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Musica Sacra International Marktoberdorf, Bavaria May 2004 (PGW)


WNO's Music Director Withdraws From 'La Traviata' (BK)

A Triumphant Past And Spectacular Future: WNO’s Plans for 2004/5 (BK)

Brahms, ‘Liebesliederwalzer’ - Master class presented by Matthias Goerne, with Alexander Schmalcz: Emilie Pictet (soprano) Stefanie Irányi (mezzo soprano) Colin Balzer (tenor) Tyler Duncan (Baritone) Christian Chamorel, Volker Hiemeyer, piano. Wigmore Hall, May 4th 2004 (ME)




A Weekend of English Song : An Overview. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 3rd to 6th June, 2004 (AO)
          Quilter, Ireland, Britten, Bridge, Warlock, Vaughan Williams, Dring, Walton. Felicity Lott, (soprano), Iain Burnside (piano) The Parish Church, Ludlow, 4th June, 2004 (AO)
          "Songs from the Exotic", Weir, Flanders and Swann, Bennett, Woodforde-Finden, Holst, Browne, Tippett, Coward, Philips, Berkeley, Jack, Stevenson, Muldowney. Susan Bickley (mezzo), Roderick Williams (baritone), James Gilchrist (tenor), Iain Burnside (piano) The Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 5th June, 2004 (AO)
          "Shropshire Lads". Ireland, Burrows, Bax, Bussey, Moeran, Butterworth, Somerville, Orr, Vaughan Williams. James Gilchrist (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Tippett String Quartet, Iain Burnside (piano) The Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 5th June, 2004 (AO)
          "A song outlasts a dynasty", Vaughan Williams, Williamson, Stanford, Roe, Wood, Berners, Stevenson, Runswick, Berkeley, Butterworth, Goossens, Scott, Maxwell Davies, Kit and the Widow.
          "Before and after summer", Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Clarke, Ireland. Brett Polegato (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano) The Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 6th June, 2004 (AO)

The New Broadway, Soloists, Ricky Ian Gordon, Piano, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, Music Director and Conductor, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, June 13, 2004 (BH)

Salonen, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Yefim Bronfman, piano, James Wilt, trumpet, Jamie Chamberlin, soprano, Hila Plitmann, soprano, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, June 11, 2004 (BH)

Mendelssohn: Lauda Sion, Op. 73 (1846), Wagner: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, Biblical Scene, WWV 69 (1843), Liszt: Missa solemnis (1856), Soloists, American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, June 6, 2004 (BH)

Bach, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (orchestration by Andrew Davis), Cantata No. 82; Dvorak, Symphony No. 7, San Francisco Symphony, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; David Daniels, countertenor. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, June 4, 2004 (HS)

Janácek, Kurtág, Schumann, Kroll-Rosenbaum, Bresnick, Brahms, André Emelianoff, Cello, Thomas Hoppe, Piano, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, June 1, 2004 (BH)

Stravinsky, Ravel, Ives, Leon Fleisher, Piano, New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel, Conductor, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, May 29, 2004 (BH)

Berg: Violin Concerto (1935) & Mahler Symphony No. 9 (1909), Christian Tetzlaff, Violin, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Artistic Director and Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, May 23, 2004 (BH)

Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Dussek Piano Concerto in G minor, Reicha Overture in D major. San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano. Davies Symphony Hall, May 21, 2004 (HS)

R.W. Emerson Bicentennial Festival, Hosted by John Hollander, New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City, May 13th , 2004 (BH)

Ives’ Concord Sonata played by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Zankel Hall, New York City, May 17, 2004 (BH)

The New Piano: Played by Hand, Lisa Moore, piano, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, May 9, 2004 (BH)

Andriessen: Dubbelspoor (1986), Andriessen: Workers Union (1975), Riley: In C (1964), Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alice Tully Hall, New York City, May 8, 2004 (BH)

Prokofiev Symphonies with Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Barbican Hall, May 1st-6th, 2004 (CC)

Honegger, Mozart, & Strauss, Tonhalle Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, May 2, 2004 (BJ)

Knussen, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Christine Brewer, Soprano, Brett Polegato, Baritone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, May 1, 2004 (BH)

CREDO – the Innocence of God, Karlsruhe Opera House, Germany, 30th April 2004 (SM)

Da Capo Chamber Players, The Knitting Factory, New York City, April 25, 2004 (BH)

VocalEssence, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 18, 2004 (BH)


OPERA (UK and International),

Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Soloists and Orchestra of English National Opera, Paul Daniel (cond). London Coliseum, Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 (CC)

Richard Strauss ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, dir. Sir Colin Davis, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, June 22nd 2004. (M.E.)

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Soloists, Choruses and Orchestra of Zürich Opera/Franz Welser-Möst. RFH, Monday, June 21st, 2004 (CC)

Verdi, Ernani Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera/Mark Shanahan. London Coliseum, Friday, June 11th, 2004 (CC)

Janacek, Katya Kabanova, (revival première) Welsh National Opera, Cardiff June 5th (BK)

Beethoven, Fidelio (concert performance), Soloists, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, May 29, 2004 (HS)

Richard Strauss, ‘Arabella’ Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, cond. Christoph von Dohnanyi, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, May 27th 2004 (ME)

Wagner, The Valkyrie Soloists and Orchestra of English National Opera/Alex Ingram. Coliseum, London, Wednesday, May 26th, 2003 (CC)

Bizet, Carmen, Soloists, ENO, Coliseum, 21st May 2004 (MB)

Opera in Philadelphia–a season round-up reviewed by Bernard Jacobson

Verdi, ‘La Traviata Welsh National Opera, Cardiff 15th May 2004 (new production première) (BK)

Bernstein, Candide A Comic Operetta in Two Acts, Soloists, New York Philharmonic, Marin Alsop (cond.), 7th May 2004, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City (BH)

Wagner, The Valkyrie (new production), Soloists, ENO, Paul Daniel (cond.), 8th May 2004 (MB)

The Mikado Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera/Gareth Jones. London Coliseum, Friday April 30th, 2004 (CC)

S. Prokofiev, Ognenniy Angel ("The Fiery Angel"), The Bol’shoi Theatre, Moscow, 24th April 2004 (NM)

Jazz, Dance,Esoterica and Alternative



Brahms, Symphonies Nos 3 and 4, London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Barbican, 16th June 2004 (AN)

Philip Glass, Orion (UK Premiere), International Soloists, Philip Glass Ensemble; Barbican Hall, 14th June 2004 (AR)

Suk, Smetana, Janáček Janáček Quartet. Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, June 14th, 2004 (CC)

Handel, ‘Acis and Galatea’, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music. Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, dir. Nicholas Cleobury; Sophie Daneman, Paul Agnew, James Gilchrist, Alan Ewing: English Voices. St. John’s Smith Square, June 12th 2004 (ME)

Brahms, Beethoven Hélène Grimaud (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra/Hugh Wolff. RFH, Thursday, June 10th, 2004 (CC)

Stravinsky, Beethoven, Prokofiev; Lang Lang (pf), London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski (conductor); RFH, 9th June, 2004 (AR)

"War & Innocence" – Bartók, Finzi, Vaughan-Williams, Patterson, Ravel, Korth, Britten: Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe), Julian Milford (Piano) & James Gilchrist (Tenor), Wigmore Hall, 8th June 2004 (H-T W)

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No.8, Soloists & Choruses, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 8th June 2004 (PB)

Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sarasate, Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and The Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Wigmore Hall, Sunday 6 June 2004, 7pm (AN)

Prokofiev, Romeo & Juliet (complete), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, RFH, 6th June 2004 (MB)

Takemitsu, Bartók, Tchaikovsky Saito Kinen Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa, RFH, May 28th, 2004 (CC)

Dmitri Smirnov & Gustav Mahler soloists, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Sir Andrew Davis (conductor); Barbican Centre, 26th May, 2004 (AR)

Bach, Goldberg Variations Joanna MacGregor (piano), Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday May 24th, 2004 (CC)

Philadelphians II: Brahms & Shostakovich Gil Shaham (vln), Philadelphia Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach, Barbican, 22nd May, 2004 (MB)

Philadelphians I: Schoenberg & Mahler Philadelphia Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach, Barbican, 21st May, 2004 (CC)

Elgar, Finzi, Holst, Indian Dance; Soloists, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Halsey, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 18th May, 2004, (CT)

Janacek, Smetana, Suk, Ivan Moravec (piano), LSO St Luke’s, Old Street EC1, 13th May 2004 (MB)

Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Mahler: Matthias Goerne, Alexander Schmalcz, Wigmore Hall, 8th May 2004 (ME)

Mozart & Shostakovich; Emanuel Ax (pf); BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin (con); Barbican; 12th May 2004 (AR)

Bartók, Beethoven Takács Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, May 10th, 2004 (CC)

Smetana, Rodrigo, Holst, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Bonell (guitar), Libor Pešek (cond), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 7th May, 2004 (CT)

Ysaÿe, McCabe, Bartók, S. Harrison, Rawsthorne Peter Sheppard Skærved, Philippa Mo (violins), Leighton House, Friday, May 7th, 2004 (CC)

Strauss & Mahler; Christine Schafer (sop); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Daniele Gatti (con); RFH; 5th May, 2004 (AR)

Gustav Mahler Symphony Number 2 (Resurrection); Ruth Ziesak (sop), Charlotte Hellekant (mez sop); Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir; Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor); RFH, 29th April 2004, (AR)

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No.9 in D major, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink, Barbican, 28th April 2004 (MB)

Haydn, Ravel, Say, Stravinsky Fazil Say (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday, April 29th, 2004 (CC)

Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ravel, Debussy; Nelson Goerner (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra; Emmanuel Krivine (conductor); RFH, 28th April, 2004, AR

Beethoven & Tchaikovsky, Julian Rachlin (violin), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt, Royal Festival Hall, Sunday 25 April 2004 (AN)

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