Haitink bids farewell to the BBC Proms with a Beethoven and Bruckner VPO concert

05/09/2019

BBC Prom 60 – Beethoven and Bruckner: Emanuel Ax (piano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernard Haitink (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 3.9.2019. (JPr)

Bernard Haitink conducts the VPO (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads a Berlioz performance of awe-inspiring scope at the Proms

03/09/2019

BBC PROM 59 – Berlioz: Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 2.9.2019. (CC)

Michael Spyres (Cellini) and Sophia Burgos (Teresa) (c) Chris Christodoulou

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An uneven concert performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten at Musikfest Berlin

02/09/2019

Musikfest Berlin [2] – Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten: Soloists, Children’s Choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (chorus director, Vinzenz Weissenburger), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director, Benjamin Goodson), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin, 1.9.2019. (MB)

Musikfest Berlin’s Die Frau ohne Schatten (c) Monika Karczmarczyk

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The Shanghai Symphony makes an auspicious Proms debut

02/09/2019

BBC PROM 57 – Qigang Chen, Mozart, Rachmaninov: Eric Lu (piano); Shanghai Symphony Orchestra / Long Yu (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 1.9.2019. (CC)

Long Yu conducts the Shanghai SO (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Excellent programming from Gergiev, Kavakos and the Mariinsky at Lucerne Festival

01/09/2019

Lucerne Festival [6] – Debussy, Sibelius, Chausson, Ravel, Shostakovich: Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), Lucerne, 31.8.2019. (JR)

Valery Gergiev (c) Manuel Jans/Lucerne Festival

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Straight from the heart – Berkshire Opera Festival’s frothy, fantastic Don Pasquale

01/09/2019

Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, Berkshire Opera Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Brian Garman (conductor), Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, 27.8.2019. (RP)

Craig Colclough (Don Pasquale) & Emmett O’Hanlon (Malatesta) in Don Pasquale
© Ken Howard

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An Inspiring Evening of English Music at the Proms

30/08/2019

BBC PROM 53 – Vaughan Williams, Wood, Elgar: Stacey Tappan (soprano), Anthony Gregory (tenor), Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 29.8.2019. (CC)

Stacey Tappan (soprano) (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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The Multi-Faceted Musicianship of Ryan Wigglesworth Showcased at the Proms

29/08/2019

BBC PROM 52Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wigglesworth and Stravinsky: Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Britten Sinfonia / Ryan Wigglesworth (piano/conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 28.8.2019. (AS)

Ryan Wigglesworth (c) Benjamin Ealovega

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