Classical music news - Julia Gomelskaya (1964-2016); Gigliola Frazzoni (1923-2016); Elisabeth Carron (1922-2016); more ...
Anniversaries: Sándor Szokolay; José Feghali; Mieczyslaw Weinberg; Bohuslav Martinu; Jean Sibelius; Jean Ritchie; Rodolfo Saglimbeni; Denise Shepherd; Knut Nystedt
CD Spotlight. Crystalline Beauty - Stravinsky choral music, highly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... Stravinsky's blend of the mystic and mundane never ceases to astound.'
CD Spotlight. Beyond Words - Rachel Brown's Revolutionary Flute Quartets, highly recommended by Alice McVeigh. 'The double-CD is worth buying for this slice of Gluck alone.'
Ensemble. Little to do with Shakespeare - A strong production of Rossini's 'Otello' opens Teatro San Carlo's new season in Naples, reported by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - Kamilló Lendvay (1928-2016); Aleksei Maslennikov (1929-2016); Allan Zavod (1945-2016); more ...
Ensemble. An Uneven Work - Mike Wheeler listens to Dvorák's 'Stabat Mater'
Ensemble. Technicolour Redemption? - Two Puccini works at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Abstract and Symbolic - 'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - A view from the pit - — December 2016 Newsletter (PDF, 589kb); MetOpera CD Box; Vaughan Williams; Mark Taimanov (1926-2016); more ...
Classical music news - Russell Oberlin (1928-2016); Alexander Yossifov (1940-2016); Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016); Jean-Claude Risset (1938-2016); Ida Levin (1963-2016); Jules Eskin (1931-2016); more ...
CD Spotlight. A Fantastic Collection - Little-known harpsichord gems, strongly recommended by Alice McVeigh. '... succeeds utterly, as does the immaculately sensitive [Penelope] Cave.'
Ensemble. Excellent Track-record - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Opera North's 'Billy Budd'
Ensemble. Passing Time - Opera North's 'Der Rosenkavalier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Transparently a Success - Gustav Holst's 'The Cloud Messenger' impresses Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Committed Performance - Mozart from Derby Choral Union, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Death and the Maiden - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Patricia Kopatchcinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
CD Spotlight. Unconscious Dimension - Music by Rautavaara, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... the singers' phrasing, harmonic direction and melodic sense all indicate how much this music is in their blood.'
Classical music news - Niklas Hoffmann; more ...
CD Spotlight. Full of Life - Trio Koch plays Moszkowski, Milhaud and Martinu, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the players show a superb understanding of the melodic line and harmonic structure ...'
CD Spotlight. A Smash Hit - Music for Advent from choir and saxophone, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... beautifully shaped in both the renaissance and contemporary repertoire ...'
Ensemble. Special Offer - Two top guitarists for the price of one, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Rich Baroque - 'La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina' by the almost forgotten Francesca Caccini, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A Great Joy - Zambello's 'Aida' premieres at San Francisco Opera, by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. A Serious Treat - Brass band works in memoriam, heard by Paul Sarcich. '... the bands are the best of Wales and play demanding music with utter professionalism.'
Ensemble. A Very Interesting Discovery - The first performance in modern times of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - Sheku Kanneh-Mason; more ...
Ensemble. A Study in Dislocation - Mike Wheeler listens to Chopin, Debussy, Ligeti, Liszt, Grigory Ginzburg and Scarlatti, played by Isata Kanneh-Mason
Ensemble. Standing Throughout - Sinfonia Viva and Duncan Ward in Derby Cathedral, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Flooding Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews the first performance of Filippo Perocco's opera 'Aquagranda'
A Demanding Programme - Richard Uttley plays Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven, appreciated by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A view from the pit - John Joubert's 'Jane Eyre', praised by Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. Mysterious Spirit - Florian Boesch sings Schubert, enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. '... brimming with compelling moments of great yet gentle intimacy ...'