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Thursday 24 July 2014

Robert Quinney  Nikolai Demidenko. Photo © Kirill Bachkirov  Gioacchino Rossini  Poulenc: Stabat Mater - Carolyn Sampson, Daniel Reuss. © 2014 harmonia mundi sa  Richard Strauss: Complete Operas. © 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH  Stephen Barlow  Roy Massey



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* Deftly Handled - Robert Quinney at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

* Anniversaries: Wilfred Josephs; Ruggiero Ricci; Robert Farnon; Ernest Bloch; Giuseppe di Stefano

* Today's concerts: Oliver Rudland: Pincher Martin (first performance); London, UK; Judith Bingham: 'The Very Distant Days' (first performance); London, UK

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Glimmerglass Festival; New York, US; Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival; Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto and Safari, ZA; 6th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Tuscany (Italy); Montecatini Terme, IT; Salzburg Festival (18 July - 31 August); Salzburg, AT; Grand Prix Pattaya 2014 - International Choral Festival and Competition; Pattaya, TH; Buxton Festival; Derbyshire, UK; International Organ Festival; Haarlem, NL; Aspen Festival and School (26 June - 17 August); Colorado, US; Ryedale Festival; Yorkshire, UK; Verbier Festival (18 July - 3 August); Verbier, CH; Melodia! South American Music Festival; Buenos Aires, AR

Recent Articles

Full Marks - Bill Newman listens to Nikolai Demidenko

Ensemble. Fatally Compromised - Rossini's 'Otello', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Without Despair - Sacred choral music by Poulenc, heard by Howard Smith. 'Harmonia mundi has struck oil ...'

CD Spotlight. Varied Mythology - Deutsche Grammophon's Strauss opera compilation, sampled by Robert Anderson. '... a hugely enjoyable set ...'

Ensemble. Whipped Cream - Buxton Festival's 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler

Sparkling Performances - Organist Roy Massey visits Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Celebratory and Ambiguous - Mozart, Judith Weir and Ravel from the Lawson Trio at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. A Gasparini Renaissance - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'

Ask Alice - Busy researching an article, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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CD Spotlight. Extraordinarily Beautiful - Joseph Summer's Shakespeare Concerts Series, heard by Howard Smith. '... immediately expressive.'

Ensemble. Open-air Performance - A triptych of ballet on tour, with dancing in the monumental Roman ruins, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

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CD Spotlight. Expressive Style - Music for cello and guitar, heard by Howard Smith. '... the entire concert is alive with a myriad textual and sonic possibilities.'

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CD Spotlight. Unequalled Refinement - Music by Marin Marais, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Another triumph for Savall's seemingly inexhaustible musical genius.'

CD Spotlight. Commanding Authority - Shostakovich and Schnittke string quartets, heard by Howard Smith. '... vivid sonic immediacy.'

CD Spotlight. Refined Balance - Purcell sonatas, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... irrepressibly elegant and restrained.'

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Ensemble. More Powerful - 'Carmen' in Bizet's original version, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Ensemble. Pure Entertainment - Roderic Dunnett visits Garsington Opera at Wormsley

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

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