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Sunday 27 May 2018

Friedemann Vogel and Eleonora Abbagnato in Kenneth MacMillan's 'Manon' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2018 Yasuko Kageyama  In The Weeds - Ventus Machina. © 2015 Artesmon  Members of Osnabruck Marienkantorei Choir and Orchestra rehearsing Franck's 'Les Beatitudes' in Germany  Tanja Kuhn in Hindemith's 'Sancta Susanna' at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari  Dieter Schnebel (1930-2018)  Andrew Downes - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Ondřej Vrabec. © 2015 Artesmon  Roman Kosyakov

                

 

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* Ensemble. A Different 'Manon' - Kenneth McMillan's ballet on Massenet's music arrives in Rome, enthralling Giuseppe Pennisi

* Anniversaries: Joachim Raff; Malcolm MacDonald; Ronald Smith; Luciano Berio; Uña Ramos; Nicolò Paganini; Denis ApIvor; Leonardo Vinci; Thea Musgrave; Egon Petri; Gwyneth George

* Today's concert: Britten Sinfonia at the Norfolk &Norwich Festival; Norwich, UK

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Glyndebourne (19 May-26 August); East Sussex, UK; Bergen International Festival (23 May-6 June); Bergen, NO; Scotia Festival of Music (27 May-10 June); Nova Scotia, CA; Prague Spring Festival (12 May-3 June); Prague, CZ; San Francisco Opera Ring Festival (26 April-1 July); California, US; English Music Festival (25-28 May 2018); Oxfordshire, UK; Swaledale Festival (26 May-9 June); North Yorkshire, UK; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (5 May-13 July); Tuscany, IT; Garsington Opera (11 April-22 July); Buckinghamshire, UK; Istanbul International Music Festival (23 May-12 June); Istanbul, TR

Recent Articles

CD Spotlight. A Real Melange - Music for wind quintet, enjoyed by Geoff Pearce. 'The members of Ventus Machina enjoy this music, as is evident from their well-balanced and joyous playing.'

Ensemble. Aural Perspective - A visit from Osnabrück by the Marienkantorei, for Elgar, Rheinberger and Mendelssohn, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. An Odd Couple - A Hindemith and Mascagni double bill in Cagliari, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

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CD Spotlight. On Buoyant Form - Orchestral music by Andrew Downes, heard by Roderic Dunnett. '... varied, innovative, involving and absorbing.'

Hugely Talented - Haydn and Tchaikovsky Sonatas from Russian pianist Roman Kosyakov, heard by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Absolutely Superb - Early music from Northern Europe, highly recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'These are truly great performances of less familiar music, and all musicians featured are of the finest quality.'

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Ensemble. Born Again - Hindemith's 'Cardillac' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Ask Alice - On teaching adult cello students, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

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Ensemble. Engagingly Springy - The European Union Chamber Orchestra in Nottingham impresses Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Beautiful Writing - Music by Kara Karayev, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... I think this composer will become more widely known - he certainly deserves to be, if these two quite contrasting and original works are anything to go by.'

 
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