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The Editor’s Choice (17)

No messing about for my July choices!

In reverse order:
Third – Benjamin Zander’s Beethoven 9, interesting as a literal reproduction of what Beethoven notated (but he may have been moved to change his mind!)...
Second – A feather in the cap for First Hand Records, a trio of rare Violin Sonatas by Soviet-era composers, played superbly by Sasha Rozhdestvensky & Viktoria Postnikova...
First – No doubt about pole position for July, Handel’s Acis and Galatea given a quite wonderful outing under Christian Curnyn, a real tonic (and so too is Bavouzet’s Haydn!).

Colin Anderson
The Classical Source
August 2018

***As a postscript, just to clarify how Classical Source uses stars for its reviews. Since April 2016 a star-rating is mandatory for anything generally available (a recording, a book...) and when there is a run of performances (an opera, a ballet...). Stars are not required for a concert unless a reviewer is of the opinion that something is exceptional (five stars) or quite the opposite (one); either is rare ... ultimately it is the words that matter.***


BBC Proms 2018

about this prom Prom 44: CBSO/Ludovic Morlot – From Faune to Boléro via Psalm 130 and Nocturnes
about this prom Prom 43: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim – Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman, Scriabin – with Lisa Batiashvili & Elsa Dreisig
about this prom Prom 42: Estonian Festival Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – Arvo Pärt & Sibelius – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Grieg
about this prom Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 5/Proms Chamber Music – Colin Currie & JACK Quartet – Xenakis, Holt, Farrin
about this prom Prom 41: BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Pour les funérailles d'un soldat and Dona nobis pacem – Jean-Guihen Queyras plays Elgar

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Latest Concert & Opera Reviews

about this concert I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical – Alexander S. Bermange at The Crazy Coqs
about this concert Grimeborn Opera Festival – Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek
about this concert Snape Proms – Trio Isimsiz – Haydn, Mendelssohn & Brahms
about this concert Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Louis Langrée conducts Meistermusik & Requiem – Stephen Hough plays K467
about this concert Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Mark Morris Dance Group – Love Song Waltzes | I Don’t Want to Love | The Trout

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Latest CD & DVD Reviews

about this cd/dvd Kenneth Woods’s orchestration of Brahms’s Piano Quartet Opus 26 [English Symphony Orchestra; Nimbus Alliance]
about this cd/dvd Mark Elder conducts Wagner’s Das Rheingold [Hallé]
about this cd/dvd Stephen Dodgson String Trios & Solo Pieces – Karolos [Naxos]
about this cd/dvd The Lily & the Rose – Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman [Hyperion]
about this cd/dvd Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 2 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Howard McGill in Concerto for Stan Getz [Chandos]

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Latest Features

about this feature A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
about this feature Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
about this feature A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
about this feature Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
about this feature Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle

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