CD Spotlight. Programmatic Intentions - Karl Goldmark's Rustic Wedding Symphony, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. 'Conductor Frank Beermann displays a nice feel for the sonorities: the overture's slow introduction is nicely layered, and clear textures render the lyric passages even more fetching.'
Anniversaries: Daniela Dessì; Robert Anderson; Jacopo Peri; Richard Angas; Tomás Luis de Victoria; Mario Bernardi
Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Dartington International Summer School and Festival (29 July - 26 August); Devon, UK; Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble - Cavalli and Janácek (12-27 August); New York City, US; Dubrovnik Summer Festival (10 July-25 August); Dubrovnik, HR; Edinburgh International Festival (4-28 August); Lothian, UK; Grachtenfestival (11-20 August); Amsterdam, NL; Aspen Music Festival and School (29 June-20 August); Colorado, US; Helsinki Festival (17 August-3 September); Helsinki, FI; Ohrid Summer Festival (12 July-20 August); Ohrid, MK
CD Spotlight. Precious Testimony - Historic Bruckner, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... Furtwängler transforms the music into a cosmic glow that lightens the very depths of one's spirit.'
CD Spotlight. Deeply Felt - New music for piano and Chinese folk instruments, enjoyed by Geoff Pearce. '... quietly expansive and evocative ...'
CD Spotlight. Telling Clarity - Telemann concertos impress Gerald Fenech. '... in the Berliners' hands Telemann's music sounds even more trailblazing than maybe the composer intended.'
Refreshingly Unusual - David Davies plays the organ of Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Opera Philology - Rossini's 'Torvaldo e Dorliska', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. High Society Two Centuries Ago - Giuseppe Pennisi comments on Rossini's 'La Pietra di Paragone' in Pesaro
Classical music news - Xavier Benguerel i Godó (1931-2017); Marián Varga (1947-2017); Pēteris Plakidis (1947-2017); more ...
Ensemble. Third Time Lucky - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the first performance of the original version of Rossini's 'Siege of Corinth'
Ensemble. Psychoanalysis and 'Turandot' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the Macerata Opera Festival
A Welcome Return - Jennifer Bate plays the Derby Cathedral organ, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. What It Means To Be Human - Maria Nockin listens to orchestral music on the shores of Lake Tahoe
CD Spotlight. Puckish Effervesence - A piano recital by Stephen Hough, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... music from the sublime to the Antipodean.'
Classical music news - Jan Stulen (1942-2017); more ...
CD Spotlight. Brilliantly Performed - Mozart chamber music, highly recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'One cannot fault the playing on this lovely disc ...'
CD Spotlight. Persuasive Fluency - Music for flute, played by Samantha Chang, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... captivating performances ...'
Classical music news - Gerard Schurmann; Patrick Thomas (1932-2017); more ...
Classical music news - Gilles Tremblay (1932-2017); Ivana Loudová (1941-2017); more ...
Ensemble. Updating Tosca - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
CD Spotlight. Highly Stirring - Vadim Gluzman plays Brahms, heard by Lucas Ball. 'Gluzman and Yoffe are at their most energetic and communicative.'
Classical music news - Highly Stirring - August 2017 Newsletter (PDF, 627kb); Musica in Villa; Echo Klassik awards; more ...
Ensemble. Typically Thoughtful - Paul Lewis at the Buxton Festival, heard by Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - Paul Angerer (1927-2017); Thomas Füri (1947-2017); more ...
Ensemble. Piquancy and Elegance - A recital by Claire Wickes and Tomos Xerri, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Very Human - Carlo Boccadoro's chamber opera 'Shi', based on Matteo Ricci's Jesuit mission in China, impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Punk Transformed? - Keith Bramich has lunch with Torsten Rasch, Roderic Dunnett and others, at the Three Choirs Festival
Altogether Invigorating - Gabriele Baldocci's Kabalevsky and Beethoven/Liszt at the BPSE Summer Festival impress Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. Emotional Extremes - Wagner, Duparc, Cecilia McDowall and Poulenc from Rachel Nicholls and Paul Plummer, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A bitter-sweet 'Swallow' - 'La Rondine' at the Puccini Opera Festival impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Piquant Contrast - Mike Wheeler listens to Schulhoff and Tchaikovsky from members of the Fibonacci Sequence
CD Spotlight. A Relative Newcomer - Temirzhan Yerzhanov plays Prokofiev, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... idiosyncratic, superbly delineated invention and precise harmonic intuition.'
Classical music news - A Three Choirs Romance; more ...
Ensemble. A Free-flowing Style - Mike Wheeler experiences the first professional opera specifically commissioned in Welsh
Ensemble. Asking Better Questions? - Schubert, Barber, Beethoven and Shostakovich from the Brodsky Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Keen Interest - A new 'Turandot' at the Puccini Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi