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Friday 19 October 2018

Louis Couperin: Nouvelles Suites de Clavecin. © 2018 harmonia mundi musique sas  The Aquinas Trio: Ruth Rogers, Martin Cousin and Katherine Jenkinson  Weinberg: Symphony No 13; Serenade for Orchestra. Siberian State Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Lande. © 2018 Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd  Alek Shrader in Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's 'West Side Story'  Takehisa Kosugi (1938-2018)  Benedict Holland  Brahms: Piano Quartet No 2 in A, Op 26. English Symphony Orchestra. Orchestrated and conducted by Kenneth Woods. © 2018 Wyastone Estate Ltd

                

 

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* CD Spotlight. Profound Originality - Harpsichord music by Louis Couperin, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Christophe Rousset ... gives radiant performances full of charm and grace ...'

* Anniversaries: John Russell; Patricia Kern; Karl-Birger Blomdahl; Jacqueline du Pré; Roland Dyens; Stephen Paulus

* Today's concerts: Cello and guitar duets spanning centuries and continents; London, UK; Pre-release party for AyseDeniz's Beethoven Senses album; London, UK; The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP); Boston, US

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: MRF Music Festivals - choir and orchestra festival on Lake Garda (18-22 October); Lago di Garda, IT; Brecon Baroque Festival - Angels and Archangels (19-22 October); Powys, UK; Wexford Festival Opera (19 October-4 November); Wexford, IE

Recent Articles

Ensemble. A Delightful Surprise - Beethoven, Turina and Schumann from the Aquinas Trio impress Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Fine Performance - Orchestral music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'Serenade Op 47 No 4 ... represents a happier and undemanding part of the composer's output, written, I guess, to appease the authorities.'

Ensemble. Turning Point - Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story' begins Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's season, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Classical music news - Takehisa Kosugi (1938-2018); John Tyrrell (1942-2018); Antonis Kontogeorgiou (1945-2018); more ...

Ensemble. An Upgrade - Sinfonia Viva's string section, directed by Benedict Holland, begins the Derby Folk Festival, heard by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'

Ensemble. A Magical Zauberflöte - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's autumn season

CD Spotlight. Addiction to Poetry - Debussy songs, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Two joyful hours from four of the most passionate advocates for Debussy you can find at present.'

Classical music news - Cultural Jail; more ...

Ensemble. Ulysses' Homecoming - Giuseppe Pennisi was expecting a graduate performance of Monteverdi, but experienced a masterpiece

CD Spotlight. Absolutely Gorgeous - Harpsichord music by François Couperin, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... Bertrand Cuiller gives magical renditions of a number of Ordres, displaying with vigorous energy all the colour of sounds, alliterations, double meanings and parodies that these works encapsulate ...'

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CD Spotlight. Beautifully Executed - Todd Crow's Chopin Mazurkas, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'This disc contains some very fine performances ...'

Ensemble. Mixed Feelings - 'Attila' at the Verdi Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. A Safety-first Programme - Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Dvorák from Alexander Gavrylyuk, Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Wild Extravagance - George Colerick investigates Berlioz, Fantasy and Literature

Ensemble. Abstract and Utterly Stylized - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Le Trouvère', the last operatic staging in Parma's Teatro Farnese

Classical music news - Three Blind Mice - October 2018 Newsletter (PDF, 1.1Mb); Eric Lu; Katherine Hoover (1937-2018); more ...

Ensemble. When Verdi mimics Donizetti - 'Un Giorno di Regno' in Busseto, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Triumph for 'The First' Macbeth - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the 2018 Verdi Festival

CD Spotlight. Music Archaeology - Music played on the 'Aulos', heard by Gerald Fenech. '... this unique and exciting project is now at its consummation ...'

CD Spotlight. Subtlety in Detail - Leslie Tung plays Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, impressing Anett Fodor. '... a rare and unusual musical find.'

CD Spotlight. Stellar Performances - Handel Cantatas, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... music of the utmost beauty, full of emotional outpourings that cover the whole spectrum of the human condition ...'

Ensemble. Musically Outstanding - Wagner's 'Das Rheingold' in dress rehearsal at Covent Garden impresses Alice McVeigh

Classical music news - Anna Christie; more ...

Ensemble. Almost a World Premiere - Gaspare Spontini's 'Le metamorfosi di Pasquale', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Classical music news - Piotr Lachert (1938-2018); Bohumil Kulínský (1959-2018); more ...

Classical music news - David DiChiera (1935-2018); more ...

Ensemble. War and Peace - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the Sagra Musicale Umbra Festival

CD Spotlight. Woolly Publicity - The Flemish septet Aranis, heard by the late Howard Smith. 'There's no doubting Aranis' outright professionalism and faultless ensemble; and the fifty-five minute programme has a degree of variety.'

CD Spotlight. Double Meanings? - Seattle-based ensemble Torch, heard by Keith Bramich. '... the music sounds modern, jazzy, light and almost aleatoric-sounding.'

 
Music's Delight - Ensemble and orchestra scores of the pre-classical period

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