Classical Music Daily — Friday 3 December 2021


Featured today

CD Spotlight. A Celestial Festival — Gerald Fenech listens to Würzburg's Imperial Hall Mozart concerts. '... performances are nothing short of phenomenal on every level.'

Twenty years ago today

MV3, with Gordon Rumson and Keith Bramich — Habermann, Buckle, Green and snagloopdog (published 3 December 2001)


Antonio Soler (1729); Anton Webern (1883); Nino Rota (1911); Phyllis Curtin (1921); José Serebrier (1938); Christian Sinding (1941); Antonio Membrado (2016); Gigliola Frazzoni (2016)

Today's background image

Derived from Rainer Lippert's 2010 photo of the facade of the Würzburg Residenz

Recent Articles

Classical music news. December 2021 New Releases — Browse a large selection of new recordings

Ensemble. A Sleek, Focused Sound — Mike Wheeler reports on Opera North's production of Bizet's 'Carmen' in Nottingham

CD Spotlight. A Treasure Trove of Unending Melodic Content — Gerald Fenech listens to music by Leroy Anderson. 'Leonard Slatkin and co are on top form, and their performances are superbly rounded, full of swagger and consistently fresh and spirited.'

CD Spotlight. Immensely Soothing — Gerald Fenech listens to music by Eric Coates. 'Adrian Leaper is an avid devotee of this genre, and he delivers performances that sparkle with a rhythmic immediacy that magnifies the flow of each piece.'

Ensemble. Unlocking Operatic Dimensions — John Dante Prevedini reviews the cinematic horror opera 'Cesare, Child of Night' by Jonathan Beard, Stewart Schill and Michael Cramer, and then interviews Jonathan Beard and Stewart Schill

CD Spotlight. Sumptuous, Virtuosic, Wild and Spectacular — Mozart from Salzburg, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... consistently vibrant, sensitive and heartwarming.'

Ensemble. Songs of Farewell — The Sitwell Singers' first concert since the passing of conductor Malcolm Goldring earlier this year, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Classical music news - October and November 2021 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this and last month

Ensemble. An Unconventional and Complex Score — The first performance of 'Julius Caesar' by Giorgio Battistelli, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Lovingly Depicted — Orchestral suites by Pierné, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Darrell Ang keeps a tight but attentive reign on proceedings, and the Orchestre National de Lille responds with some superb playing full of energy and swagger.'

Ensemble. Winningly Interpreted — In his first report for Classical Music Daily, Fareed Curmally describes a magical afternoon of orchestral music in Mumbai

CD Spotlight. A Welcome Addition — Two Beethoven concertos, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Three gifted soloists ... playing, with one heart and one soul, music that is sublime, graceful and thoroughly captivating.'

CD Spotlight. Wagner in Bayreuth Today — Giuseppe Pennisi explores a box set from Opus Arte. '... an excellent set of CDs to hear where Bayreuth is up to today.'

CD Spotlight. Emotional Warmth and Richness of Melody — Gerald Fenech listens to music by Florence Price. '... this trailblazing composer must be listened to ...'

CD Spotlight. An Interesting Experience — 'Nervus Vagus' by Gintas K, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'It is a fascinating journey that takes about an hour.'

Ensemble. Earth and the Future of Mankind — Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Koyaanisqatsi', by Philip Glass, in Rome

Ensemble. Sheer Naked Energy — Mike Wheeler is impressed by Mendelssohn and Beethoven from Nicola Benedetti, Tom Service, Nicholas Collon and Aurora Orchestra

Ensemble. Experimental to Classical — Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome's Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti

Ensemble. A Gesture of Defiance — Mike Wheeler listens to Haydn, Bartók and Schubert, played by the Iuventus String Quartet

CD Spotlight. Vibrantly Glowing Renditions — Virtuosic eighteenth century Italian violin concertos inspire Gerald Fenech. 'Čičić ... surmounts all the monstrous challenges with prodigious dexterity.'

CD Spotlight. A Universal Happy Ending — Gerald Fenech reviews a new recording of Franz Ignaz Beck's opera 'L'isle déserte'. 'Michael Schneider and his La Stagione Frankfurt players give a pleasant and sprightly performance, but attention to detail is always of paramount importance.'

CD Spotlight. The Syntax of Worlds — John Dante Prevedini listens to music by American composer Pierre Jalbert. '... Jalbert ... implies a novel dimension of meaning by presenting distinct sonic universes in a syntactically suggestive sequence.'

Ensemble. With Pope Francis' Blessing — The first performance of 'L'ultima estate - Memorie di un mondo che non c'è più' by Marcello Filotei, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Tantalising Appeal — Mike Wheeler listens to the strings of Sinfonia Viva

CD Spotlight. Multifaceted and Virtuosic — Gerald Fenech listens to Telemann Violin Concertos. '... Elizabeth Wallfisch has a profound understanding of the composer's style, and her interpretations are not only highly accessible, but also, when needed, deeply emotional and vibrantly dramatic.'

Ensemble. Vienna in Rome (with a Surprise) — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Giuseppe Gipponi, Lorenzo Viotti and the Santa Cecilia Symphony Orchestra

CD Spotlight. Balance and Moderation — Handel's 'Aci, Galatea e Polifemo', heard by Gerald Fenech. '... under the sensitive conducting of Luca Guglielmi, both singers and ensemble are able to display a presence and virtuosity that are just outstanding.'

Ensemble. Still Young After Two Hundred Years — Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a special anniversary season of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana

CD Spotlight. Culmination of the 'Tintinnabuli' Style — Gerald Fenech listens to Arvo Pärt's St John Passion. '... powerful and emotional stuff performed with devotional ardour and spiritual rigour.'

Classical music news. November 2021 New Releases — Browse a large selection of new recordings

CD Spotlight. Shattered Lives — Gerald Fenech recommends Fabrice Bollon's recording of César Franck's opera 'Hulda'. 'Sensational operatic discovery in an electrifying performance that sizzles with some superb singing and brilliant orchestral playing.'