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Classical music news - Birmingham Classical Season — B:Music announces its 2024/25 Birmingham (UK) Classical Season at Symphony Hall

Spotlight. Layers of the Programmatic — John Dante Prevedini listens to Gustav Hoyer's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. '... a sensitively crafted release ...'

Ensemble. Bright and Dark — Mike Wheeler listens to music by Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák from Sunwook Kim, Alexandre Bloch and the Philharmonia Orchestra

Classical music news - Anna Thorvaldsdóttir — The Icelandic composer's new orchestral installation receives its first performances on 1 June 2024 at the Reykjavík Arts Festival

Classical music news - Gerard Schurmann Centenary Video — A new video has been published to mark the centenary of the British composer's birth

Spotlight. Consistently Engaging — Gerald Fenech listens to two more volumes in Danacord's 'Thomas Jensen Legacy' series. '... Jensen in joyous mood ...'

Ensemble. Plenty of Vigour and Panache — Mike Wheeler reacts to music by Holst, Andrew Carter, Moses Hogan and John Rutter

Spotlight. Microtonal Connections — Keith Bramich listens to the Auerbach-Pierce Duo. '... nearly an hour of intriguing, sensitively played music.'

Spotlight. Expansion of Life — Gerald Fenech listens to three works by Carl Nielsen. '... performances of the utmost precision and potent perceptiveness ...'

Ensemble. Birthday Boys — Mike Wheeler reports from a celebratory Sitwell Singers concert featuring Bruckner and Cornelius

Ensemble. Impressive Emotional Depth — Ron Bierman experiences an almost excellent performance of Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly'

Ensemble. A Huge Dynamic Range — Mike Wheeler listens to Maria Ioudenitch, Stanislav Kochanovsky and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

Classical music news. May 2024 Newsletter — Watch and listen to our May 2024 one hour video newsletter - Improvisation in the classical world and beyond

Classical music news - April 2024 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month

Classical music news. Albany Records — Parma Recordings acquires the American classical label Albany Records

Classical music news. Martijn Dendievel — A young Flemish conductor has been appointed as the new chief conductor of Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen

Classical music news. The Greatest Fugue — American composer Elliott Sharp's new opera, 'Die Grösste Fuge' is to receive its first USA performance in English

Classical music news. Toradze International Music Festival — The Toradze Foundation presents the second edition of its music festival in the Georgian capital Tbilisi

Spotlight. Harmonically Exotic — Gerald Fenech finds a new recording of Delius' Hassan absolutely riveting. '... these performances are as dynamically dazzling as they are irrepressibly exciting and incandescent.'

Spotlight. Fresh and Interesting — Geoff Pearce listens to chamber music by British composer Kenneth V Jones. '... a valuable discovery.'

Spotlight. Vibrantly Recommended — Gerald Fenech listens to music by Enescu. '... these performances are as dynamically dazzling as they are irrepressibly exciting and incandescent.'

Classical music news. Obituary — Andrew Davis (1944-2024)

Spotlight. Delightful and Skilfully Crafted — Geoff Pearce listens to oboe concertos by Hertel. 'Oboist Katarzyna Pilipiuk is superb. She produces a pleasing tone, is precise in her fingerwork and has marvellous intonation.'

Spotlight. Joyously Sparkling — Gerald Fenech listens to Sibylle Mahni play Mozart's horn concertos. 'There are recorded versions of these works aplenty, but this Prospero issue can certainly hold its ground with some of the best available at the moment.'

Tailleferre — A classical music word search puzzle by Allan Rae

Spotlight. Precious, Luminous Gems — Esdras Mugatik listens to music for accordion by British composer Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015). '... a magical capacity to differentiate levels of sound ...'

Spotlight. An Immediate Impact — Geoff Pearce listens to Pärt and Shostakovich. '... something very special indeed.'

Spotlight. Surprisingly Excellent — Gerald Fenech recommends music by Martucci. '... Martucci's music is so well crafted with an abundant spring of melody that one never tires of listening to it.'

Spotlight. Mysteriously Fascinating — Gerald Fenech wholeheartedly recommends orchestral music by Béla Bartók. 'The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra plays flawlessly throughout.'

Spotlight. A Real Find — Geoff Pearce urges you to listen to this recording of Tippett's 'A Child of Our Time'. '... something very special indeed.'

Classical music news. Behind the Scenes — A recent article alleges a bad working atmosphere and more at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Classical music news. Edo de Waart — The Dutch conductor retires at eighty-two

Spotlight. Imagination, Humour and Depth — Gerald Fenech listens to oboe concertos by eighteenth century German composer Ludwig August Lebrun. 'Nancy Ambrose King's flawless technique allows the music to flow with a strong sense of drama ...'

Spotlight. An Original Voice — Geoff Pearce listens to Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache conducting Franck and Debussy. '... something very special indeed.'

Ensemble. A Particular Delight — Mike Wheeler listens to the Aquinas Trio

Profile. To Vladivostok With Thanks — Memories of the Russian pianist and teacher Vadim Suchanov (1949-2024) from Béla Hartmann

Spotlight. Compelling Throughout — Gerald Fenech warmly recommends Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man'. '... the performance is one of the most moving I've heard in recent times ...'

Ensemble. A Remarkable Concentrated Stillness — Mike Wheeler reviews a restrained but purposeful account of J S Bach's St John Passion

Ensemble. An Evening of Vocal Distinction — Roderic Dunnett reports on Massenet's 'Cendrillon' from the UK's Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Classical music news. Obituary — Christopher T Montgomery (1931-2024)

Classical music news. Obituary — Ian Keith Harris (1935-2024)

Spotlight. Exquisitely Descriptive Music — Gerald Fenech warmly recommends harpsichord music by Pierre-Claude Foucquet. 'It's a joy for a lifetime.'

Classical music news. Del Mar-a-Lago Festival — Here are further details about the contemporary music festival mentioned in our April newsletter

Classical music news. April 2024 Newsletter — Our April 2024 PDF newsletter has just been published, featuring some music festivals around the world this year

Ensemble. Little Short of Miraculous — Mike Wheeler is impressed by Hanni Liang's pianism, but reports that some audience members were unhappy with her recital's lecture element

Ensemble. Radically New for Western Audiences — Adam J Sacks reports from the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Classical music news. New Releases for April 2024 and Later — Browse a selection of new recordings

Ensemble. A Generally Engaging Performance — Mike Wheeler listens to Elgar, Rachmaninov, Debussy and Dvořák in Derby Cathedral

Ensemble. Satisfyingly Impressive and Exciting — Ron Bierman listens to Musorgsky, Rachmaninov and Elgar in San Diego

Spotlight. Richness of Surprise — Gerald Fenech urges you to invest in this cycle of Haydn symphonies from Johannes Klumpp and the Heidelberger Sinfoniker. 'It's a joy for a lifetime.'

Zelman — A classical music word search puzzle by Allan Rae

Spotlight. Fling Wide the Gates — Keith Bramich listens to Delphian Records' new recording of John Stainer's 'The Crucifixion'. '... excellent and committed performance ...'

Classical music news - Clayton Stephenson — The 2022 Cliburn finalist has been awarded a 2024 Avery Fisher career grant

Spotlight. A Lovely, Lovely Issue — Gerald Fenech recommends music by Handel and Vivaldi from Daniel Sæther and Ensemble C4. '... up there with the very best ...'

Ensemble. Serious Emotional Turmoil — Mike Wheeler finds that the ending of Opera North's 'Così fan tutte' works brilliantly

Spotlight. Highly Imaginative — Gerald Fenech warmly recommends music by Manuel de Falla and Igor Stravinsky. '... an absolute joy.'

Classical music news - March 2024 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month

Classical music news - A New Competition — The Tokyo Minato City International Music Competition and Workshop is being launched in 2024

Spotlight. Rare but Lovely — Gerald Fenech recommends Catalani's 'La falce'. 'Performances are excellent in every sense and Fabrizio Da Ros keeps things moving without undue fuss.'

Ensemble. A Sure Feel for Dramatic Pacing — Mike Wheeler reviews Opera North's Mascagni/Rachmaninov double bill

Spotlight. A Near Unforgettable Experience — Gerald Fenech praises Krijn Koetsveld and Le Nuove Musiche for their new Monteverdi recording. '... breathtaking precision and technical proficiency that are simply stunning.'

Ensemble. A Fascinating Mix — Mike Wheeler listens to a joint concert by Derby Cathedral Choir and Sinfonia Viva

Spotlight. A Winning Personality — Gerald Fenech strongly recommends music by Eugène Ysaÿe on the Avie Records label. '... passionate intensity and inspired brilliance ...'

Ensemble. All to Play For — Mike Wheeler listens to Bruckner's Symphony No 8 from Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra

Classical music news - Liberation Festival — Jersey's international festival of classical music and jazz runs from 9-18 May 2024