Classical Music Daily — Saturday 10 April 2021


Featured today

Ensemble. Enthralling Sound Colours — Malcolm Miller listens to young violinist Michael Foyle's recital of Beethoven, Brahms and Kreisler in London

Today's concert

Gail Archer, organ - Russian programme (New York, United States of America)

Twenty years ago today

Beguiling interpretations — Liszt transcriptions in performance - a London début recital, with Malcolm Miller (published 10 April 2001)


Victor De Sabata (1892); Jacques Castérède (1926); Sarah Leonard (1953); Nino Rota (1979); David Angel (2017)

Today's background image

Derived from an 1814 engraving of St James' Church, Piccadily, London UK, by English engraver Joseph Skelton (1783-1871)

Recent Articles

Profile. Donald Nally — Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talks to American choral conductor Donald Nally, director of The Crossing

CD Spotlight. High Romanticism — Paul Sarcich discovers the music of Robert Kahn. 'Ensemble Émigré have done fine service to Kahn ...'

Ensemble. Cancel Culture and a Cryptic Message — Adam J Sacks listens to the Hong Kong Sinfonietta

CD Spotlight. A Strange Beauty — Symphonies by Daniel Jones, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'The BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra delivers fine performances, as does the direction of its conductor, Bryden Thomson.'

Ensemble. Easter Concerts — Giuseppe Pennisi experiences two recent performances broadcast on Italian TV

CD Spotlight. Natural Talents — Gerald Fenech listens to Easter cantatas by Baroque German composer Christoph Graupner. 'Christian Bonath and his team give these baroque choral gems the ideal exposure, and reveal them to be the masterpieces they truly are in performances of inspirational nobility and incomparable beauty.'

Classical music news. Obituary — Simon Bainbridge (1952-2021)

Classical music news. Obituary — Jane Manning (1938-2021)

A Delius Cookbook — Mike Wheeler reports on unusual rumours from Grez-sur-Loing in France

Classical music news. Creativity, Innovation and Re-invention — Classical Music Daily's April 2021 Newsletter has just been published as a video podcast

CD Spotlight. An Important Discovery — Georg Philipp Telemann's Markus-Passion 1759, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi. 'Hermann Max, a specialist not only of baroque but especially of Georg Philipp Telemann, conducts Das Kleine Konzert with rigor and flair as well as emphasis on the dramatic impact of the recitatives and on the moral content of the arias.'

Ensemble. Deadly Sins — Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a Weill/Brecht double bill from La Scala Milan

CD Spotlight. Most Welcome — Gerald Fenech listens to French piano duets. 'Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne, two of Britain's foremost pianists, give matchless performances, and their virtuosic brilliance and unique sensitivity to the many nuances of these scores are an absolute joy to listen to.'

Ensemble. Questionable Stage Direction — Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Riccardo Muti's 'Così fan tutte' at Teatro Regio di Torino

Ensemble. Elegant and Innovative — Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's Homage to Stravinsky

CD Spotlight. Performed at the Vauxhall Gardens — Symphonies by eighteenth century British composer John Abraham Fisher, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Michael Halász and his Czech team are in exuberant form and their pleasantly flowing performances bring out all the charm, wit and cheerfulness of this lovely music.'

Ensemble. Colourful and Inventive — A streamed performance of a wind arrangement of 'Pictures From an Exhibition' from Derby's Joseph Wright Gallery, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Classical music news - Vienna Deadline — There are a few more days to apply for the 2021 Vienna International Music Competition

CD Spotlight. Mascagni in a New Garb — Gerald Fenech recommends a new recording of Pietro Mascagni's 'Iris'. 'Krieger's exhilarating conducting draws from both his singers and players some truly sublime performances, full of unbridled enthusiasm.'

Ensemble. Half and Half — Giuseppe Pennisi is not entirely convinced by Teatro San Carlo di Napoli's new production of Gioacchino Rossini's 'Il Turco in Italia'

CD Spotlight. Absolutely Fantastic — Music by Schnittke for violin and piano, recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'The performances are great all round, and this is a useful addition to anyone's collection.'

CD Spotlight. Miniature Gems — Gerald Fenech listens to music by two neglected Italian Baroque composers - Alessandro Stradella and Giovanni Lorenzo Gregori. '... precise yet stylish playing ...'

Classical music news - Occurrence, Concurrence and Recurrence — A recent CD from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been published and recorded by Sono Luminus

Ensemble. A Higher Synthesis — Adam J Sacks marks the re-convening of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Ensemble. Change of Perspective — Mike Wheeler reviews Sinfonia Viva's streamed performance from Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, UK

CD Spotlight. Stylistic Contrasts — Trumpet concertos by Alexander Arutiunian, Vladimir Peskin and Alfred Desenclos, heard by Paul Sarcich. '... this is a fine calling card for Selina Ott, who is one of those young players who will be very interesting to watch mature.'

Classical music news - March 2021 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month

CD Spotlight. Lusciously Fragile — Music by Ottorino Respighi, enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. 'Davide Alogna performs the Concerto with unbridled dexterity ...'

Ensemble. A Half-Successful Experiment — Teatro Comunale di Bologna's new production of Cilea's 'Adriana Lecouvreur', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Classical music news. The Schoenberg Effect — The Berlin-based Notos Quartett's second album, devoted to Brahms, will be released on Sony Classical this month

Classical music news. Buxton Festival — The Buxton International Festival (8-25 July 2021) announces its headline events