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Sunday 24 July 2016

'Space in Sound' - Chigiana International Festival  Gemma Lois Summerfield  Eleonora de la Peña in Opera Roma's 'Barber of Seville' at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome. Photo © 2016 Yasuko Kageyama  A Chorus of Dissent. Detail from artwork © 2016 Ros Bethan  John Poole  Marie Lys and Paul Nilon in Handel's 'Tamerlano' at the Buxton Festival. Photo © 2016 Robert Workman  Ellie Dehn in San Francisco Opera's 'Carmen'. Photo © 2016 Cory Weaver

                

 

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* Ensemble. Old and New - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Siena's Chigiana International Festival

* Anniversaries: Giuseppe di Stefano; Ernest Bloch; Adolphe Adam; Ruggiero Ricci; Wilfred Josephs; Mario Sereni; Ik-Hwan Bae; Robert Farnon

* Today's concerts: Bizet: Carmen; Athens, GR; John McCabe Memorial Concert - City of Canterbury Chamber Choir; Kent, UK; Allegri String Quartet with Reinoud Ford, cello - Llanfyllin Music Festival; Powys, UK

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Buxton Festival (8-24 July); Derbyshire, UK; 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival (10 July-25 August); Dubrovnik, HR; Three Choirs Festival; Gloucester, UK; La Mariette String Masterclass with Pál Banda and Zsuzsa Berenyi (21-28 July); Indre-et-Loire, FR; Grand Prix Thailand - ninth international choir festival (20-24 July); Pattaya, TH

Recent Articles

Ensemble. Refined Phrasing - Gemma Lois Summerfield and Sebastian Whybrew at Buxton impress Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Not Entirely New - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a double 'Barber of Seville' in Rome

A Chorus of Dissent - Ros Bethan illustrates her own musical poem

Classical music news - John Poole; Boston Landmarks Orchestra; Bach to the Future; more ...

Ensemble. Lucid Sense - Handel's 'Tamerlano' at Buxton, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Carmen Lite-ful (Rhymes with Frightful) - James Sohre sends the last of his reports from San Francisco

Ensemble. On Vibrant Form - Bellini's 'I Capuletti e I Montecchi' at the Buxton Festival, recommended by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Hugely Rewarding - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at Garsington Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

Ensemble. Triumphant Janácek - 'Jenůfa' in San Francisco impresses James Sohre

Ensemble. First Thoughts - Mike Wheeler reports on Beethoven at the 2016 Buxton Festival

Ensemble. Nabucco goes to War - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience in Rome

Ensemble. A Fine, Robust Performance - Handel's 'Israel in Egypt', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Musically Exceptional - San Francisco's starry Don Carlo, seen by James Sohre

CD Spotlight. Life Force - Dan Redfeld's 'A Hopeful Place', heard by Keith Bramich. '... a profound, unusual and striking work ...'

Ensemble. Well Thought-out - Reiko Fujisawa plays Bach's Goldberg Variations, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Culturally Ambiguous - Tiara Ataii listens to British-Israeli countertenor Yaniv d'Or

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh receives a fan letter

CD Spotlight. Highly Personal - Messiaen organ music, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'An excellent introduction to Messiaen's unique sound-world ...'

CD Spotlight. Cohesive Power - Burkard Schliessmann, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... seldom less than impressive ...'

CD Spotlight. Consistently Vibrant - Music inspired by St Francis of Assisi, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'A heart-melting issue ...'

Ensemble. A Polished Team - Heritage Opera's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Classical music news - Andris Nelsons; more ...

CD Spotlight. Incredible Musicianship - Ancient Scottish Highland music, recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Although not for the faint hearted, the rewards are great ...'

CD Spotlight. Surprisingly Dramatic - Organ music by Rudolf Tobias, heard by Roderic Dunnett. 'Ines Maidre is a performer of attractive virtuosity and sound judgment.'

CD Spotlight. Beautifully Done - Mozart violin concerti, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... Kraggerud is most ably supported by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra ...'

Classical music news - Invitation to Dance; Sergei Cortez (1935-2016); more ...

Ensemble. Mixed Feelings - Mozart's 'Così fan tutte', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Thoroughly Captivating - Seventeenth century Italian solo sonatas, admired by the late Howard Smith. '... Caudle's irreproachable grasp ... invites admiration throughout ...'

Classical music news - Charles Chaynes (1925-2016); Harry Rabinowitz (1916-2016); more ...

CD Spotlight. Of Huge Interest - Orchestral music by Granados, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... well crafted and very tuneful.'

CD Spotlight. Many Paths - Piano music by Frederic Rzewski impresses Roderic Dunnett. '... a marvel of composition, enjoyable by anyone.'

Ensemble. Divine Providence - Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Donizetti's religious opera 'Linda di Chamounix'

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

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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.'

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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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