CD Spotlight. Stunningly Atmospheric - Fiona and John York play Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... worthy of the highest recommendation.'
Anniversaries: János Starker; Idris Sardi; Nicola LeFanu
Today's concerts: Carte Blanche - Trio X; Uppsala, SE; Dances of Darkness and Light: Rachmaninov and Bartók; London, UK; Ensemble for the Romantic Century; New York, US
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Guam Pacific Choral Festival (27 April - 1 May); Hagåtña, GU
CD Spotlight. A Wondrous Work - John Taverner's Missa Corona spinea impresses Roderic Dunnett. '... a magnificent addition to the wide-ranging Gimell repertoire ...'
CD Spotlight. Unalloyed Pleasure - Maria João Pires plays Mozart, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... an exactitude and classical stylishness that beggars criticism ...'
Ensemble. Sinopoli's Loneliness - A concert in memory of the Italian conductor, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - James Levine; Royston Nash (1933-2016); more ...
CD Spotlight. An Inspired Undertaking - Todd Fickley plays J S Bach, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... amazing virtuosity ...'
Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh has advice for a double bass player with RSI
Classical music news - Brian Asawa (1966-2016); Guy Woolfenden (1937-2016); more ...
Ensemble. In Two Parts - Puccini's 'Il Trittico' as seen by Michieletto and Rustioni, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Vivid Testimony - Suites, canons and songs by Pachelbel, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... generously filled and sumptuously recorded.'
Ensemble. A Fine Show - Madama Butterfly live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Unmistakeably Italian - Alfredo Casella's fairy tale 'La Donna Serpente', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. First Class - Bruckner's Ninth, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... it has all the power it needs. It moves forward and does not get bogged down ...'
Fascinating Insights - Tiara Ataii watches the recently released film 'Written by Mrs Bach: Broken Silence' and discusses the issues raised
CD Spotlight. Adventurous Disposition - Sophie Rosa and Benjamin Powell, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'A wonderfully attractive recital ...'
Ensemble. Particularly Sombre - Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra commemorate The Battle of the Somme, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Mahler in Monte-Carlo - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts Festival
Classical music news - Presteigne Festival; Kyung Wha Chung; Howard Cable (1920-2016); more ...
CD Spotlight. Spirited Performances - Jean Yves Thibaudet plays Chopin, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... this revival of early Thibaudet performances is consistently satisfying.'
CD Spotlight. Charmingly Infectious - Handel's Water Music, enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. 'The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays with an undisguised love for the music ...'
Ensemble. Distinctly Gallic - Rosanna Ter-Berg and Leo Nicholson, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Highly Rewarding - Piano music by Charles O'Brien, heard by Roderic Dunnett. '... played with great charm and feeling by Warren Mailley-Smith.'
Ensemble. First 'Last Sonatas' - The first of three András Schiff recitals at London's Wigmore Hall whets Malcolm Miller's appetite
CD Spotlight. Masterful Throughout - Felix Weingartner's 'Die Dorfschule', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... great attention to detail ...'
Ensemble. A Double Revival - Respighi's 'Sunken Bell' in Cagliari, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. A True Poet - Vadym Kholodenko plays Prokofiev, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... a majestic, lovely recording, full of colour and detail.'
CD Spotlight. Immensely Responsive - The Choir of Merton College, Oxford, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... beautifully moulded lines ...'
Classical music news - April 2016 Newsletter (PDF, 668kb); Mei Yi Foo; Bram Beekman (1949-2016); more ...
Ensemble. Sensitive Expression - Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Entirely Vivifying - Eighteenth century gallery hymns, recommended by the late Howard Smith. '... direct, unassuming religiosity.'
Classical music news - Josef Anton Riedl (1929?-2016); Gegham Grigoryan (1951-2016); Sidney Mear (1918-2016); Zhou Xiaoyan (1917-2016); more ...
Ensemble. Warmth and Dignity - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derwent Singers