CD Spotlight. Higher-level Synthesis - Music for string quartet by Toshio Hosokawa, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... the Arditti ensemble produces the effect masterfully.'
Anniversaries: Jean-Michel Damase; Louis Théodore Gouvy; John McCabe; Bruno Maderna
Today's concert: Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Rome, IT
Ensemble. Deeply Gratifying - The first performance of Ian Venables' new clarinet quintet, heard by Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Passionate Tones - La bohème in HD from The Met, appreciated by Maria Nockin
Ask Alice - On wolf-tone eliminators and tennis balls, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. On Top Form - Géza Anda plays Bartók and Tchaikovsky, heard by Robert Anderson. '... splendid unanimity between pianist and conductor.'
Ensemble. Fourteen People and a Dog - Brits in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Closely Argued - Mike Wheeler listens to Andrew Dunlop and the Eblana String Trio
Ensemble. Repetitive Chugging - Mike Wheeler comes face to face with Orff's Carmina Burana
Ensemble. Traditional and Bold - Berlioz's Les Troyens, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Rich Sounds - Russian choral music, heard by Howard Smith. '... wholly satisfying and consistently worshipful.'
Ensemble. Wonderfully Amusing - Maria Nockin visits Mexico for Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore
Ensemble. Final Production? - Ron Bierman was at San Diego Opera's 'Don Quixote'
Ensemble. Wonderfully Atmospheric - Górecki, Chilcott, Thompson and Bernstein from Malcolm Goldring and the Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Approachable Pieces - Enescu and Bartók, heard by Robert Anderson. 'Laura Buruiana triumphs in what is ultimately an exacting work.'
Ensemble. Clash of Civilizations - Rossini's 'Maometto II', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Almost Physical Impact - Verdi's Requiem, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Elegant and Decorative - J S Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, impress Gerald Fenech. '... up there with the best.'
CD Spotlight. Pure Gain - Ballet music from Meyerbeer operas, heard by Robert Anderson. '... very stylish playing ...'
CD Spotlight. Heartfelt Buoyancy - Tchaikovsky, known and unknown, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... a wondrous sense of joy ...'
Ensemble. A Little More Human - Jack Perla's 'Jonah and the Whale', enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Hugely Enjoyable - Mike Wheeler listens to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Ensemble. Absolutely Luminous - Thomas Bowes plays the Barber Violin Concerto, and impresses Alice McVeigh
Classical music news - April Newsletter (PDF, 498kb); more ...
DVD Spotlight. Toughest Penance - Franck's 'Stradella', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... the staging did its best to eliminate the music altogether ...'
CD Spotlight. Interpretive Fabric - Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, reviewed by Andrew Schartmann. '... a tapestry of infinite colors ...'
Nicely Pointed - A piano recital by Robert Thompson, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Decadent and Sarcastic - A Zemlinsky-Puccini double bill in Turin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. An Interesting Idea - Opera North's 'From Paris with Love', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - Joseph Kerman; Marion Stein; more ...
Ensemble. Depth and Elegance - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo
Ensemble. Magnificently Sonorous - Brahms, Dvorák and Rimsky-Korsakov from the Derby Concert Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Exploration and Discovery - 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. Constantly Knitting - Mike Wheeler was at Opera North's Verdi Macbeth
CD Spotlight. Dedication and Commitment - René Jacobs' St Matthew Passion, strongly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... a power that almost sweeps you off your feet.'
Ensemble. High Spirits - The Piatti String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Overload - A long evening with the Cleveland Orchestra, described by Suzanne Torrey