‘Hafez in Song’: Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake at the Oxford Lieder Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Oxford Lieder Festival [1]: The Western-Eastern Divan – Schubert, Henze, Wolf, Mahler: Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano), Holywell Music Room, Oxford (live stream), 11.10.2020. (CS)

Ian Bostridge (photo courtesy of Oxford Lieder Festival)

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A satisfying conclusion to the 2020 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glière, Puccini, J.S. Bach, Mozart: Guy Johnston (cello), Julian Bliss (clarinet), Navarra Quartet (Magnus Johnston & Marije Johnston [violin], Sascha Bota [viola], Brian O’Kane [cello]). Chapel & Marble Hall, Hatfield House, recorded broadcast, 2.10.2020. (CS)

The Navarra Quartet and Julian Bliss, in the Marble Hall at Hatfield House

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BBC Last Night of the Prompts: a strictly personal report

BBC Proms Live – Last Night of the Proms: Golda Schultz (soprano), Nicola Benedetti (violin), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Dalia Stasevska (conductor). Broadcast live (directed for TV by Matthew Woodward) from the Royal Albert Hall, 12.9.2020. (JB) Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro (Overture); ‘Deh vieni, non tardar’ R. Strauss – ‘Morgen!’ Andrea Tarrodi – Solus (BBC commission: … Read more

The Dresden Festival Orchestra’s Beethoven shows all you need is the right players and a sympathetic conductor

GermanyGermany Beethoven: Dresden Festival Orchestra / Josep Caballé Domenech (conductor). 12.9.2020 performance from Löwensaal, Dresden, reviewed when streamed live on Dreamstage. (LV)

Josep Caballé Domenech (conductor)

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Insufficient joy and comfort from a socially distanced Last Night of the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms Live – Last Night of the Proms: Golda Schultz (soprano), Nicola Benedetti (violin), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Dalia Stasevska (conductor). Broadcast live (directed for TV by Matthew Woodward) from the Royal Albert Hall, 12.9.2020. (JPr)

Golda Schultz (soprano), Dalia Stasevska (conductor) and the BBC SO
(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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