they
Victoria Newlyn’s production of Donizetti’s comic opera (1832) makes good use of West Green’s ‘theatre on the lake’, positioned upon the island in the latter,
Longborough Festival 2022 – Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero & Freya Waley-Cohen’s Spell Book
Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (1625) was the occasion for several firsts in operatic history – the first surviving opera written by a woman;
Such is the enduring appeal and ingenuity of Mozart’s first collaboration with Lorenzo Da Ponte that it generally survives whatever is thrown at it in
Few bona fide keyboard titans play every Prokofiev Piano Sonata, and only a small cohort
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth & Sixth Symphonies and Violin Concerto – Erich Kleiber, Ruggiero Ricci, Malcolm Sargent [Eloquence]
This Fourth Symphony of Tchaikovsky first appeared on a five-disc 78rpm set in 1949, but
Launy Grøndahl is here presented as a notable champion of the music of his compatriots.
It seems reasonable that Peter and the Wolf should be narrated by a BBC announcer,
Half a century and more ago Anatole Fistoulari’s (1907-95) name appered on many a recording
These are usually taken from press releases provided to us and published verbatim.
It is impossible to take in the scale and thoroughness of what happened in Theresienstadt (Terezín in Czech), the fortress town in Moravia that Nazi
Here are three reviews (the first two from Jane Bagot, the last from Colin Marston) of concerts that took place as part of Cumbria Opera
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D, Op.35; Sérénade mélancolique, Op.26; Valse-Scherzo, Op.34; Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op.42* Julia Fischer (violin), Russian National Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg
Feature LP Review – Beethoven|Cello Sonatas|Mainardi|Zecchi; Milstein Recital|Bussotti; Leonard-Morgan|American Dharma
Beethoven – The Cello Sonatas; Seven Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe’ from Die Zauberflöte, WoO.46 Enrico Mainardi (cello) & Carlo Zecchi (piano) Recorded at
Michel van der Aa – Time Falling Kate-Miller Heidke (singer), Netherlands Chamber Choir, Michel van der Aa & Thijs de Vlieger Recorded at Exalto Studios,