Ensemble. An Overwhelming Success - Pier Luigi Pizzi's new 'Barber of Seville' enthralls the Rossini Opera Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Anniversaries: Juan Carlos Zorzi; Wilhelm Killmayer; Janet Baker; Piero Buscaroli; Miriam Pirazzini; Lili Boulanger
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Chopin and his Europe (9-31 August); Warsaw, PL; Salzburg Summer Festival (20 July-30 August); Salzburg, AT; Dubrovnik Summer Festival (10 July-25 August); Dubrovnik, HR; Santa Fe Opera (29 July-25 August); New Mexico, US; Rossini Opera Festival (11-23 August); Pesaro, IT; Dartington International Summer School and Festival (28 July-25 August); Devon, UK; Helsinki Festival (17 August-2 September); Helsinki, FI; Festival Puccini (14 July-25 August); Torre del Lago, IT; Edinburgh International Festival (3-27 August); Edinburgh, UK; La Mariette String Masterclasses (12 July-1 September); Parcay-sur-Vienne, FR; Lucerne Summer Festival (17 August-16 September); Lucerne, CH; Tanglewood - Bernstein Centennial Summer (21 June-26 August); Massachusetts, US; Glimmerglass Festival (7 July-25 August); Cooperstown, New York, US; Bayreuth Festival (25 July-29 August); Bayreuth, DE; Henry Wood (BBC) Promenade Concerts (13 July-8 September); London, UK; Glyndebourne (19 May-26 August); East Sussex, UK
Ensemble. Sparkling Wine and Wedding Cake - Rossini's 'Adina' in Pesaro, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Border Crossings - Mike Wheeler listens to Andy von Oppenkowski's recital as part of the Derby Cathedral organ series
Ensemble. A Lukewarm Reception - 'Ricciardo e Zoriade' at the Rossini Opera Festival, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A Funeral March - Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' at Salzburg impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
In At The Deep End - Michael Haynes' organ recital at Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - John Poole in Bellac; Donald Hunt (1930-2018); more ...
CD Spotlight. Coherent and Interesting - Music for string quartet by Lyell Cresswell interests Geoff Pearce. 'The Red Note Ensemble, a Scottish group specialising in new music, gives taut, precise performances, played with conviction.'
CD Spotlight. Attractive Creations - Violin duets by Louis Spohr, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... charming yet exhilarating performances full of subtle touches of colour and textural variety ...'
CD Spotlight. Passion and Conviction - Music by Paul Reale, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... the musical material evolves as it goes ...'
CD Spotlight. An Adventurous Undertaking - Piano music by Lowell Liebermann, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... superbly performed and sumptuously annotated and recorded.'
Classical music news - 2018 Presteigne Festival; more ...
Classical music news - Joseph Phibbs; more ...
Ensemble. Gábor Káli - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award
Ensemble. A Natural Assurance - Monteverdi and Elgar from the Three Choirs Festival at Hereford impress Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Deutsche Oper - Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte' at the Salzburg Summer Festival, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Outer Spaces - A homage to Beat Furrer in Salzburg, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Mozart Changes - Carleton Etherington's organ recital at Derby Cathedral, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Salome and the Stones - Giuseppe Pennisi sends his first report from the Salzburg Summer Festival
Classical music news - Ignored voice type; more ...
Classical music news - Schizophonia - August 2018 Newsletter (PDF, 848kb); Khayyam Mirzazade (1935-2018); more ...
Ensemble. A New Venture - Mike Wheeler listens to Brahms, Elgar, Haydn, Parry, Philip Moore, Purcell, Rutter, Stanford and Vivaldi from Derby Cathedral Choir
Ensemble. No Sex Please, We're Romeo and Juliet - Giuseppe Pennisi was at Rome's Terme di Caracalla for a new production of Prokofiev's ballet
Ensemble. An Absolute Triumph - Roderic Dunnett listens enraptured to Ireland and Smyth at the opening night of the 2018 Three Choirs Festival
Ensemble. Cheeky Formula - Nicolò Isouard's 'Cendrillon' at Bampton Classical Opera, heard by Roderic Dunnett
Crossing Borders - Mike Wheeler listens to Hugh Morris at Derby Cathedral, beginning this year's summer organ recital series
CD Spotlight. Sober and Engrossing - Orchestral music by Toshio Hosokawa, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi. 'The interpreters ... are high level and accustomed to working with Hosokawa and his music.'
Classical music news - Unique choral scholarships; Garsington Awards; more ...
Ensemble. Totally Individual - The first performance of David Sawer's opera 'The Skating Rink' impresses Roderic Dunnett
Classical music news - Bullumba Landestoy (1925-2018); Anthony Caesar (1924-2018); more ...
Ensemble. An Opera of Two Halves - Donizetti's 'L'ange de Nisida' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. Genuine Insights - Lizzie Ball and Morgan Szymanski at the Buxton Festival impress Mike Wheeler