DVD Spotlight. An Ancient Character - Rossini's 'Semiramide', reviewed by Howard Smith. '... traditional elements alongside innovative ones.'
Anniversaries: Wilhelm Backhaus; János Starker; William Crotch; David Fanshawe; Elke Neidhardt; Archibald James Potter; Paul Daniel; Gordon Jacob; Régine Crespin; Alan Belkin; Tom Krause; George Rochberg
Today's concerts: Moving Chamber Choir: Songs of the City; London, UK; Wagner: Die Walküre; Sofia, BG
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: LAUS Academy Dubrovnik; Dubrovnik, HR; Deal Festival of Music and the Arts (27 June - 12 July); Kent, UK; Bandish - festival of legendary composers (3-5 July); Mumbai, IN; City of London Festival (22 June - 10 July); London, UK; Budapest Music Festival 2015; Budapest, HU
Ensemble. Endlessly Memorable - Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Ask Alice - 'Death of a Salesman', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
Classical music news - Tchaikovsky Competition winners; more ...
Classical music news - July 2015 Newsletter (PDF, 938kb); more ...
DVD Spotlight. Telling Effect - Gaetano Donizetti's 'La Favorite' impresses Gerald Fenech. '... lovingly produced and passionately executed ...'
Classical music news - Gunther Schuller (1925-2015); Joseph de Pasquale (1919-2015); James Horner (1953-2015); Peter Prier (1942-2015); more ...
CD Spotlight. Seeds of Excellence - Haydn and Debussy from Masahiro Yamaguchi, heard by Howard Smith. 'I was agreeably surprised at Masahiro's sparkling clarity ...'
Ensemble. Americans in Rome - Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's Gershwin Gala, attended by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A Remarkable Service - Saint-Saëns' 'Samson and Delilah' at Grange Park Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
CD Spotlight. Very Worthwhile - Vocal music by Michael Murray impresses Geoff Pearce. 'I could not fault the performances, and believe that they represent Michael Murray's vocal works well.'
CD Spotlight. Pure Magic - James Brawn's continued Beethoven Odyssey, awaited by Andrew Schartmann. '... generating excitement with raw textures ...'
Classical music news - Kirill Petrenko; more ...
Ensemble. A Dark Lady - Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Vibrancy and Diversity - Choral music from Brazil appeals to Gerald Fenech. '... a strong touch of lyricism and a reverential approach ...'
Ensemble. A Special Aura - Malcolm Miller describes Goldsmith College's special tribute to Alexander Ivashkin
CD Spotlight. A Middle Course - Music by Bruce Babcock, heard by Howard Smith. '... consistently distinctive and unfailingly proficient.'
Ensemble. Visionary Creation - Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Classical music news - Walter Weller (1939-2015); Listen, London; more ...
CD Spotlight. Sculptures in Sound - Haskell Small piano music, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. '... an artist at the summit of his creative powers ...'
CD Spotlight. Lovely and Imaginative - Scottish music from young performers impresses Geoff Pearce. '... beautifully performed ...'
Classical music news - Ernest Tomlinson (1924-2015); Stefan Arzberger; more ...
Classical music news - James Last (1929-2015); Jean Ritchie (1922-2015); more ...
Ensemble. Vividly Delivered - Tom Redmond's new spoken commentary to Britten's 'Young Person's Guide' impresses Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. An Imperial Festival - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani
CD Spotlight. Attentive Conducting - Orchestral music by Georges Bizet, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. 'Tingaud's "Roma" easily outclasses the last version I'd heard ...'
Classical music news - OgreOgress Productions; Nico Castel (1931-2015); more ...
CD Spotlight. Bewildering Delight - Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass, impressing Gerald Fenech. 'A must for all Glass enthusiasts ...'
CD Spotlight. Gentle Playing - Juan Álamo's jazz for marimba, heard by Ron Bierman. '... beautiful, rich tones ...'
CD Spotlight. Impressively Able - An-Ting Chang's 'Water Image', heard by Howard Smith. '... highlighting the theatrical and audio possibilities of nineteenth century piano music ...'
Classical music news - Margaret Juntwait (1957-2015); more ...
CD Spotlight. Excellently Crafted - Symphonies by Salomon Jadassohn, appreciated by Gerald Fenech. 'An enterprising issue in excellent sound ...'