LISTENING TO TCHAIKOVSKY: Béla Hartmann uses his knowledge of Eastern Europe to argue against the banning of all Russian culture following Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
Classical music news. The Pursuit of Musick — Some new publications and other news
Quality or Taste? — Béla Hartmann discusses quality in the Arts
Classical music news. May 2023 New Releases — Browse a large selection of new recordings
CD Spotlight. Tremendously Vivid — Gerald Fenech listens to Volume 27 of Hänssler Classic's Haydn symphonies series. '... Klumpp's utter dedication to the project shines brightly with an intensity that makes the music leap from its pages.'
CD Spotlight. The Collective as Artist — John Dante Prevedini listens to new music from the Danish music collective Damkapellet
Ensemble. Ear-catching Moments — Mike Wheeler listens to Bomsori Kim, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Looks like we got ourselves a reader
Ensemble. Crushing Pathos — Ron Bierman listens to Nicolas Reveles' 'Ghosts'
CD Spotlight. All Praise — Nielsen symphonies, enthusiastically recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Maybe the best set ever of Nielsen's symphonic cycle in immaculate sound quality and sumptuous presentation.'
CD Spotlight. Very Satisfying — Geoff Pearce is impressed with songs by Rubbra. '... a very enjoyable and thought-provoking disk ...'
CD Spotlight. Lyrical Beauty — Gerald Fenech strongly recommends recordings of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 24 and 25. 'Jean-Efflam Bavouzet despatches these two masterpieces with remarkable dexterity, and his playing ... is intense, powerful and spontaneously virtuosic ...'
CD Spotlight. Insightful and Compelling — Geoff Pearce is impressed by this Chandos recording of Shostakovich's Symphonies Nos 12 and 15. 'The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra is totally committed to these works and the playing, both solo and in ensemble work, is of the highest order.'
Ensemble. Simply Bewitching — Mike Wheeler listens to chamber music by Schubert and Fauré from Ruth Rogers, Fiona Bonds, Katherine Jenkinson, Benjamin Russell and Viv Mclean
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Per Giuseppe
Ensemble. Peak Intensity — Mike Wheeler listens to Dvořák, J S Bach, Dobrinka Tabakova and Sibelius from Jakob Koranyi, Tabita Berglund and the Hallé Orchestra
CD Spotlight. Highly Rewarding — Gerald Fenech is impressed by Stephen Hough's interpretations of piano music by Catalan composer Federico Mompou. '... Stephen Hough's marvellous passion for this music is displayed in his unique ability to bring out all the subtleties of these incomparable scores.'
CD Spotlight. A Fascinating Recording — Geoff Pearce listens to new orchestral music conducted by Mikel Toms on Ablaze Records. 'The playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and overall sound of the works showcased is very good indeed, and the programme notes are excellent.'
CD Spotlight. Tremendously Attractive and Exciting — Gerald Fenech recommends this Hyperion recording of Czech harpsichord concertos. 'All praise to Mahan Esfahani and his Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra team for compiling this hugely attractive programme, which is in fact a voyage of discovery of twentieth century Czech music.'
Ensemble. An Elegy for Mother Earth — Adam J Sacks listens to John Luther Adams' 'Vespers of the Blessed Earth'
Classical music news - April 2023 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — A spot of circumnavigation on a Sunday afternoon
CD Spotlight. New and Refreshing — Geoff Pearce is impressed by the music of contemporary Swedish composer Britta Byström. 'There is a sincerity about this music that speaks directly to the soul.'
CD Spotlight. In a Class of its Own — Recordings of Clara and Robert Schumann's piano concertos impress Gerald Fenech. 'Beatrice Rana's magical playing is complimented by incisive support from Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his Chamber Orchestra of Europe ...'
CD Spotlight. Very Enjoyable — Geoff Pearce listens to the Tailleferre Ensemble. 'This is a lovely disc which will delight most listeners ...'
CD Spotlight. Sheer Effectiveness — Joseph Bologne's opera 'L'Amant Anonyme', recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Craig Trompeter and his team deliver some truly memorable performances full of vocal brilliance imbued with passion and excitement ...'
CD Spotlight. An Impressive Calling Card — Eight new North American works for solo cello and orchestra impress Paul Sarcich. 'Recording and orchestral playing are first rate, so the composers have been well served.'
Ensemble. Resonances Far Beyond — Mike Wheeler listens to J S Bach's 'St Matthew Passion'
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Wanted: Digital or Analogue
Classical music news. April 2023 Newsletter — Our 1 April 2023 PDF newsletter has just been published
Ensemble. A Curiously Unfamiliar Masterpiece — Malcolm Miller is impressed by Hana Mizuta-Spencer's performance of Ernest Bloch's Violin Concerto
Ensemble. Appealing Voices with Exceptional Power — Ron Bierman is entertained by San Diego Opera's production of Puccini's 'Tosca'
Ensemble. Sisters Under the Skin — Mike Wheeler is impressed with Opera North's production of 'Ariadne auf Naxos'
Profile. Ronald Stevenson — A little memory, a little overview and a little comment
Ensemble. A Favourite with Audiences — Lucas Ball was impressed when Andrew Slater stepped in at short notice to sing in Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius'
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Behind the Wall of Sleep
CD Spotlight. Consistently Vibrant — Gerald Fenech listens to orchestral music by German composer Paul Lincke. '... full of striking melodies, rapturous harmonic beauty and often exuberantly dance-like gestures ...'
Profile. Big Roles — Ron Bierman talks to American soprano Michelle Bradley
Ensemble. Distinctive Instrumental Sonorities — Mike Wheeler reports on David Pountney's re-staging of Janáček's 'The Cunning Little Vixen' for Opera North
Ensemble. Celestial Spheres — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to two British composers - Thomas Adès and Gustav Holst - in Rome
CD Spotlight. Glittering and Colourful — Orchestral music by Respighi, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'This is a lovely disc which will delight most listeners ...'
Ensemble. Exuberant and Briskly to the Point — Mike Wheeler listens to Stravinsky and Mahler from Derby Concert Orchestra
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Randomness Run Riot
CD Spotlight. Lush Orchestrations — Gerald Fenech listens to orchestral music by British composer Philip Lane. '... so much to enjoy.'
Ensemble. Visits to the Doctor — Ron Bierman appreciates music by John Adams, Mozart and Rachmaninov from Ingrid Fliter, Edo de Waart and the San Diego Symphony
CD Spotlight. Lush and Tender — Geoff Pearce recommends a new recording of orchestral music and songs by Franz Schreker. '... these performances make a very compelling case to perform Schreker's music much more often.'
Ensemble. A Bloody Story of Jealousy — Giuseppe Pennisi witnesses great success for Franco Zeffirelli's return to Rome
CD Spotlight. Unjustifiably Neglected — Gerald Fenech is impressed with orchestral music by Carlos Gomes. 'I encourage you to invest in this beautiful album which will definitely sweep you off your feet.'
Ensemble. Charm and Elegance — Mike Wheeler is impressed by German baroque music from Sinfonia Viva
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — The Departed
Ensemble. Captivating Performance — Mike Wheeler listens to Khachaturian, Mozart, Robert Schumann and Sibelius from Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer
CD Spotlight. A Compelling Account — Stravinsky for orchestra, enjoyed by Geoff Pearce. 'Mäkelä and the Orchestre de Paris share a compelling vision in both works, and are on their very best form.'
Classical music news - March 2023 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month
Profile. A Fascinating Background and Career — Ron Bierman pays tribute to the late Nicolas Reveles, in the second part of his interview with the composer
CD Spotlight. Plenty of Spanish Sunshine — Spanish music of a bygone era, reviewed by Paul Sarcich. '... poised playing and excellent interweaving of the various wind sounds.'
CD Spotlight. A Pleasant Surprise — Schubert songs with orchestral accompaniments, highly recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'An absolute peach of a disc where everything falls into place with astute precision.'
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Champions of Oblivion
CD Spotlight. Musicians On the Road — Giuseppe Pennisi examines the Passacaglia and listens to a new Erato disc. 'The interpreters, Philippe Jaroussky and Christina Pluhar's l'Arpeggiata, are excellent.'
CD Spotlight. Songful and Inventive — Franz Schubert's Mass in A flat, recorded in Stuttgart and enthusiastically recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... evocative, passionate and often gloriously mystical ...'
Ensemble. Thoroughly Collegial — Mike Wheeler listens to Missy Mazzolli, Brahms and Beethoven from James Ehnes and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kevin John Edusei
Classical music news. March 2023 Newsletter — Our March 2023 PDF newsletter has just been published, along with some extra classical music news and our February 2023 classical music obituaries
Classical music news. March 2023 New Releases — Browse a large selection of new recordings
CD Spotlight. Clear Melodic Simplicity — Geoff Pearce listens to guitar music by Antonio Lauro. 'I recommend this recording to anyone who loves and appreciates fine classical guitar playing ...'
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Going for a Song
CD Spotlight. Caruso 150 — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Urania Records' new Caruso tribute album. 'One of the first major singing talents to be commercially recorded ...'
CD Spotlight. The Piano Turned Inside-Out — John Dante Prevedini considers Carlos Cipa's new release a triumph. '... a remarkably fresh and distinctive pianistic listening experience ...'
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