Ensemble. Sizeable Shoes - Peter Gould's last 'Messiah' performance as Derby Cathedral's Master of the Music, heard by Mike Wheeler
Anniversaries: Hansel and Gretel; Eric Coates; Yasmin Levy
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Christmas Music Festival - 'Church Holidays in St Mary's Land' (30 November - 10 January); Tallinn and Tartu, EE
CD Spotlight. Christmas Lambswool? - Shepherds' noels from the Marian Consort, recommended by Keith Bramich. '... a rather wonderful spin-off ...'
Ensemble. Music on the Move - Derby Concert Orchestra at Christmas, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Modern, Technically-endowed Triumph - 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' in HD from New York on 17 December impresses Maria Nockin
Ask Alice - On being American and British, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. Real Gems - Paris Conservatoire connections for flute and piano, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... a good addition to any collection ...'
CD Spotlight. An Inveterate Borrower - J S Bach's Köthener Trauermusik impresses Robert Anderson. '... incomparable music ...'
Ensemble. Poise and Freshness - Haydn, Mozart and Janácek from the Jubilee String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Tragedy to Come - Maria Nockin experiences one of this era's best productions of 'Carmen', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera
Classical music news - Daniel Catán; more ...
Ensemble. The Ambiguity of 'Fidelio' - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season
Profile. Remembering Hoffy - Alice McVeigh writes about cello teacher Robert Hofmekler
Ensemble. Back in the Lagoon - Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'
Ensemble. Thoughtful Engagement - Monteverdi's 'Coronation of Poppaea', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Great Deal of Fun - Maria Nockin enjoys Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' in HD from New York
Ensemble. Greater Depth - 'La Traviata' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Versatility and Intelligence - Balázs Kovalik's new production of 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Opera Leipzig fascinates Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Eye-popping Delight - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride' impresses Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Engrossing Performance - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Profile. Training Singers - Maria Nockin talks to Dolora Zajick about finding young dramatic voices
Ensemble. Simply Magical - Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Francesco Piemontesi
CD Spotlight. Deeply Affecting - Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner's Janáček, Kurtág and Bartók, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... a delightful array of sensitive performances ...'
Classical music news - McCabe on Naxos; November Newsletter; more ...
CD Spotlight. A Marvellous Set - The complete Sergei Rachmaninov, sampled by Robert Anderson. '... a flow of fine works ...'
Classical music news - Arthur Butterworth (1923-2014); more ...
Bold Eccentricities - Meyerbeer and the Development of Parisian Grand Opera, by George Colerick
Ensemble. An Involving Account - A visit from Die Marienkantorei, Osnabrück, heard by Mike Wheeler
A Conduit towards her Gods - Sophocles' 'Electra' at London's Old Vic, reviewed by Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. Wider Focus - Derby Bach Choir's 'Concert for Peace', heard by Mike Wheeler
An Enthralling Performance - Ji Liu plays Bach's Goldberg Variations, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Very Joyful Production - Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' at Hampstead Garden Opera impresses Alice McVeigh
Classical music news - Wang Kun (1925-2014); James Erb (1926-2014); Richard Kanter (1935-2014); more ...
CD Spotlight. A Bit Different - Handel organ concerti played on the piano, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... the artists are first class, the sound is sumptuous ...'
CD Spotlight. Shattering Mastery? - Mahler 2 for double piano duet, heard by Howard Smith. '... secure professionalism and laudable aplomb.'
LP Spotlight. Unusual Transparency - Orchestral music by Ottorino Respighi, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... first-class performances ... in excellent sound.'