Ensemble. Commemorating Malcolm Goldring — The Sitwell Singers pay tribute to their former conductor, with help from various friends and colleagues, including a new work written for the occasion by Bob Chilcott, heard by Mike Wheeler
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Site seeing at the Mandolin Café — with Keith Bramich (published 28 June 2002)
Sergiu Celibidache (1912); Emile Renan (1913); Helmut Müller-Brühl (1933); Boris Christoff (1993); William Glock (2000); Sergei Cortez (2016)
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Derived from a photograph of a sunset in Worcestershire, UK on 14 August 2018 by Keith Bramich
CD Spotlight. Exhilarating Interpretations — Unknown Haydn symphonies, unreservedly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... gloriously expressive playing ...'
CD Spotlight. Compelling Performances — Music by John Ireland, recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London have really made these works sparkle ...'
CD Spotlight. Delicately Sensitive Performances — Operatic fantasies by Sigismond Thalberg, strongly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... characteristically intense and warm ...'
Ensemble. Deeply Mystical Intentions — Wagner's 'Parsifal', on tour with Opera North, heard by Mike Wheeler
Classical music news - June 2022 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month
CD Spotlight. Expanses in Miniature — Roberta Rust plays piano music by Louis W Ballard, heard by John Dante Prevedini. '... a probing, articulate and understated artistic collaboration whose proper exposure is long overdue.'
Ensemble. Passionate Conducting — Daniel Harding concludes the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's 2021-22 symphonic season in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Bright Spots — Mike Wheeler listens to Jess Gillam and the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell
Ensemble. Polish Style in the Gardens of Rome — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to sixteenth and seventeenth century Polish Baroque music
CD Spotlight. Treasureable Qualities — Gerald Fenech listens to Andris Nelsons conducting two orchestras in music by Richard Strauss. '... superlative performances from both orchestras, who are on top form throughout.'
CD Spotlight. The Ravel Affair — Gerald Fenech listens to a series of works by Maurice Ravel which all failed to win the Prix de Rome. 'Pascal Rophé draws some convincing performances and, in his hands, the music has an immediacy that keeps it consistently fresh and vivid.'
CD Spotlight. Fresh and Interesting — Music by Ghedini and Hindemith, wholeheardedly recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... there are some truly lovely moments ...'
CD Spotlight. Simply Irresistible — Gerald Fenech listens to two albums of British music. '... an inspiration for other composers ...'
Ensemble. Three Days at the Ravenna Summer Festival — Giuseppe Pennisi reports from 'The Italian Salzburg'
CD Spotlight. Subtle Differences — Ravel on period instruments, heartily recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... there are some truly lovely moments ...'
CD Spotlight. Beauty to Entice the Ears — Gerald Fenech listens to a compilation mass from Antonio Vivaldi's music. '... vibrant playing full of unalloyed joy.'
Classical music news. Obituary — David Lloyd-Jones (1934-2022)
CD Spotlight. Quite Muddied and On Steroids — Geoff Pearce has very mixed feelings about Andrius Puskunigis' new recording of Handel oboe concertos. '... there are some truly lovely moments ...'
CD Spotlight. A Zany, Madcap Farce — Gerald Fenech listens to Albert Roussel's operetta 'Le Testament de la Tante Caroline'. '... vibrant playing full of unalloyed joy.'
CD Spotlight. A Fresh Rendering — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to solo violin sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe, played by Anca Vasile Caraman. '... a gem which should be on the shelves of all those interested in the music of the early decades of the twentieth century ...'
CD Spotlight. Overwhelmingly Tuneful — Gerald Fenech listens to rare music by Franz von Suppé. '... vibrant playing full of unalloyed joy.'
CD Spotlight. A Monumental Work — Geoff Pearce is impressed by Viktor Ullmann's opera 'Der Kaiser von Atlantis'. 'The performance ... cannot be faulted ...'
Ensemble. A Revolutionary Score — Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience for Verdi's 'Ernani', back in Rome
CD Spotlight. Breathtaking Dexterity — Gerald Fenech listens to Schneider flute concertos. 'Gaby Pas-Van Riet despatches these irresistibly beautiful pieces with infectious warmth and grace ...'
CD Spotlight. Powerful Drama — Roderic Dunnett listens to 'Der Freischütz' from René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester. '... a whispering, confidential or, where needed, overawing and commanding performance ...'
CD Spotlight. Exceptionally Pleasing — String quartets by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'The Arabella Quartet despatches these graceful cameos with aplomb, and the playing is immensely cohesive and consistently alive.'
Classical music news. June 2022 Newsletter — Watch and listen to our June 2022 newsletter - a special feature on women composers
Classical music news - May 2022 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month
Ensemble. Van Zweden and the Double Fifth — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to two symphonies in Rome
CD Spotlight. A Rich Tradition — Gerald Fenech listens to orchestral music by American composer William Grant Still. 'A peach of an issue, superbly performed, recorded and annotated.'
CD Spotlight. The Magic of Ballets Russes — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Warner Classics' box set. '... a gem which should be on the shelves of all those interested in the music of the early decades of the twentieth century ...'