Bold Eccentricities - Meyerbeer and the Development of Parisian Grand Opera, by George Colerick
Ensemble. An Involving Account - A visit from Die Marienkantorei, Osnabrück, heard by Mike Wheeler
Anniversaries: Giacomo Puccini; Claudio Monteverdi; Gaetano Donizetti; Friedrich Klose
Today's concerts: Handel: Messiah; Nottinghamshire, UK; Trinity Orchestra Harrow: Brahms Double Concerto plus Franck and Stravinsky; London, UK; With Grace: The Music of Gwyneth Walker; New York, US; Masters of Baroque; London, UK; Oxford Philomusica - Brahms and Bruckner; Oxford, UK; Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with Mark Padmore; Bristol, UK
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: 4th international festival of choirs and orchestras in Baden-Baden; Baden-Baden, DE; 6th international festival of choirs and orchestras; Prague, CZ
A Conduit towards her Gods - Sophocles' 'Electra' at London's Old Vic, reviewed by Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. Wider Focus - Derby Bach Choir's 'Concert for Peace', heard by Mike Wheeler
An Enthralling Performance - Ji Liu plays Bach's Goldberg Variations, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Very Joyful Production - Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' at Hampstead Garden Opera impresses Alice McVeigh
Classical music news - Wang Kun (1925-2014); James Erb (1926-2014); Richard Kanter (1935-2014); more ...
CD Spotlight. A Bit Different - Handel organ concerti played on the piano, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... the artists are first class, the sound is sumptuous ...'
CD Spotlight. Shattering Mastery? - Mahler 2 for double piano duet, heard by Howard Smith. '... secure professionalism and laudable aplomb.'
LP Spotlight. Unusual Transparency - Orchestral music by Ottorino Respighi, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... first-class performances ... in excellent sound.'
Ensemble. Eros and Gospels - Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'
Ensemble. Spine-tingling - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen on tour
Ensemble. Melting Rhapsody - Malcolm Miller enjoys Jack Liebeck and Danny Driver's 'Hebrew Melody' recital, plus a recital by David Aaron Carpenter
Ensemble. Barnstorming Mendelssohn - Mike Wheeler listens to the Aquinas Piano Trio
Felicitous Insights - Maksim Stsura plays Beethoven and Brahms in London, heard by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. Focused Tone - Lyadov and Tchaikovsky from Leticia Moreno, Yuri Temirkanov and the St Petersburg Philharmonic impress Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Musical Polymath - Peter Dickinson's eightieth birthday concert, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller
CD Spotlight. Rampant Imagination - Viola de Hoog plays J S Bach, heard by Alice McVeigh. '... a cellist and an artist of utter integrity ...'
An Affectionate Eye - George Bernard Shaw as London Music Critic, by George Colerick
Ensemble. Troubles in Rome - Verdi's Rigoletto, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Scintillating Performances - Asian music for string quartet impresses Howard Smith. '... an exemplary, highly recommendable release.'
Ensemble. On the Mountain Top - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening concert of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia's season
Ensemble. Stolen - Gerald Fenech visits Slovenia's Festival Maribor
Impressionism and Symbolism - Debussy, by Eric Jensen, read by Robert Anderson
Ask Alice - On Bromley Youth Music Trust's 'Phantom', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. A Real Discovery - Eastern European music for bassoon and piano, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... great performances from Maria Wildhaber and her colleagues ...'
Ensemble. Human Tragedy - Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A Great Privilege - Mozart's Marriage of Figaro live in HD from the New York Met, experienced by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Bringing Together - Roderic Dunnett visits James MacMillan's Cumnock Tryst
A Luminous Experience - The Derwent Singers perform music by Fauré, Tallis, Byrd, Gabrieli, Eric Whitacre and John Rutter, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Welcome Rarities - James Sohre enjoyed his visit to Wexford Festival Opera
Classical music news - November Newsletter (PDF, 574kb); more ...
Plangent Atmosphere - A duet recital by Mariko Brown and Julian Jacobson, heard by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. High Fives - Mike Wheeler listens to Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and to the NAC Wind Quintet
Ensemble. Exuberance in Reserve - A wide-ranging programme from Christopher Stripp and Lucy Colquhoun, heard by Mike Wheeler