United Kingdom C. P. E. Bach, Ligeti, Schumann, Danny Driver (piano): Wigmore Hall, London, 1.10.2020. (CC)
Armenia ‘ARMENIA’ International Music Festival: Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Dmirchyan, Yerevan, Armenia, 24-26.9.2020. (CC)
United Kingdom Live from London – Treasures of the English Renaissance: Stile Antico. Streamed as live from London’s VOCES8 Foundation, 26.9.2020. (CC)
It is an exciting time for composer Alexey Shor. I personally first came across his music on a Delos release entitled Classical Music Stars in Malta in which four of his chamber pieces (Farewell Nocturne; Addio; King Matt the First; Coming of Age) shared disc space with music by Ilya Dimov, Khachaturian, Joseph Vella, and the fabulous Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia. Then, the superstar violinist Maxim Vengerov, no less, performed Shor’s St. Elmo Barcarolle at the Barbican in January this year under the baton of a conductor who is a tireless champion of Shor’s music, Sergey Smbatyan (review); and Vengerov’s encore, after Bruch’s First Violin Concerto and Ravel’s Tzigane, was another work by Shor: his Elegy for violin and orchestra.
United Kingdom Live from London – Music for Reflection: The Sixteen / Harry Christophers (director), with Antonia Christophers (narrator). King’s Place, London, 19.9.2020. (CC)
United Kingdom Live from London – Where All Roses Go: Apollo5 (Penelope Appleyard, Clare Stewart [sopranos], Josh Cooter, Oli Martin-Smith [tenors], Greg Link [bass]). VOCES8 Centre, London, 11.9.2020. (CC)
United Kingdom De Matteis, Jr, Bach, Finnis: Manchester Collective (Rakhi Singh [violin], Ruth Gibson [viola], Nicholas Trygstad [cello]), Leeds Town Hall, 11.9.2020. (CC)
United Kingdom Live from London – Choral Dances: VOCES8, St Anne and St Agnes Church, London, 5.9.2020. (CC)