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Saturday 5 September 2015

Zae Munn: They were Mysterious Guests. © 2015 Navona Records LLC  Howard Smith (1939-2015)  Leif Solberg: Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music. © 2014 Toccata Classics  Lionel Sainsbury: Andalusian Fantasy. © 2015 Navona Records LLC  Natalia Strelle (1976-2015)  Alexandre Tansman Piano Music, Volume One - Danny Zelibor. © 2015 Toccata Classics  Boccherini: Sei Terzettini - La Real Cámara. © 2015 note 1 music gmbh

                

 

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* CD Spotlight. A Real Gem - Chamber music by Zae Munn impresses Geoff Pearce. 'The performances are committed and unified ...'

* Anniversaries: Johann Christian Bach; Giacomo Meyerbeer; Georg Solti

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: LAUS Academy Dubrovnik (4 July-20 September); Dubrovnik, HR; BeethovenFest Bonn (4 September - 4 October); Bonn, DE; The George Enescu International Festival (30 August - 20 September); Bucharest, RO

Recent Articles

Profile. Held with Love - Halida Dinova remembers Howard Smith (1939-2015)

CD Spotlight. Transparent Sincerity - Music by Leif Solberg, strongly recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Unbridled and vibrantly committed performances ...'

CD Spotlight. Worth Exploring - Piano music by Lionel Sainsbury, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... fine thematic content and impressive technical address.'

Classical music news - September 2015 Newsletter (PDF, 652kb); Natalia Strelle (1976-2015); Dan Iordăchescu (1930-2015); George Cleve (1936-2015); Vardo Rumessen (1942-2015); Helen Kemp (1918-2015); more ...

CD Spotlight. Consummate Skill - Piano music by Alexandre Tansman, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... excellent performances ...'

CD Spotlight. Consummate Skill - Boccherini chamber music, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... exquisite stuff from beginning to end ...'

Ensemble. Quite Stunning - The 2015 Three Choirs Festival, enjoyed by Roderic Dunnett

Ask Alice - On musical US Presidents, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

CD Spotlight. The OK Guys - Korngold's 'The Adventures of Robin Hood', impresses the late Howard Smith. 'The Moscow players appear right at home with this rousing score ...'

CD Spotlight. Enthusiasm and Precision - Carl Nielsen concerti, recommended by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... an essential acquisition, and not just for Nielsen collectors.'

CD Spotlight. Easy to Grasp - Piano music by Carl Loewe fascinates Gerald Fenech. 'In Linda Nicholson, Loewe has a wonderfully refreshing advocate.'

Classical music news - Roger Smalley (1943-2015); John Scott (1956-2015); Serge Collot (1923-2015); more ...

Thus Spoke Nietzsche - Daniel Sampaio marks some interesting anniversaries

Ensemble. Santa Fe's Mountain Tops - Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' impresses James Sohre

CD Spotlight. Cleverly Selected - Eighteenth century lied, recommended by the late Howard Smith. '... lucid, expressive variety.'

Ensemble. Big Voices - Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from Santa Fe, reviewed by Maria Nockin

CD Spotlight. Highly Appealing - Chamber music by Robert Kahn impresses Gerald Fenech. '... zealous advocates of Kahn's cause ...'

Ensemble. Semi-serious Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro

Ensemble. A Gift for the Bizarre - Salieri operas in England impress Roderic Dunnett

Ensemble. Constant Motion - Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment' at Santa Fe Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Intense and Moving - Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Scintillating Overtones - Maria Nockin describes the best 'Salome' she's seen in a decade

Ensemble. Vocal Fireworks - Mozart's 'La Finta Giardiniera' from Santa Fe delights Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Celebrating Pierre Boulez - Giuseppe Pennisi continues his reports from the Salzburg Summer Festival

CD Spotlight. Judged to Perfection - Schubert and Vorísek piano music, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... a truly magical disc ...'

Classical music news - Howard Smith; Gerd Natschinski; Michael Rayner; more ...

Ensemble. Meeting between Civilizations? - Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Classical music news - Anatoly Kremer (1933-2015); Václav Snítil (1928-2015); Alan Curtis (1934-2015); more ...

CD Spotlight. Colouristic Potential - Vocal music by Olivier Messiaen impresses Gerald Fenech. '... imaginative conducting ...'

 
Music's Delight - Ensemble and orchestra scores of the pre-classical period

Sponsored Features

L'Heure Romantique - Varda Kotler and Israel KastorianoCD Spotlight. Well Realized - Varda Kotler and Israel Kastoriano - recommended by Geoff Pearce. '.. partnership and sensitivity ...'

James Brawn in Recital. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Bach-Busoni; Liszt; Rachmaninov. © 2013 MSR ClassicsCD Spotlight. True Command - James Brawn plays Bach, Liszt, Musorgsky and Rachmaninov - recommended by Andrew Schartmann. 'The "Promenade" ... is like butter in Brawn's hands.'

Jack Liebeck. Photo © 2014 Phillip CohenEnsemble. Melting Rhapsody - Malcolm Miller enjoys Jack Liebeck and Danny Driver's 'Hebrew Melody' recital, plus a recital by David Aaron Carpenter

Roberta Stephen. Photo courtesy of the Canadian Music CentreAn Integral Part - Lindsey Wallis looks forward to the Canadian Music Centre's tribute concert to composer Roberta Stephen

A Beethoven Odyssey, Volume 3 - James Brawn. © 2014 MSR ClassicsCD Spotlight. Masterful Handling - Volume 3 of James Brawn's Beethoven, praised by Andrew Schartmann. '... his interpretive choices are exquisite.'

A Beethoven Odyssey, Volume 2 - James Brawn. © 2013 MSR ClassicsCD Spotlight. Perfect Indeed - More Beethoven from James Brawn, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. '... a profound - almost spiritual - connection to the music ...'

A Beethoven Odyssey, Volume I - James Brawn. © 2013 MSR ClassicsCD Spotlight. Masterfully Controlled - James Brawn's Beethoven Odyssey impresses Andrew Schartmann. '... the movement bubbles over with excitement ...'

A Tale of Two Cellos - Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd WebberCD Spotlight. Uncommon Piquancy - Music for two cellos, heard by Howard Smith. '... riveting effect.'

Louise Talma (1906-1996)Letter to Louise Talma (Never Sent) - by Jenna Orkin

Sybil Michelow (1925-2013)Think of Something Beautiful - Malcolm Miller pays tribute to contralto Sybil Michelow (1925-2013)

Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette. © 2011 Bel Air MediaDVD Spotlight. Olympic Scale - Charles Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'Musically the performance deserves all the applause it gets.'

John Joubert: String Quartets 1, 2, 3. Brodsky Quartet. © 2012 Somm RecordingsCD Spotlight. A Fascinating Recording - John Joubert's string quartets, heard by Alice McVeigh. 'The Brodskys throw themselves into the lament for Shostakovich ...'

Orrett Rhoden performs works for piano by Galuppi, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Brahms, Ravel and Rhoden / Bob Marley. © 2011 Dexter RecordingsCD Spotlight. Most Remarkable - Jamaican pianist Orrett Rhoden, heard by Bill Newman. '... one of the finest on disc ...'

Howells: Requiem; Take him, earth, for cherishing. Choir of Trinity College Cambridge / Stephen Layton. © 2012 Hyperion Records LtdCD Spotlight. Beautifully Apt - Choral music by Herbert Howells, heard by Robert Anderson. '... Howells at his finest.'

Anna Netrebko in Massenet's 'Manon' at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2012 Ken HowardVocal Glory - Massenet's 'Manon' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Rorianne Schrade. Photo © Christian SteinerAn Outstanding Evening - Bill Newman listens to American pianist Rorianne Schrade

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