Young Tenor Saves the Day at the Three Choirs Festival



Three Choirs Festival (2) Parry, Elgar: Clare Rutter (soprano); Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano); Magnus Walker (tenor); Ashley Riches (bass); Jonathan Hope (organ);Three Choirs Festival Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra/Adrian Partington (conductor), Gloucester Cathedral, 23.7. 2016. (JQ)

18-year-old tenor Magnus Walker (c) Ash Mills

18-year-old tenor Magnus Walker (c) Ash Mills

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Aspen (6): Mixed Results from the Emerson Quartet, but Abduraimov Is a Pianist to Reckon With



Haydn, Berg, Brahms, Purcell, Berlioz, Beethoven, Bellini, Thomas, Chopin, Schubert, Prokofiev: Soloists, Emerson String Quartet, Behzod Abduraimov (piano), Harris Hall, Aspen, Colorado. 19-21.7.2016. (HS) Read more

An Engaging and Superbly Executed Recital from James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook



Three Choirs Festival (1) – Berlioz, Ravel, Schumann, Wolf, Mahler, Gurney, Warlock: James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano), St Barnabas Church, Tuffley, Gloucester, 23.7.2016. (JQ) Read more

Murder, Mystery and the Music Rules at Cambridge



Carlo Gesualdo, Breaking the Rules: The Marian Consort [Rory McCleery (director, countertenor), Katie Trethewey, Gwendolin Martin (soprano), Guy Cutting, Ashley Turnell (tenor), Nick Ashby (bass)], Wezi Elliot (lute), Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2016,  Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge. 18.7.16. (MH)


Gerald Kyd (Gesualdo) in Breaking the Rules
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Aspen (5): A Tale of Contrasting Violins: Joshua Bell and Midori



Saint-Saëns, Mahler, Crockett, Mozart, Fletcher, Brahms, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: Soloists; Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Contemporary Music Ensemble, Aspen Festival Orchestra Robert Spano, Donald Crocker, Arie Vardi, and Vasily Petrenko (conductors); Benedict Music Tent and Harris Hall, Aspen, Colorado. 15-17.7.2016. (HS) Read more

Aspen (4): Emotional All-Student La bohème, Joyce Yang, Midori, and Sterling Chamber Music



 Schnittke, Milhaud, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Debussy, Granados, Rachmaninoff, J.S. Bach, Puccini: Soloists, Joyce Yang (piano), Midori (violin), Orchestra and Chorus of Aspen Opera Theater Center, Garrett Keast (conductor), Harris Hall and Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado. 11-14.7.2016. (HS) Read more

Rare Performance of Berkeley’s Stabat Mater Combines Austerity with Profundity


Ravel, Michael Berkeley, Colin Matthews, Poulenc,Lennox Berkeley: The Berkeley Ensemble, The Marian Consort / David Wordsworth (conductor), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 17.7.2016. (RJ)

The Berkeley Ensemble [Luke Russell (flute), Emily Cockbill (oboe), John Slack (clarinet, bass clarinet), Andrew Watson (bassoon), Paul Cott (horn), Fontane Liang (harp), Jolwey Cragg (percussion), Sophie Mather (violin), Francesca Barritt (violin), Matthew Kettle (viola), Gemma Wareham (cello), Lachland Radford (double bass)]

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Sally Beamish Introduces an Extra Three Deadly Sins



Sally Beamish: Red Note Ensemble [Ruth Morley (flute), Marie Lloyd (clarinet), Jacqueline Shave (violin0, Robert Irvine (cello) Tom Hunter (percussion), Huw Watkins (piano), Crawford Logan (actor), Cheltenham Music Festival, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, 16.7.2016. (RJ) Read more

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