Bach’s B Minor Mass: VOCES8 and the AAM on Easter Sunday

In 1818, the Swiss musician, writer and publisher Hans Georg Nägeli (1773–1836) issued a public advertisement announcing an ambitious publishing project, which would make a new Mass, that he had…

VOCES8 and the English Chamber Orchestra join forces on Good Friday to perform Bach and Fauré

For their Good Friday Live from London performance, VOCES8 joined forces with members of the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall.  Barnaby Smith had moved from his countertenor’s perch to…

A new recording of Buxtehude and Schütz from Ensemble Correspondances

More often associated with the French Baroque, Ensemble Correspondances shifts its gaze to 17th-century German music to focus on contrasting Passion settings by Dietrich Buxtehude and Heinrich Schütz.  Through its…

Royal Opera House confirms Antonio Pappano as Music Director until 2023/24 Season

he Royal Opera House today confirms that Sir Antonio Pappano will continue as Music Director of The Royal Opera until the end of the 2023/24 ROH Season. Tony will join…

Lyric soprano Sandrine Piau takes flight in late-Romantic repertoire

The premise for this new issue from Alpha is supposedly the tension between light and dark, suggested in the French term ‘clair-obscur’, and explored through orchestral songs inclined towards a…

ROH’s live-streamed double bill – The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel

Booking is now open for the Royal Opera House’s first live broadcast of 2021 – Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel. Produced by the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, the double bill will be streamed live from the Main…

Three Engaging New Song Cycles, Sung to Perfection on an Award-Winning CD by Soprano Deborah Sternberg

The general level of musical performance nowadays has risen around the world. Well-tuned orchestras pop up everywhere, and highly capable fiddlers, keyboard-ticklers, and singers (I’m tempted to write, in the…

Fatma Said and Joseph Middleton open Leeds Lieder’s spring festival with ravishing Ravel

“Asie, Asie, Asie.  Vieux pays merveilleux des contes …”  At the start of Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Tristan Klingsor’s Arabian princess proffers a languorous introduction to that ‘old marvellous land of tales’, and…

Venice Music Biennale announces award of Golden Lion to composer Kaija Saariaho and Silver Lion to Neue Vocalsolisten

This year’s Venice Music Biennale is composer Lucia Ronchetti’s first as Artistic Director and as part ofthe activities planned for the Biennale, Ronchetti has chosen composer Kaija Saariaho to be…

A charming L’heure espagnole from Grange Park Opera

Grange Park Opera’s latest online production is a horophile’s fantasy fulfilled.  For one hour, Toledo is transported to Kensington Church Street where, amid the grandfather, cuckoo, mantel, hook-and-spike and lantern…