Kirill Karabits conducts the LSO in mixed performances at the Barbican

Dedicated to the memory of Bernard Haitink, this Barbican concert with the London Symphony Orchestra could have been stymied by cancellations of conductor and soloist.  But Ukrainian-born Kirill Karabits (more…

Arvo Pärt: Passio

Given the cult following Arvo Pärt has attracted over the last thirty years, it is interesting to note how seldom the chaste landscape of Passio – with its relatively modest…

Cinquecento – a class act in the sacred music of Jacob Regnart: Missa Christ ist erstanden

Thanks to two recordings by the Vienna-based Cinquecento issued on Hyperion, the name of Jacob Regnart (c.1540-99) has become more familiar.  On this showing the Flemish-born composer will continue to…

Virtuosic performances by Tenebrae at the Wigmore Hall

Tenebrae has clearly reached that point in its timeline when it could build a roster of virtually unknown pieces and still attract an audience, safe in the knowledge that its…

The Tree: themed tribute disc from the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge

This celebrated choir occupies the lion’s share of an album shared with Yale Schola Cantorum and former members and friends of the college.  It comprises live performances drawn from chapel…

Stylish performances in Handel’s The Choice of Hercules and Dettingen Te Deum

This disc of concert recordings made during the 2018 Göttingen International Handel Festival comprises a pair of late choral works from the German-born composer.  One secular, the other sacred, each…

In the Bleak Midwinter: Christmas Carols from King’s

For those who like a physical recording of a world-renowned Christmas broadcast, this recent disc from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will provide a timely reminder of exceptional circumstances.…

Passion: operatic mix ‘n’ match from Véronique Gens

Passion is an imaginary opera built around the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, and three of his pupils and contemporaries.  It’s the result of discussions between Baroque specialist Véronique Gens and…

Lucy Crowe & Anna Tilbrook venture into new musical territory

Emotionally charged songs by Richard Strauss interleaved with youthful offerings by Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg form the basis for Lucy Crowe’s first disc with Linn under the title Longing.…

Philip Glass’s Satyagraha still captivates at English National Opera

After an eighteen-month absence, at least at the Coliseum, English National Opera is back on home turf and marking its return to live performance with a reboot of Philip Glass’s…