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Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Seven Tuscan Nights

Ensemble. The Craftsman and the Icon — John Dante Prevedini reports from Tanglewood

CD Spotlight. Double Affection — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Malipiero. '... played impassionately ...'

CD Spotlight. A Spectacular Release — Gerald Fenech listens to film music played by John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London. '... an absolutely rewarding hour ...'

CD Spotlight. A Magnificent and Powerful Recording — Geoff Pearce listens to Augustin Hadelich. '... an impressive technique and tone ...'

CD Spotlight. Moving the World — Gerald Fenech listens to Dvořák's last three symphonies. '... Dudamel amplifies the turbulent emotions of each work with a power and intensity that you do not hear every day.'

Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Introduction

CD Spotlight. Tender and Intimate — Geoff Pearce listens to Mahler's Fourth Symphony. 'I find this recording very satisfying on so many levels.'

CD Spotlight. A Commanding Technique — Gerald Fenech listens to Patrick Dheur playing piano music by César Franck. 'A fine and fitting tribute to one of the most original composers ever to come out of Belgium ...'

Classical music news. Gramercy Brass — A high profile brass group based in New York, the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, celebrates its fortieth anniversary and the ninetieth birthday of film composer John Williams

CD Spotlight. An Almost Unworldly Acceptance and Peace — Geoff Pearce is inspired by 'Cloud Ossuary' and 'Mist Waves' - music by Douglas Knehans. '... a stellar performance by this fine young pianist.'

Ensemble. A Family Portrait in Hell — Giuseppe Pennisi experiences an excellent 'Otello' at the Rossini Opera Festival

Ensemble. An Opera in Need of a Haircut — Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the Rossini Opera Festival's second production of 'La gazzetta'

Ensemble. Unabashedly Erotic — The Rossini Opera Festival begins with a new production of 'Le Comte Ory', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Infectious Magic — Albion Records releases a disc of unusual music for the Vaughan Williams anniversary, and Gerald Fenech finds it unmissable. '... these performances are the result of deep immersion in the performing traditions of RVW's repertoire ...'

Ensemble. A Giggle from Start to Finish — Bampton Classical Opera's 'Fool Moon', experienced by Roderic Dunnett

CD Spotlight. Kaleidoscopic Variety — Gerald Fenech listens to music by Charles Koechlin. '... a near uncontrollable energy that almost brings Chaplin and Co back to life again.'

CD Spotlight. A Pianist who Deserves Attention — Geoff Pearce enjoys listening to Can Çakmur. '... a stellar performance by this fine young pianist.'

Classical music news. Santander Piano Competition — Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, Xiaolu Zang and Marcel Tadokoro have won first, second and third prizes in the 2022 Santander International Piano Competition this month

Classical music news. August 2022 New Releases — Browse a large selection of new recordings

Ensemble. Shaped with Care — Mike Wheeler listens to Sibelius, Grieg and Dvořák from Derby Concert Orchestra and guest conductor Bob Chasey

Ensemble. Figaro in Hollywood — Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of a new production of Rossini's 'Il barbiere di Siviglia'

Ensemble. Vitality and Imagination — Mike Wheeler listens to the Delphine Trio, in his last report from the 2022 Buxton Festival

CD Spotlight. Legacy and Influence — Gerald Fenech listens to cantatas by Telemann. '... performances of the utmost beauty ...'

Ensemble. Songs from the Shows — Mike Wheeler enjoys a 'Strictly Musical' evening at Buxton Opera House

Classical music news. August 2022 Newsletter — Our August 2022 PDF newsletter has just been published

Ensemble. Handel vs Bononcini — Mike Wheeler listens to the English Concert and soprano Anna Dennis at the Buxton Festival

Ensemble. A Welcome Opportunity — Mike Wheeler listens to the recital 'Colour My Song' at the 2022 Buxton Festival

Ensemble. Effectively Communicated — Mike Wheeler listens to Kate Whitley and Laura Attridge's oratorio 'Our Future In Your Hands' at Buxton

Ensemble. Full of Vitality — Mike Wheeler listens to the Solus Trumpet Ensemble at the 2022 Buxton Festival

CD Spotlight. Nobler in the Mind? — Giuseppe Pennisi finds Joseph Summer's 'Hamlet' a musical hodgepodge. '... almost in late Romantic style.'

Ensemble. An Extraordinary Journey — Mike Wheeler listens to Charles Owen's piano recital at the 2022 Buxton Festival

Ensemble. Cohesive Ensemble Playing — Mike Wheeler reports on Jonathan Dove's 'Mansfield Park' at the Buxton Festival

Ensemble. A Massive and Moving Sound — Keith Bramich listens to Dvořák's Requiem at the first evening concert of the 2022 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford Cathedral

Ensemble. Noteworthy and Sometimes Momentous — Roderic Dunnett visits the UK's Garsington Opera for Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw'

CD Spotlight. Spirit of a Nation — Gerald Fenech is impressed by music of nineteenth century Polish composers Henryk Wieniawski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and Karol Kurpiński. '... both players and soloists surpass themselves with passionate renditions ...'

Ensemble. Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride — Mike Wheeler experiences 'Viva la Diva' at Buxton

Classical music news - Return of the Discovery Orchestra — An American orchestra returns post-pandemic to help its audience find inspiration

CD Spotlight. Dimensions of Accessibility — John Dante Prevedini is inspired by Takashi Yoshimatsu's piano suites. '... Oshima-Ryan brings a remarkable clarity and precision to the performance ...'

Ensemble. Warmth and Sassiness — Mike Wheeler was at Buxton Opera House for 'Gypsy: A Musical Fable'

CD Spotlight. An Additional Significance and Poignancy — Gerald Fenech listens to César Franck orchestral music, recorded in Ukraine. 'Francisco Varela draws the very best from the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, and performances are consistently fresh, alive and often compelling.'

Ensemble. Taut and Focused — Mike Wheeler reports from the Buxton Festival on Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Ensemble. Stunningly Staged and Sung — Longborough Festival Opera's 'Die tote Stadt', extolled by Roderic Dunnett

Classical music news - July 2022 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month

CD Spotlight. Effective and Uncomplicated — Geoff Pearce listens to chamber music by New Zealand composer Eric Biddington. 'These performances are a great testament to the Christchurch music making scene and to the composer who has been an important part of it.'

CD Spotlight. A Transcendental Experience — Choral music by Franz Joseph Haydn, unreservedly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... these interpretations overflow with humanity, humility, sincerity and, above all, a heartfelt spontaneity ...'

CD Spotlight. Good Humour and Musical Gestures — Geoff Pearce listens to wind quintets by Bentzon. 'This is very enjoyable music and beautifully performed.'

CD Spotlight. Champagne Stuff — Gerald Fenech listens to Rossini's 'La Scala di Seta'. 'José-Miguel Pérez-Sierra's vivid conducting draws from both singers and Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra players performances full of delectable charm and infectious pleasure ...'

Ensemble. Beyond Earthly Existence — Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the International Chigiana Festival and Summer Academy

Classical music news. Bard Music Festival — Bard Music Festival, beginning 5 August 2022, explores the life and times of one of the last great romantics in 'Rachmaninoff and His World'

Ensemble. A Triumph — Roderic Dunnett listens to two one-act operas

Classical music news. Pierrot Chamber Music Festival — The Pierrot Chamber Music Festival celebrates its summer season at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center in Garden City, New York, USA

Ensemble. Changing Tastes — Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience for Leonard Bernstein's 'Mass'

CD Spotlight. Interesting and Quite Unique — Geoff Pearce commends this set of orchestral music by Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky. 'There is some very impressive playing here by this magnificent orchestra.'

CD Spotlight. A New Dimension — Gerald Fenech listens to 'Klezmer Fiddler on the Roof'. '... an orchestral disc that aspiring artists and fans of theatre music can sing along to.'

Classical music news. Obituary — Richard Taruskin (1945-2022)

Classical music news. July 2022 Newsletter — Watch and listen to our July 2022 newsletter - Youth Involvement in Classical Music

Ensemble. A Rare and Novel Experience — Opera Warwick's production of Weber's 'The Marksman', heard by Roderic Dunnett

Ensemble. Songs of the Distance — Giuseppe Pennisi describes how American music is back, alive and well at the Spoleto Festival

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

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