Profoundly Moving Performance of Gerontius in Edinburgh


  Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius: Toby Spence (tenor), Sarah Connolly (mezzo), Alan Opie (baritone), Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus / Peter Oundjian (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 29.5.2015 (SRT)

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Trio Amistad – A One and Only, Truly Original?


 Fossa, Piazzolla, Sergio Assad, Bach, Debussy, Falla: Trio Amistad (Jane Curry, guitar; Rebecca Steel, flute; Simon Brew, saxophone), The Old Library, Whangarei, New Zealand, 15.5.2015. [Pse] Read more

Barenboim Not Quite at His Best in Schubert but Still Offering Much to Ponder


 Schubert: Daniel Barenboim (piano). Royal Festival Hall, London, 29.5.2015 (MB) Read more

A Thoughtful, Provocative Carmen from Calixto Bieito


 Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the English National Opera (chorus master: Martin Fitzpatrick) / Sir Richard Armstrong (conductor). The Coliseum, London, 20.5.2015 (MB) Read more

Brilliant Criminal Opera in Tallinn


. Hindemith Cardillac Soloists, Estonian National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Vello Pähn (conductor). Estonian National Opera, Tallinn 14.5.2015. Premiere (GF) Read more

Preview: Strings Across the Centuries at East Neuk Festival


Preview: Strings Across the Centuries at East Neuk Festival

The East Neuk Festival starts at the end of June with a weekend of sophisticated and lively jazz (Gwilym Simcock Trio and Budapest Café Orchestra), as well as some provocative ideas and discussions on the Littoral programme. The week continues with an inventive daily programme of high class music spanning baroque to contemporary, featuring an array of world class performers including violinists Hugo Ticciati and Alexander Sitkovestsky, fiddler Duncan Chisholm, violist Maxim Rysanov and cellist Philip Higham, two celebrated American string quartets (Brentano Quartet and the acclaimed young Calidore Quartet), classical accordionist Andreas Borregaard, soprano Mhairi Lawson, pianist Ashley Wass, the Dunedin Consort and John Butt, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra which has always been the touchstone of the Festival. As ever, the atmospheric venues and beautiful countryside and seascape of the East Neuk play an important role in the Festival’s success.

The notion of time travel permeates the core Festival with music spanning three centuries in celebration of a special 300 year old Stradivarius violin that has been lent to the Festival this year. With J S Bach at the heart of things, these inventive concerts journey back and forth across time with music from composers including Britten, Gubaidulina, Mozart, Piazzola, Rehnqvist, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, among others.

Time Traveller concerts at 7.30pm on Monday 29 June (Dunino Church), 30 June (Kilconquhar Church), 1 July (Cambo Barn), 2 July (St Monans Church at 4pm) and 4 July (Crail Church at 11.30am).

The 2015 Festival finale is right in the 21 st century with the world premiere of a special ENF commission from Pulitzer Prize/Grammy Award-winning American composer John Luther Adams. From a Distance , written for 32 amateur and professional horn players led by Alec Frank-Gemmill, critically acclaimed young principal horn of the SCO, will be performed in the grounds of Cambo Estate for a promenade audience which ill include John Luther Adams himself.

Sunday 5 July 4pm Cambo House – From A Distance (John Luther Adams) and other surprises

Always supportive of exceptionally talented young musicians, the Festival invests in the future and launches the ENF Retreat this year. Music Director Alexander Janiczek and his team of mentors will coach and rehearse eight string players over several intensive days, culminating in two showcase performances.

Thurs 2 July 11.30am Crail Church – Retreat Concert 1 including Mozart Piano Quartet in Gm, K478

Fri 3 July 11.30am Crail Church – Retreat Concert No 2 including Mendelssohn Octet in E flat, Op 20

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A Thrilling Turangalîla Memorably Concludes the Philharmonia’s City of Light Series


Debussy and Messiaen: Samuel Coles (flute), Sophie Bevan (soprano), Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (ondes martinot), Philharmonia Voices, Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 28.5.2015 (AS) Read more

Refinement, Poise and Eloquence in James Ehnes’ Wigmore Hall Recital


 Debussy, Respighi, Szymanowski and Elgar: James Ehnes (violin), Andrew Armstrong (piano), Wigmore Hall London, 26.5.2015 (CS) Read more

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