CD Spotlight. Many Paths - Piano music by Frederic Rzewski impresses Roderic Dunnett. '... a marvel of composition, enjoyable by anyone.'
Anniversaries: Pierre Fournier; Joachim Raff; Terry Riley; Hibari Misora
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Schubertiade; Schwarzenberg, AT; Barcelona Festival of Song (22 June-1 July); Catalunya, ES
Ensemble. Divine Providence - Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Donizetti's religious opera 'Linda di Chamounix'
Classical music news - Peter Feuchtwangwer (c1934-2016); Oleg Karavaichuk (1927-2016); more ...
Ensemble. Creative Achievements - A seventieth birthday concert for Alexander Knapp, reviewed by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. A Modern Tragedy - Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Luci mie traditrici', one of the most performed contemporary operas, finally reaches a major Italian opera house, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Highly Satisfying - Roderic Dunnett visits Longborough for Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'
CD Spotlight. Sparkle and Affection - American and British art songs, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... a cause for constant enjoyment.'
Ensemble. Power and Eloquence - Mike Wheeler was at the culmination of Wagner's 'Ring' in Nottingham
Ensemble. Festive Sparkle - A concert to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of composer Joseph Horovitz, reviewed by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. Shades of Real Gentleness - Mike Wheeler listens to Lars Cleveman as Siegfried in Nottingham
Classical music news - Ofelya Hambardzumyan (1925-2016); Phyllis Curtin (1921-2016); J Reilly Lewis (1944-2016); more ...
Ensemble. Handled with Brilliance - Opera North's 'Die Walküre' impresses Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Fast Forward - Giuseppe Pennisi assesses three works at a contemporary music festival in Rome
Classical music news - Carmine Miranda; Garsington Opera; more ...
Ensemble. Highly Effective - 'Das Rheingold' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Powerful Music - Wolf-Ferrari's 'The Jewels of the Madonna', recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'Special praise should be given to the musical director, Friedrich Haider ...'
Ensemble. Mellow Lyricism - Chabrier, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov and Dukas from Alexandra Dariescu, Jamie Phillips and the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Unerring Clarity - Jean-François Paillard conducts J S Bach, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... this rendition consistently delights ...'
CD Spotlight. Priceless Music-making - The horn playing of Dennis Brain, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... a sheer delight ...'
CD Spotlight. Into the Unknown - Music by Luigi Gazzotti, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... meltingly tender renditions ...'
Ensemble. High Fashion - A new production of 'La traviata' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Stand-out Performers - Michael Landes attends an American Protégé winners' recital
Classical music news - Sonic Transparency — June 2016 Newsletter (PDF, 684kB); Nova Music Opera; Rico's Reverie; more ...
CD Spotlight. A Powerful Statement - Khachaturian from Dmitry Yablonsky and the Russian Philharmonic, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'The orchestra and conductor are superb, and committed to bringing out the very best of this music ...'
CD Spotlight. Double Value - Music from the lost palace of Westminster, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... gracefulness and musical conviction ...'
CD Spotlight. Vivid and Colourful - Janácek from the Czech Philharmonic, recommended by Stephen Francis Vasta. 'It's good to hear Neumann in such fine form.'
CD Spotlight. Spectacular Virtuosity - Benjamin Nicholas plays Elgar for organ, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... thought-provoking insights ...'
Ensemble. A Delight - 'Albert Herring' in Florence impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on the UK's 'Young Musician of the Year'
CD Spotlight. Singing Praises - Randall Thompson's Requiem, highly recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the choral forces and direction are superb.'
Ensemble. Sharing the Honours - Rheinberger and Parry from the Sitwell Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Profile. Highlighting Absurdity - Keith Bramich remembers his friend, the M&V contributor Robert Anderson