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May-August 2003

Articles, Interviews and Editorials

A Look Back at Donaueschingen, 2002 by John Warnaby

Floof! A celebration of new music (CT) CBSO Centre, Birmingham, Saturday 31st May


Salzburg Festival 2003

Salzburg Festival 2003: Mozart Mass in C Minor: Soloists, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Choir of Clare College, dir. Ivor Bolton. 19th August 2003 (ME)

Salzburg Festival 2003: Mozart ‘Don Giovanni’ Vienna Philharmonic dir. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thursday August 21st 2003 (ME)

Salzburg Festival 2003: Hans Werner Henze, ‘L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe’ Vienna Philharmonic, dir. Markus Stenz, Salzburg, August 20th 2003 (ME)

The Aspen Festival

Aspen Festival 2003: Final Concerts, Berlioz Requiem, A Bassoon Premiere and a Flute Concerto, Aspen, Colorado, August 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: Bach: Goldberg Variations, Vladimir Feltsman, piano. Aspen Music Festival, Harris Hall, Aspen, Colorado, August 16, 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: Berlioz and Beethoven to the Fore, Aspen Festival, 10th August 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: Modern and More Modern, Aspen, 6th August 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: opera in Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy, plus concerts from Chang and Zinman, 3rd August 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: Wagner’s ‘Ring: An Orchestral Adventure’ and recitals by Christopher Taylor & the International Sejong Soloists, Aspen, 27th July 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: Joshua Bell, Emerson Quartet, Jamie Laredo, Midori, 26th July, 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: PUCCINI: TOSCA, Aspen Festival Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor. Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, Colorado, USA, 19th July 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: David Finckel and Wu Han in Recital, July 16th 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: Gil Shaham and friends, 12th – 14th July 2003 (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003: 7-11 chinese music (HS)

Aspen Festival 2003 – the first weekend, Aspen, Colorado (HS)

An introduction to the Aspen Music Festival by Harvey Steiman

Lincoln Center Festival 2003

Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, The Kirov Opera of the Mariinsky Theatre. Metropolitan Opera House, New York, July 26th, 2003 (BH)

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia, Kirov Opera of the Mariinsky Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera House, New York, July 17, 2003 (BH)

Salvatore Sciarrino: Chamber Music, New Juilliard Ensemble, Paul Hall, The Juilliard School, 15th July, 2003  (BH)

Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko, The Kirov Opera of the Mariinsky Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, New York, 12th July, 2003 (BH)

Salvatore Sciarrino, Macbeth (U.S. Premiere), Oper Franfurt, Ensemble Modern, John Jay College Theater, New York, NY, July 9, 2003 (BH)

CHELTENHAM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC Recital: Mendelssohn, Ridout, Poulenc, Berkeley, Hahn - John Mark Ainsley, Roger Vignoles, Pittville Pump Room, Sunday July 13th (ME)

Leamington Festival: Bingham, Staud, Fox, Benjamin, Adès, Schoenberg, Chamber Domaine, Helen Meyerhoff (soprano) Thomas Kemp (violin) Jonathan Morton (viola) Adrian Bradbury (cello) Stephen De Pledge (piano), Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, 11th May (CT)

Mahler: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand", Soloists, Choirs, Minnesota Orchestra, James Conlon, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, 7th May 2003 (BH)

Adams, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Hilary Hahn, violin; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. Davis Symphony Hall, San Francisco, May 4, 2003 (HS)

Sven-David Sandström: High Mass (1993-94), Soloists, World Voices, VocalEssence Chorus & Orchestra, Philip Brunelle, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, 3rd May 2003 (BH)

Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Orchestre National de France, Théâtre des Champs Elysèes, April 26, 2003 (FC)

Strauss, Songs & Mahler, Symphony No.9, Barbara Bonney (sop), San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, April 25, 2003 (HS)



OPERA (UK and International),

A Streetcar Named Desire, LSO, Andre Previn (con), Barbican, 27th June 2003 (G & A D)

Handel ‘Semele’, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 28th June 2003. (M.E.)

Mozart ‘Die Zauberflöte’ Royal College of Music, Saturday June 21st 2003 (ME)

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, San Francisco Opera, June 17, 2003, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco (HS)

Wagner: Der Fliegender Hollander, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jane Eaglen, soprano; Jill Grove, mezzo soprano; Mark Baker, tenor; Mark Delavan, bass baritone; Stephen Milling, bass. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, June 13, 2003 (HS)

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (performed in French), The Helikon Opera, Moscow, 8th June 2003 (NM)

Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Kirov Opera/Valery Gergiev. RFH, Wednesday, May 21st, 2003 (CC)

Poul Ruders, The Handmaid’s Tale (North American Premiere), Minnesota Opera, 10th May 2003 (BH)

Berlioz, The Trojans, Part II: The Trojans at Carthage, English National Opera, Coliseum, London, 8th May 2003 (MA)

Handel, ‘Alcina,’English National Opera, London Coliseum, Saturday April 26th 2003 (ME)

Szymanowski, King Roger, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Paris, April 25, 2003 (FC)



Jazz, Dance,Esoterica and Alternative



PROM 50: Wagner, Berg, Brahms; Christine Brewer (sop), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (con), Royal Albert Hall, 27th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 49: Mahler, Symphony No.6, European Union Youth Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor); Royal Albert Hall, 26th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 48:Berlioz, ‘The Trojans’ Part II, soloists, LSO Chorus, LSO, Sir Colin Davis, Royal Albert Hall Sunday 25th August 2003. (ME)

PROM 47: Berlioz, The Trojans: Part I, soloists, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, RAH, 3.00pm, 25th August 2003 (MB)

PROM 46: Handel, ‘Saul’ Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh, RAH, 24th August 2003 (ME)

PROM 45: Musorgsky, orch. Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich. Prokofiev, Christian Tetzlaff (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 23rd August, 2002 (AR)

PROM 44: Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven Askar, Wosner, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim (piano/director). RAH, Friday, August 22nd, 2003 (CC)

PROM 43: Ravel, Kancheli, Berlioz; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev  (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 21st August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 42 Beethoven, Berlioz, Prokofiev Olga Borodina (mezzo); Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, RAH, Wednesday, August 20th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 41: Dukas, Chen Yi, Ravel, Evelyn Glennie (percussion), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier, RAH, 19th August 2003 (MB)

PROM 40: Carl Nielsen, Kalevi Aho, Jean Sibelius; Christian Lindberg (trombone), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 18th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 39: Berlioz, ‘Benvenuto Cellini’ (Weimar version), Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, MDR Radio Choir Leipzig, cond. Sir Roger Norrington, RAH, Sunday 17th August 2003. (ME)

PROM 37: Mozart, Brahms Miah Persson (soprano); Peter Mattei (baritone); Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir; Swedish Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck, Royal Albert Hall, Friday, August 15th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 35: Chopin arr. Stravinsky, Knussen, Carter, Stravinsky; Pinchas Zukerman (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Knussen (con) Royal Albert Hall, 14th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 31: R Strauss; Mahler; Prokofiev; Ekaterina Gubanova, (mezzo); Detlef Roth, (baritone); London Philharmonic Choir; Crouch End Festival Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Daniele Gatti, Royal Albert Hall, 11th August 2003 (AR)

Prom 29: Messiaen, Berlioz, Prokofiev, Lawrence Power (viola), National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Royal Albert Hall, 9th August 2003 (CT)

PROM 26: Weir, Schumann, Shostakovich; Heinrich Schiff (cello); BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov. Royal Albert Hall, August 7th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 24: Richard Strauss; Dame Anne Evans, Rebecca Evans, Katarina Karnéus; Choristers of King's College, Cambridge; BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras/Stephen Cleobury conductors, Royal Albert Hall, 5th August 2003 (AR)

Prom Preview: HK Gruber on ‘Dancing in the Dark’ (MH)

PROM 15, Richard Strauss, Elektra, Soloists, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles, RAH, 29th July 2003 (MB)

PROM 13: Haydn, Bartók, Copland, John Adams; Hélène Grimaud (pf), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Southend Girl’s Choir, Southend Boy’s Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, John Adams (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 27th July 2003 (AR)

PROM 12: Berlioz, Elgar, Colin Matthews, Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder, Alice Coote (ME) RAH, 26th July 2003 (ME)

PROM 10: Joe Duddell Première, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Colin Currie (percussion), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, RAH, 25th July 2003 (MB)

Prom Preview: Joe Duddell on ‘Ruby’ (MH)

PROM 9: James MacMillan Première, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Albert Hall, 24thJuly, 2003 (MB)

PROM 4: Beethoven, Brahms, Rakhmaninov; Stephen Hough (pf); Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer (con), Royal Albert Hall, 21st July 2003 (AR)

PCM 1: Ligeti, Debussy, Britten, Farkas, Galliard Ensemble, Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Musuem, 21st July 2003 (MB)

PROM 3: Tippett, King Priam, soloists, BBC Singers, BBC national Orchestra of Wales, David Atherton, RAH, 20th July 2003 (MB)

PROM 2:‘The Nation’s Favourite Prom’ Royal Albert Hall, Saturday July 19th (ME)

PROM 1: Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Lang Lang (pf), Irina Tchistyakova (mezzo sop), James Rutherford (bass), Simon Russell Beale (narrator), BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus of Wales; Leonard Slatkin (con), Royal Albert Hall, 18th July, 2003 (AR)


Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, Chopin Peter Katin (piano), Wigmore Hall, July 16th, 2003 (CC)

John Humphreys and Allan Schiller, piano duet and two pianos, Wigmore Hall, 13th July 2003, (MA)

Beethoven, Schubert Imogen Cooper (piano), Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, July 14th, 2003 (CC)

Bach, Prokofiev, Beethoven Daishin Kashimoto (violin); Konstantin Lifschitz (piano). Wigmore Hall, Wednesday, July 9th, 2003 (CC)

Sibelius, Benjamin, Debussy; London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano, Barbican Centre, 9th July, 2003 (AR)

Zivkovic, Tanaka, Pugnani, Stevens, Sierra, Abe, Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Philip Smith (pf), Wigmore Hall, 7th July 2003 (MB)

Liszt, Dohnányi, Rachmaninov; István Várdai (cello), National Musicians Symphony Orchestra, James Blair (conductor), St. John’s Smith Square, 7th July 2003 (AR).

Pianists at Wigmore Hall, Nelson Goerner and Marc-André Hamelin (pfs), Wigmore Hall, June 2003 (MB)

Stravinsky, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninov, Simon Trpceski (pf), Philharmonia Orchestra, Alexander Lazarev, RFH, 26th June 2003 (MB)

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov, Daniil Shtoda (tenor), Larissa Gergieva (piano), Wigmore Hall, 19th June 2003 (MB)

Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, András Schiff (pf/con), Philharmonia Orchestra, RFH, 19th June 2003 (AR)

Rachmaninov, Trad. American and Ives, Stephen Hough (pf), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo and Paul Hoskins, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 18th June 2003 (CT)

Debussy, Schubert, Messiaen Steven Osborne, Paul Lewis, Martin Roscoe (pianos). Wigmore Hall, Tuesday, June 17th, 2003 (CC).

Haydn, Smetana, Mozart Prazák Quartet, Wigmore Hall, Sunday, June 15th, 2003 (CC)

Anderson, Mozart, Prokofiev Maria João Pires (piano), Marianna Tarasova (mezzo); LPC, LPO/Vladimir Jurowski, RFH, June 12th, 2003 (CC)

Handel, ‘Oratorio per la Resurrezione di Nostre Signor Gesù’ The English Concert, dir. Trevor Pinnock, St. John’s Smith Square, Saturday 7th June 2003 (ME)

Chopin, Debussy Maurizio Pollini (piano). RFH, June 5th, 2003 (CC)

Ives, Benjamin, Ravel; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; David Zinman (con); Barbican Centre: 5th June, 2003 (AR)

Castello, Marini, Tartini (arr. Zandonai), Vivaldi, Anne-Sophie Mutter (vln/director), London Philharmonic Orchestra, RFH, 4th June 2003 (MB)

Gatti Beethoven Cycle; Freddy Kempf (pf), Amanda Roocroft (soprano), Jean Rigby (mezzo), Stephen O’Mara (tenor) Alastair Miles (bass), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Daniele Gatti; RFH:1st & 3rd June, 2003 (AR)

Debussy, Prokofiev, Brahms Elisabeth Batiashvili (violin); Steven Osborne (piano). Wigmore Hall, June 4th, 2003 (CC)

Wagner, Brahms, Sibelius; François-Frédéric Guy (pf), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Berglund, RFH, 31st May, 2003 (AR)

Schuman, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky; Boris Berezovsky(pf), Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton, 30th May 2003, RFH (AR).

Schubert, Beethoven, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Franz Bruggen, 27th May 2003, Barbican Centre (AR).

Haitink’s Brahms Series, Gordan Nikolitch (violin), Tim Hugh (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Barbican Hall, 19th & 21st May, 2003, Barbican Centre (AR)

Haydn, Beethoven, Pieter Wispelwey (cello), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Marc Minkowski, QEH, 20th May 2003 (AR)

Corigliano, Glazunov, Prokofiev Vadim Repim (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin. Barbican Hall, Tuesday May 20th, 2003 (CC)

Schumann, Haydn, Schubert, Tan Dun, Chopin, Liszt Lang Lang (piano), Wigmore Hall, May 19th, 2003 (CC).

Dvorak, Tchaikovsky & Brahms; Nikolai Lugansky (pf) Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras, RFH, 17th May 2003, (AR)

Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Ives, Rorem, Poulenc, Walton. Emma Bell, Andrew West, Jane Peters, Wigmore Hall, 17th May 2003 (ME)

Mozart, Schwertsik, Piazzolla, Smetana Alban Berg Quartet, Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon). QEH, May 15th, 2003 (CC)

Bach, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Veracini; Angelika Kirchschlager, Venice Baroque Orchestra, dir. Andrea Marcon. Barbican Hall, May 14th 2003. (ME)

Janacek, Bruch, Elgar; Sarah Chang (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras, RFH, 15th May 2003 (AR)

Gatti Beethoven Cycle: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Freddy Kempt (pf), Daniele Gatti, RFH, 13th May 2003 (AR)

Berlioz, Chopin, Tchaikovsky Mikhael Pletnev (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Alexander Lazarev, 11th May, RFH (AR)

Director’s Festival Gala Concert, Wigmore Hall, Saturday May 10th 2003 (ME)

San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas; Hilary Hahn (violin); Barbara Bonney (soprano). Barbican Hall, May 9th-10th, 2003 (CC)

LPO Film Concert, Philip Fowke (pf), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dirk Brossé, RFH, 9th May 2003 (MB)

James Dillon, The Book of Elements (first complete performance of all five volumes), Ian Pace (piano), The Warehouse, London, 8th May 2003 (JM)

Takemitsu, Mahler Norbert Blume (viola); BBC Symphony Orchestra/Kazushi Ono. Barbican Hall, May 6th, 2003 (CC)

Bruckner, Symphony No.5 in B flat, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink, RFH 5th May 2003 (MB)

Gatti Beethoven Cycle, Freddy Kempf (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniele Gatti, 4th May, 2003 RFH (AR)

BY GEORGE! Stravinsky, Benjamin, Berlioz William Dazeley (baritone); London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis, Barbican Hall, May 4th, 2003 (CC)


Pavao & Artea String Quartets, Milhaud, Williams, Mendelssohn, Purcell Room, 13th May 2003 (PGW in Musical Pointers)

Lennox Berkeley Centenary Concert , St Giles Cripplegate, 12th May 2003 (PGW in Musical Pointers)


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