CD Spotlight. Commendable - Poulenc for winds and piano, heard by Howard Smith. 'MSR's combination of Poulenc wind music is unlike any other.'
Ensemble. Sense of Purpose - Schumann and Fauré from The Schubert Ensemble delight Mike Wheeler
Anniversaries: Moshe Atzmon; Gerald Moore; André Prevost; George Szell; Buxton Festival
Today's concert: Bizet: Carmen; Athens, GR
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Dubrovnik Festival (10 July-25 August); Dubrovnik, HR; Three Choirs Festival (25 July - 1 August); Hereford, UK; Ohrid Summer Festival (12 July - 20 August); Ohrid, MK; Pärnu Organ Festival (5 June-28 August); Pärnu, EE; Fishguard International Music Festival (20-30 July); Dyfed, UK; Festival Pablo Casals (26 July-13 August); Pyrénées-Orientales, FR; LAUS Academy Dubrovnik (4 July-20 September); Dubrovnik, HR; Verbier Festival (17 July - 2 August); Verbier, CH; Crescendo Summer Institute (20 July-3 August); Tokai, HU
Ensemble. Quartet for the End of Time - Mike Wheeler continues his reports from Buxton
Ensemble. Frustratingly Patchy - Charpentier's 'Louise', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Invigorating Music - Telemann, J S Bach and Handel from Mary Bevan and members of the English Concert, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Haunting Effect - Spanish and Catalan music from Maria Camahort and friends, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Long Musical Summer - Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena
Classical music news - Bill Newman; Presteigne Festival; more ...
Ensemble. Poise and Elegance - Tchaikovsky and Mozart from the English Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Positively Explosive - Verdi's 'La traviata' at Winslow Hall Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Ask Alice - 'William Tell' at Covent Garden, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. Refreshingly Inventive - A recital by Soraya Mafi and Ian Tindale captivates Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Immediate Appeal - Music by and inspired by Axel Borup-Jørgensen, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... very descriptive, atmospheric music ...'
Ensemble. Far from Traditional - Puccini operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. More than a Mere Curiosity - Verdi's 'Giovanna d'Arco', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Helmut Lachenmann at Eighty - Malcolm Miller attends a study day and concert in London
Ensemble. A Flawed Production - Mike Wheeler has some reservations with Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Buxton
CD Spotlight. Not for the Squeamish - Symphonies by Andrei Golovin, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Sound and presentation are top notch.'
CD Spotlight. A Fine Programme - Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos, recommended by Howard Smith. '... superb performances ideally recorded.'
Ensemble. Grim and Shivery Intensity - Bizet's 'Carmen' at Nevill Holt Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett
CD Spotlight. An Intruiguing View - Guitar music by Sofia Gubaidulina, heard by Keith Bramich. '... clear, poised and committed performances.'
CD Spotlight. Slickly Professional - The latest in Cala Records' 'London Sound' series impresses Howard Smith. '... music of surpassing excellence.'
Ensemble. General Tendencies - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Aix-en-Provence for three operas and an orchestral concert
Classical music news - Edward Greenfield (1928-2015); Denis Vigay (1926-2015); Server downtime; more ...
Ensemble. Nicely Varied - Beethoven, Mozart, Crusell, Françaix and Schubert from members of Sinfonia Viva, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Gift Horse - Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera brings tears to James Sohre's eyes
Ensemble. Bach the Borrower - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derwent Singers
Ensemble. Taking Flight? - Marco Tutino's 'Two Women (La Ciociara)', reviewed by James Sohre
DVD Spotlight. An Ancient Character - Rossini's 'Semiramide', reviewed by Howard Smith. '... traditional elements alongside innovative ones.'
Ensemble. Endlessly Memorable - Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Classical music news - Tchaikovsky Competition winners; more ...
Classical music news - July 2015 Newsletter (PDF, 938kb); more ...
DVD Spotlight. Telling Effect - Gaetano Donizetti's 'La Favorite' impresses Gerald Fenech. '... lovingly produced and passionately executed ...'
Classical music news - Gunther Schuller (1925-2015); Joseph de Pasquale (1919-2015); James Horner (1953-2015); Peter Prier (1942-2015); more ...
CD Spotlight. Seeds of Excellence - Haydn and Debussy from Masahiro Yamaguchi, heard by Howard Smith. 'I was agreeably surprised at Masahiro's sparkling clarity ...'