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The heat-wave that has scorched the end of June seems set to do similarly for the early days of July, creating a summer-slumber chance to Dream with Stephen Hough and to enjoy the lighter side of Elgar’s output thanks to David Lloyd-Jones. Grander fare comes from Barry Douglas’s ongoing survey of Schubert’s Piano Sonatas, his D958 has many magnetic musical values, and although I planned to restrict myself to the proverbial three releases for this my June ‘choice’ I also can’t resist a disc of chamber music by Ernö Dohnányi.

Colin Anderson
The Classical Source
July 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 8: BBCNOW/Thomas Søndergård – Lili Boulanger, Morfydd Owen, Schumann 4 – Bertrand Chamayou plays Mendelssohn
about this prom Prom 7: Jacob Collier and Friends
about this prom Prom 6: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Gershwin’s An American in Paris & Messiaen’s Turangalîla
about this prom Prom 5: Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Stefan Herheim’s production of Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande – John Chest, Christina Gansch, Christopher Purves; London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Robin Ticciati
about this prom Prom 4: BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena – Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – Mark Simpson plays Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto

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Latest Concert & Opera Reviews

about this concert Blackheath Community Opera – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
about this concert Bampton Classical Opera – Isouard’s Cendrillon
about this concert Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – La Fura dels Baus’s production of Haydn’s The Creation; directed by Carlus Padrissa; conducted by Laurence Equilbey
about this concert Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 – Handel’s Saul – Markus Brück, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Karina Gauvin; directed by Barrie Kosky; conducted by Laurence Cummings
about this concert Gabriela Montero at Wigmore Hall – K330, Waldstein Sonata, Kreisleriana

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Latest CD & DVD Reviews

about this cd/dvd Handel’s finest arias for base voice ii – Christopher Purves with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
about this cd/dvd Handel’s Acis and Galatea – Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn with Allan Clayton & Lucy Crowe [Chandos Chaconne]
about this cd/dvd Grace Davidson sings Handel & Vivaldi [Academy of Ancient Music & Joseph Crouch; Signum Classics]
about this cd/dvd Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Haydn Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 [Chandos]
about this cd/dvd Peter Oundjian conducts Vaughan Williams [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]

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Latest Features

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
about this feature How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
about this feature Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]

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