CD Spotlight. A Huge Showcase - American soprano Patrice Michaels impresses Paul Sarcich. 'Plenty of good things here ...'
Anniversaries: John McCabe; Marguerite Long; Lily Pons; Richard Wagner; Fyador Chaliapin; Sixten Ehrling
Today's concerts: Choral settings of Shakespeare; London, UK; Ecce Ensemble; Cambridge, US; Lexington Symphony - Three Portraits; Lexington, US; Joseph Tong, piano - Schubert, Schumann, McCabe, Sibelius and Racmaninov; Middlesex, UK
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Bermuda Festival (22 January - 5 March); Hamilton, BM; International Festival 'Sarajevo Winter' (7 February-21 March); Sarajevo, BA
Ensemble. Carnival in Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde'
Ensemble. Wide-ranging Character - Andrew Dunlop, Ria Nolan and the Eblana String Trio, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Musical Invention - Orchestral music by Ottorino Respighi excites Gerald Fenech. '... passionately performed and sumptuously recorded ...'
Ensemble. Transcendental Dawn - Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Beautifully Controlled - Keith Bramich makes a return visit to Jacky Wong's Hornton Chamber Orchestra
Classical music news - Ulf Söderblom (1930-2016); Saulius Sondeckis (1928-2016); more ...
Ensemble. Wonderfully Frivolous - Chabrier's 'L'Etoile' at Covent Garden, recommended by Alice McVeigh
Ask Alice - On the late Christine Jackson, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. Energy and Commitment - Sinfonia Viva's schools residency concert, heard by Mike Wheeler
A Strong Impression - Mark Bebbington makes a return visit to Nottingham, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Successful Challenge - Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' ends the Palermo 'Ring' cycle, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - February 2016 Newsletter (PDF, 541kb); Renaud Capuçon; Aurèle Nicolet (1926-2016); Denise Duval (1921-2016); Leif Solberg (1914-2016); more ...
CD Spotlight. Familiar and Otherworldly - The City of Tomorrow, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... funny, playful, and full of light.'
Dancing Energy - Haydn, Mozart and Paul Patterson from Adam Mackenzie, Emily Pailthorpe and Sinfonia Viva impress Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - Jaap van Zweden; Anti Marguste (1931-2016); more ...
CD Spotlight. Beautiful Moments - Arthur Gottschalk's 'Requiem for the Living', heard by Ron Bierman. '... a solid performance of both orchestra and choir.'
Ensemble. Surrealist Pop - Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. A Boy Prodigy - Piano music by Niklas Sivelöv, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... marvelous technique and improvisational skills.'
Ensemble. Melodic Gold - Bizet's 'The Pearlfishers' live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Under Development - Fauré songs for bass, heard by Paul Sarcich. 'Roy Howat's accompaniments are crystal-clear always ...'
Ensemble. Off-the-beaten Track - Chamber music from Katherine Jenkinson, Julian Bliss and Alison Farr, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Alternative Worlds - Jewish cabaret music surprises Gerald Fenech. '... those who decide to take the plunge will be rewarded with riches aplenty.'
CD Spotlight. Hauntingly Beautiful - Orchestral music by Louis Babin, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the string sound of the Moravian Philharmonic is warm and sumptuous.'
CD Spotlight. Inner Solace - Choral music by Ferenc Farkas, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... performances have a solemn dignity ...'
CD Spotlight. Pure Python? - 'Wild Men of the Seicento', heard by Keith Bramich. '... Piers Adams and David Wright's superb performances exhibit a strangely infectious authenticity.'
CD Spotlight. Pulsating Energy - Chamber music by Joaquín Turina impresses Gerald Fenech. '... wonderfully characterized and atmospheric readings ...'
CD Spotlight. Agreeable Bounce - Quartetto Gelato's Musica Latina, welcomed by the late Howard Smith. '... high octane commitment to the entire programme.'
Ensemble. Mirrors of Time - Special concerts in Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Lyrical Warmth - Dvorák, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms from Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - Schumann Project; L'Isola Disabitata; more ...
Classical music news - Louis Langrée; Ealing Festival; more ...