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)]

The Marian Consort [Emma Walshe (soprano), Gwendolen Martin (soprano), Rory McCleery (countertenor and director), Benedict Hymas (tenor), Joh Stainsby (baritone), Nick Ashby (bass)] Read more

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

NEW! Keyboard Mania Engulfs Cheltenham



Keyboard Mania Engulfs Cheltenham

If Cheltenham has taken on a somewhat Surrealistic aspect over the past week, blame it on that musical eccentric Erik Satie born 150 years ago. As you stroll around the town you come across a number of piano-like or piano related objects ranging from painted pianos, pianos planted with flowers, a tubular bell piano, a fruit machine synthesiser and even aircraft landing gear sporting a keyboard. There’s also an electro-mechanical lithophone, but please don’t ask me to describe it or how it works. Read more

Fidelio Trio Transfigure the Music They Play



Michael Zev Gordon, Erik Satie, Hunter Coblentz, Piers Hellawell, Arnold Schoenberg: Fidelio Trio [Darrah Morgan (violin), Adi Tai (cello), Mary Dullea (piano)], Sinéad Morrissey (poet/reader), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 15.7.2016. (RJ)

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Zhang Zuo Saves the Day in Young Artists’ Recital



 Handel/Halvorsen, Liszt, Schubert/Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Schwertsik, Brahms: Esther Yoo (violin), Narek Haknazaryan (cello), Zhang Zuo (piano), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham,14.7.2016. (RJ) Read more

Ex Cathedra’s Visionary Concert in Tewkesbury Abbey



 Parry, Weir, Howells, MacMillan: Cheltenham Festival – Ex Cathedra, MacMillan Ensemble/Jeffrey Skidmore, Alexander Mason (organ), Tewkesbury Abbey, 13.7.2016. (JQ) Read more

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