CD Spotlight. Astutely Judged - Music for violin and piano by Xavier Montsalvatge, heard by Howard Smith. '... brilliant, clear and individualistic.'
Anniversaries: Alfredo Casella; Heitor Villa-Lobos; Richard Hickox; Sergiu Comissiona; Sergei Prokofiev
Today's concerts: Daniel Hyde at the organ ... more J S Bach; Oxford, UK; Gala Concert - Claire Jones, harp; London Mozart Players; London, UK; Choral Composer/Conductor Collective - music written for C4; New York, US; The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP); Boston, US
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Bangor Music Festival 2015; Gwynedd, UK; Auckland Arts Festival (4-22 March); Auckland, NZ; Hong Kong Arts Festival (27 February - 29 March); Hong Kong, CN; Bermuda Festival (23 January - 8 March); Hamilton, BM
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
Ask Alice - A letter to Martin, upon his joining Facebook, from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. A Thought Provoking Combination - Iolanta and Bluebeard in high definition from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Particularly Enticing - Antonio Vivaldi flute concerti, recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Steger is a likeable exponent ...'
Classical music news - Andrzej Koszewski (1922-2015); Désiré Dondeyne (1921-2015); Anne Naysmith (1937-2015); Marvin David Levy (1932-2015); more ...
Ensemble. Skillfully Adapted - Gluck's 'Orfeo e Euridice' in Palermo, in the Berlioz version, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
DVD Spotlight. Double Murder - Richard Strauss's 'Elektra', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... the whole cast has been exemplary under the masterful direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen.'
Ensemble. Generous Spirit - Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Nielsen from Katherine Watson, Gary Griffiths, Jian Wang, Nikolaj Znaider and the Hallé Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Reader comment - An alternative viewpoint on Offenbach's 'The Tales of Hoffmann', live in HD from New York
Ensemble. Romantic Premonitions - Bellini's 'I Puritani', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Beautifully Managed - Music for Lent and Easter impresses Howard Smith. '... excellent musical standards and high technical achievements ...'
Ensemble. A Wonderful Performance - Offenbach's 'The Tales of Hoffmann', live in HD from New York, impresses Maria Nockin
Ensemble. A Real Joy - 'Le Ventre de Paris', praised by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Sublime Beauty - Choral music by Herbert Howells, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... glorious choral textures ...'
Classical music news - John McCabe (1939-2015); more ...
A Fabulous Concert - Rachel Barton Pine's solo Paganini impresses Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Soundly Constructed - Orchestral music by Barbara Harbach, heard by Howard Smith. '... the LPO is wholly admirable in this music ...'
Ensemble. An Unusual Reading - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences an icy Paris/Milan production of Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'
CD Spotlight. Appropriate Innocence - Spanish song, familiar and unfamiliar, heard by Paul Sarcich. 'High quality work all round.'
Classical music news - Odyssey releases; Joseph Alfidi (1949-2015); more ...
Ensemble. Vigour and Freshness - Clarinettist Julian Bliss joins Andrew Gourlay and Sinfonia Viva, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Early Genius - Orchestral works by the young Bartók, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... performances are consistently exciting ...'
Classical music news - ClassicsOnline HD.LL; more ...
Ensemble. A Triumph - Hans Werner Henze's love for Italy, and 'Gisella!' in Palermo, by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Pleasing Throughout - Poulenc ballet suites for piano, heard by Howard Smith. '... clearly at ease with Poulenc's soft-core tonality ...'
Ensemble. Modest Forces? - Keith Bramich listens to the first performance by a young conductor and his new orchestra
CD Spotlight. Brassy Fireworks - Music by John Pickard, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... a thrilling listening experience.'