Ensemble. Rarely more than Loosely Acted - Maria Nockin reviews John Copley's production of Rossini's 'Semiramide' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, without Copley
Anniversaries: Jan Ladislav Dussek; John Joubert; Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Louis Frémaux; Beniamino Gigli; Risë Stevens; Tod Dockstader
Today's concerts: Sam Suggs, double bass - to include J S Bach and Haydn; New York, US; Rossini, Bizet and Berlioz - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; Tokyo, JP
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Festival Printemps des Arts (16 March-8 April); Monte Carlo, MC
Ensemble. A Serious Miscalculation - Music for choir and saxophone, heard by Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - Olly Wilson (1937-2018); Ivan Davis (1932-2018); more ...
CD Spotlight. Inscrutable Stillness - Music by Peter Garland impresses Anett Fodor. 'It was the first - but I am sure not the last - time that I had listened to Garland's music and for 34 minutes time stood still while I was listening to it.'
Ensemble. Bracing Energy - Beethoven and Tchaikovsky from Pavel Kolesnikov, Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra impress Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Unforced Musicality - The three big Tchaikovsky ballets, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. 'Järvi always maintains the right lightness ...'
Ensemble. Faith and Revolution - Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - Charlotte Penton-Smith; more ...
CD Spotlight. Spiritual Balance - Reinhard Keiser's Markus-Passion impresses Gerald Fenech. 'Christian Brembeck and his team deliver a performance brimming with vibrant imagery and committed, stylish singing while adhering to Keiser's wishes by moving from verse to verse with effortless purpose.'
Ensemble. Pungent Melancholy - Derby Concert Orchestra plays Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, heard by Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - Mottola Guitar Festival; Milko Kelemen (1924-2018); Kjerstin Dellert (1925-2018); Mykhaylo Chemberzhi (1944-2018); more ...
Ensemble. A Short Bittersweet Opera - Stravinsky's 'A Soldier's Tale', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Pure Joy - Puccini's 'La bohème' in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, heard by Maria Nockin
Classical music news - Uuno Klami Competition; more ...
CD Spotlight. Wholly Distinctive - Olga Solovieva plays Herman Galynin, highly recommended by the late Howard Smith. 'How judiciously this pianist measures the weight and mood of each item within her entire programme.'
CD Spotlight. Strong Jazz Influences - Wind music by Frank Martin, enjoyed by Geoff Pearce. 'The rhythmic precision is impressive, the solos are played confidently and the intonation and quality of timbre of all instruments is absolutely spot on.'
Ensemble. Bold and Daring - Contrasting Busoni and Puccini in Cagliari, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - Jesús López Cobos (1940-2018); more ...
CD Spotlight. Timeless Significance - The Lassus St Matthew Passion, lauded by Gerald Fenech. 'Bo Holten and Musica Ficta give unerring performances, and their immaculate communication of the text added to the purity of the singing certainly contribute immensely to the enjoyment of this rarely heard work.'
CD Spotlight. Delightful Listening - Symphonies by Johann Evangelist Brandl, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... a great disc of unfamiliar music, well played and directed ...'
Classical music news - Magical Transformation - March 2018 Newsletter (PDF, 600kb); Juan Hidalgo Codorniu (1938-2018); more ...
Ensemble. A Lucid Sound-world - Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven from Viviane Hagner, Karina Canellakis and the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Late Romanticism - Giuseppe Pennisi is moved by Richard Strauss and Schoenberg played by the Stradivari Sextet
Ensemble. Carnal Passion and Religion - Giuseppe Pennisi is more impressed by the musical than the visual aspects of Donizetti's 'La favorite' in Florence
Calm Authority - A recital by young British-Turkish pianist Lara Melda impresses Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Slice of Life - Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed with the first performance of Marco Tutino's 'Miseria e Nobilità'
Classical music news - Beebe Freitas (1938-2018); Heli Lääts (1932-2018); Gian Paolo Mele (1944-2018); more ...
Ensemble. A Worthy Successor - Tomáš Netopil steps in to conduct the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Nottingham, impressing Mike Wheeler
Profile. Magical Transformation - Ron Bierman talks to the American dramatic soprano Lise Lindstrom during rehearsals for Puccini's 'Turandot' at San Diego Opera
CD Spotlight. A Magnificent Project - Wind band music by Percy Grainger impresses Paul Sarcich. '... a band of obviously first-rate musicians, informed conducting from Engeset, and excellent recording ...'
Mixed Successes - George Colerick writes about the operettas of Franz Lehár
Ensemble. A Doll's House - A new production of Bellini's 'La Sonnambula', experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Excellent and Compelling - Chamber music by John McCabe impresses Geoff Pearce. 'This is a fantastic disc, both for the performances and also for this largely unfamiliar music.'
Ensemble. A Brisk Pace - L'Elisir d'Amore, live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Classical music news - László Melis (1953-2018); Paul Danblon (1931-2018); more ...