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Saturday 23 August 2014

I feel the silence - Sophie Harris, cello. © 2014 Sophie Harris, Music and Media Consulting / MMC Recordings  Messiaen: 'Turangalîla-Symphonie'. © 2014 Ondine Oy  Hope Wechkin: Leaning Toward the Fiddler - music for voice and violin. © 2013 Ravello Records LLC  Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth. © 2014 Delphian Records Ltd  Moto Perpetuo - Moving Works for Cello. © 2013 Navona Records LLC  Cello Elegies and Romances Volume 1 - Penelope Lynex and Alexander Wells. © 2010 London Independent Records  Philip Sawyers: Cello Concerto; Symphony No 2; Concertante. Orchestra of the Swan. © 2014 Wyastone Estate Ltd

                

 

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* CD Spotlight. Spirituality and Psychosis - Music improvised by Sophie Harris, heard by Howard Smith. '... clear qualities ...'

* Anniversaries: Nikolai Roslavets; Jean Pullois; Carl Dolmetsch

* Today's concerts: Presteigne Festival: Joyful Company of Singers / Peter Broadbent; Powys, UK; Janet Hilton and the Bloomsbury Singers - John Poole 80th Birthday Concert; Limousin, FR; Fire Island Opera Festival - Kurt Weill: The Protagonist; New York, US

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Baalbeck International Festival (30 July - 31 August); Baalbeck, LB; Glimmerglass Festival (11 July - 24 August); New York, US; Salzburg Festival (18 July - 31 August); Salzburg, AT; Bregenzer Festspiele (23 July - 25 August); Bregenz, AT; Fourth international festival of choirs and orchestras; Paris, FR; Schoenfeld International String Competition; Harbin, CN; Presteigne Festival (21-26 August); Powys, UK; Edinburgh International Festival; Edinburgh, UK; Schubertiade; Schwarzenberg, AT

Recent Articles

CD Spotlight. Imaginative and Profound - Olivier Messiaen's 'Turangalîla-Symphonie', heard by Keith Bramich. '... a vibrant, sparkling performance ...'

CD Spotlight. A Niche of Exploration - Music by Hope Wechkin, heard by Howard Smith. '... idiosyncratic, evocative and deeply committed ...'

CD Spotlight. Dust and Ashes - Handel's 'The Triumph of Time and Truth', impresses Robert Anderson. '... admirable performance ...'

CD Spotlight. Considerable Substance - Contemporary music for cello, heard by Howard Smith. '... Marinescu ... appears to have the measure of each work on offer here.'

CD Spotlight. Likeable Discs - Music for cello and piano, heard by Howard Smith. '... affectionately presented throughout.'

CD Spotlight. Great Accomplishment - Music by Philip Sawyers, appreciated by Robert Anderson. '... a very cogent argument.'

Ensemble. Daring and Bold - 'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Classical music news - Cristina Deutekom (1931-2014); more ...

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Considerable Beauty - An organ recital by John Hosking, heard by Tony Westerman

CD Spotlight. Feisty Drama - Jean Muller plays Liszt, heard by Howard Smith. '... Muller tackles the exacting Trancendental Etudes with enormous technical address ...'

Classical music news - Presteigne Festival; more ...

Ensemble. Rosenkavalier at War - Richard Strauss at Salzburg, with Giuseppe Pennisi

Sharply Focused - John Scott at the organ of Derby Cathedral delights Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Spectral Music - Women and War at the Salzburg Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Classical music news - Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014); more ...

CD Spotlight. Euro Folk Champions - The Apollo Chamber Players, impress Howard Smith. '... this scantily adorned traditional music derives straight from the heartbeat of regions in Southern, Eastern, and Central Europe.'

Ask Alice - On taking up the alto recorder, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ensemble. An Annual Event? - Cathedral organ high jinks from Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Sachin Gunga and Ben Bloor, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Classical music news - John McCabe; more ...

Ensemble. Religious Confrontation - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Salzburg Festival's 'Ouverture spirituelle'

Classical music news - Villiers Competition; Ik-Hwan Bae (1956-2014); Norman Leyden (1917-2014); more ...

CD Spotlight. A Fine Idea - Claudio Abbado at the Lucerne Festival, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... natural, extroverted musicality ...'

Admirably Projected - Simon Hogan plays the organ at Derby Cathedral, impressing Tom Corfield

Classical music news - August Newsletter (PDF, 398kb); Moral Obligation; more ...

DVD Spotlight. Much Courage - Alfredo Catalani's 'La Wally', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'This Tyrolean team has made fine music ...'

Experts on Morality? - Geoff Pearce discusses intolerance in public life

Ensemble. Smiles All Round - Fawzi Haimor conducts Sinfonia Viva and impresses Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Nature and Sentiment - Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Sameness in Performance? - Geoff Pearce asks if we've lost something precious in our search for perfection, and argues for a return to national styles of playing

Classical music news - Carlo Bergonzi (1924-2014); more ...

Out of this World - Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal plays Schumann, Beethoven, Poulenc, de Séverac and Lecuona, heard by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Completely Bonkers - H K Gruber's 'Gloria - A Pigtale', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Deftly Handled - Robert Quinney at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

Full Marks - Bill Newman listens to Nikolai Demidenko

 
Jenna Orkin: Writer Wannabe Seeks Brush With Death - From the heights of greatness (the Juilliard School; musicians Rosalyn Tureck and Nadia Boulanger) via way-ward paths to the depths of wickedness these reminiscences will entertain and enlighten.

Sponsored Features

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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