Classical music news - Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015); Maria Radner (1981-2015); Oleg Bryzhak (1960-2015); Roy Douglas (1907-2015); Norman Scribner (1936-2015); Peter Katin (1930-2015); more ...
Anniversaries: Alexandre Guilmant; Carl Orff; Charles Villiers Stanford; Robert Tear; Maurice Jarre; William Walton; Richard Rodney Bennett
Today's concerts: Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z 328; Tallinn, EE; Verdi: La traviata; Venice, IT; Passiontide at Merton - J S Bach: Mass in B minor; Oxfordshire, UK; Total Vocal - a celebration of contemporary a cappella music; New York, US; Bizet: Carmen; Grevena, GR; The World of Manfred; Taipei, TW
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Festival Printemps des Arts (20 March-12 April); Monte Carlo, MC; Festival de Musique Sacrée de Perpignan (25 March - 4 April); Perpignan, FR; Istria Music Festival (28 March-1 April); Istria, HR; Hong Kong Arts Festival (27 February - 29 March); Hong Kong, CN
Ensemble. Nicely Varied - A seasonal programme from the Derwent Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ask Alice - An mvdaily.com exclusive newsflash, from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. Beautifully Performed - Contemporary orchestral music, enjoyed by Geoff Pearce. 'Very pleasurable and committed performances.'
CD Spotlight. Musical Potential - Weinberg's Symphony No 4 and Violin Concerto, heard by Howard Smith. '... seductive timbre and technical mastery ...'
CD Spotlight. Stirringly Uplifting - Organ music by William Faulkes, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Duncan Ferguson's renditions are as enthralling as they are warmly expressive ...'
CD Spotlight. Great Authenticity - Stavinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel for piano duet, recommended by Howard Smith. '... these performances will fulfill the highest technical expectations.'
Ensemble. A Fine Balance - Sophie Rosa plays Brahms' Violin Concerto, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Imaginative Programming - Music for recorder and harpsichord from Denmark and the UK, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... this partnership works very well musically ...'
Ensemble. Gallic Elegance - Alexandra Soumm joins Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for music by Ginastera, Lalo, Telemann, Bizet and Ravel, impressing Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Heartfelt Effect - Elgar from Petrenko and the RLPO, appreciated by Howard Smith. '... our Liverpool Orchestra is every bit the equal of its fine London counterparts ...'
Ensemble. Not to be Missed - The French ensemble Les Paladins, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Astonishing Performances - Early recordings by Nelson Freire impress Gerald Fenech. 'An ideal set for ... all who admire this truly great soloist.'
CD Spotlight. An Interesting Programme - Music for guitar and oboe / cor anglais, heard by Howard Smith. 'Zoco Duo's instrumental skills are beyond reproach ...'
Ensemble. Geological Imagery - Sinfonia Viva's schools residency project moves Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Great Beauty - Music by Étienne Moulinié, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'The members of Ensemble Correspondances have these pieces under their skin ...'
CD Spotlight. Boldly Decisive - Hideko Udagawa plays Brahms and Bruch, heard by Howard Smith. '... a firmly nourished tone ...'
Classical music news - ENO troubles; Ezra Laderman (1924-2015); Tod Dockstader (1932-2015); Tyzen Hsiao (1938-2015); more ...
CD Spotlight. Infectious Pleasure - Hindemith for piano impresses Robert Anderson. '... Korevaar emerges triumphant ...'
Ensemble. A Philological 'Tosca' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome
Ensemble. Vivid Evocation - Mark Bebbington plays Beethoven, Ireland, Chopin and Gershwin, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Astutely Judged - Music for violin and piano by Xavier Montsalvatge, heard by Howard Smith. '... brilliant, clear and individualistic.'
Classical music news - Rattle to London; March 2015 Newsletter (PDF, 523kb); more ...
Ensemble. Women are Stronger - Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at La Scala, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Wonderfully Airborne - Christina McMaster plays Debussy, McKenzie, Crawford Seeger, Ives and Beethoven, and impresses Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Stunning Works - Music for string quartet by James MacMillan, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. '... expressive, virtuosic, and replete with subtle hues.'
Young Genius - George Colerick investigates the emotional life of Johannes Brahms in his twenties
Ensemble. A Thought Provoking Combination - Iolanta and Bluebeard in high definition from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin