Classical Music Daily — Friday 30 July 2021


Featured today

CD Spotlight. Existential Uncertainty — Symphonic and chamber music by Christopher Gunning, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... both performances are nothing short of exhilarating ...'

Today's festival / masterclass

Three Choirs Festival (24 July-1 August) (Worcester, United Kingdom)

Twenty-one years ago today

CD Spotlight — Gershwin arrangements - Peter Dickinson listens to Michael Finnissy as arranger (published 30 July 2000)


Gerald Moore (1899); Siegfried Köhler (1923); Moshe Atzmon (1931); André Prevost (1934); George Szell (1970); Buxton Festival (1979); Khayyam Mirzazade (2018)

Today's background image

Derived from the circa 1837-40 oil-on-canvas painting Morskie Oko (the largest and fourth deepest lake in the Tatra mountains in southern Poland) by Polish Romantic realist painter Jan Nepomucen Głowacki (1802-1847)

Recent Articles

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Ensemble. The Scent of Rome — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to two concerts on the same evening in Italy's capital city

Ensemble. A Year Late — Keith Bramich pays a visit to the Three Choirs Festival

Ensemble. Utterly Compelling — Errolyn Wallen's sequel to Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas', experienced by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. A Fairy-tale Opera for the 21st Century — Mike Wheeler experiences Jonathan Dove's 'The Enchanted Pig' at the Buxton Festival

CD Spotlight. Another Path to Modernism — John Dante Prevedini listens to an anthology of Swedish orchestral music. '... a rich expressiveness underneath the veil of subtlety and self-restraint.'

Ensemble. Quietly Compelling — Two Buxton Festival concerts involving the guitar, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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

Ensemble. Whatever He's On, I Want Some — Mike Wheeler listens to Kathryn Stott's Buxton recital

CD Spotlight. A Very Special CD — Band music by John Philip Sousa, recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Sensitive and engrossingly passionate performances ...'

Ensemble. Virtuoso Exuberance — Mike Wheeler listens to the Pelléas Ensemble at the Buxton Festival

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CD Spotlight. The Sound Frontier — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to music for orchestra and electronics by Nicola Sani. '... of undoubted interest to all those who explore the new frontiers of sound.'

CD Spotlight. A Prolific Composer — Orchestral music by Czech composer Paul Wranitzky, warmly recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Sensitive and engrossingly passionate performances ...'

Classical music news - Female Grief, Sacrifice and Heroism — Announcing the release of 'iGIRL', a new electronic opera by Roger Doyle with libretto by Marina Carr

Ensemble. A Long Love Affair — Giuseppe Pennisi attends the Stravinsky anniversary celebrations in Rome

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Ensemble. The Seven Year Itch — Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy

CD Spotlight. An Inspiring Testament — Hungarian music played by the Offenburg String Trio, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Sensitive and engrossingly passionate performances ...'

CD Spotlight. What to do with Bach? — Patrick Maxwell listens to the 'Goldberg Variations' on the accordion. 'Telari plays with an alluring sensitivity ...'

CD Spotlight. Hugely Influential — Music by Richard Addinsell, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... absolutely enthralling, revelatory and consistently vibrant.'

CD Spotlight. Stravinsky's Breakthrough — Gerald Fenech listens to Diaghilev's commissions. '... absolutely enthralling, revelatory and consistently vibrant.'

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