Ensemble. Eclectic and Attractive - Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015 impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Anniversaries: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Antonin Reicha; George Dyson; Joseph Alfidi; György Ligeti
Today's concerts: Rossini: The Barber of Seville; Vilnius, LT; Verdi: Requiem - Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra; Lisbon, PT; Bizet: Carmen; Livadia, GR
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Pennine Spring Music Festival (25-30 May); West Yorkshire, UK; Bergen International Festival; Bergen, NO; Festa Choralis Bratislava 2015 - 10th International Choir Festival (27-31 May); Bratislava, SK
CD Spotlight. Tongue-in-cheek Baroque - Red Priest's 'Handel in the Wind', heard by Howard Smith. '... Piers Adams riding the surf at breakneck speed.'
Ensemble. Infectiously Enjoyable - Anniversaries at The VoiceBox in Derby, by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Posthumous Debut - Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Emotional Power - Moisey Weinberg's Symphonies 5 and 10, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... this music truly speaks with the language of our time.'
Ensemble. Delicate Shadings - Noriko Ogawa, the Warsaw Philharmonic and Jacek Kaspszyk, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ask Alice - On Callum Smart's Glazunov Violin Concerto, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. Rarely Heard - Piano music by Klement Slavický, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... excellently performed and produced.'
Ensemble. A 3D Fairytale - Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - Mervyn Burtch (1929-2015); Jack Body (1944-2015); more ...
CD Spotlight. Varied Programme - The Usher Hall organ impresses Gerald Fenech. 'John Kitchen oozes out every sound possible from this monster of an organ ...'
Memorable Distinction - Halida Dinova brings her Liszt to New Zealand, by Howard Smith
Classical music news - ESO McCabe Chair; Replacing Rattle; more ...
CD Spotlight. Quite Hypnotic - Choral music by William Averitt, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the depth of sound is rich and satisfying, and the performances solid.'
Ensemble. A Musical Homecoming - Myung-Whun Chung returns to Rome to conduct Beethoven and Mahler, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - Ma Shui-long (1939-2015); more ...
CD Spotlight. Most Beguiling - Works by Chopin written in 1846, recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'A positive artistic experience ...'
CD Spotlight. Unremarkable? - Music by Daniel Lentz, heard by Andrew Schartmann. 'Is the obvious pastiche element part of some profound artistic statement?'
Ensemble. Somewhat Uneven - Cav and Pag in HD from Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Probing Interpretations - John McCabe plays Nielsen, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... an exciting and forceful advocate ...'
Ensemble. Two Stages - Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart and Mahler, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Utmost Pleasure - English music for strings, praised by Howard Smith. '... a gorgeous new release from Naxos ...'
CD Spotlight. Well Realized - Varda Kotler and Israel Kastoriano, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... partnership and sensitivity ...'
CD Spotlight. Intriguing Quirks - Symphonies by Hoffmann and Witt, enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. 'A winner in every department and an excellent introduction ...'
Ensemble. Generally Confident - Handel, Haydn and Mozart from Derby Choral Union and the Heart of England Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Troubles in Florence - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - May 2015 Newsletter (PDF, 500kb); Miriam Brickman (1933-2015); Ronald Senator (c1926-2015); Rolf Smedvig (c1953-2015); David L Kaplan (1923-2015); Claudio Prieto (1934-2015); Andrew Porter (1928-2015); more ...
Ensemble. A Long Nocturne - Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome
Ensemble. Freshness and Vitality - Mike Wheeler listens to the Czech Philharmonic
Seymour: An Introduction - The piano teacher everyone should have, by Karen Haid
CD Spotlight. Very Satisfying - Orchestral music by Alan Hovhaness, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... an almost trance-like mysticism and beauty ...'
CD Spotlight. Supercharged Emotions - Agostino Steffani's 'Niobe, Regina di Tebe', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... intense renditions full of dramatic power and feeling.'