Viviane Hagner in València

Returning to Spain, Viviane Hagner joins the València Orchestra performing Berg’s famous Violin Concerto ‘To the memory of an angel’, under the baton of Alexander Liebreich. She and Alexander last performed the work together with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in February 2021.

Maria Włoszczowska directs the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Maria Włoszczowska directs the Royal Northern Sinfonia in an imaginative programme featuring Strauss’s late masterpiece Metamorphosen, which contrasts with the youthful vitality of Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 as well as exuberant dance suites by Bartok, Brahms and Skalkottas. More here.

Grosvenor celebrates World Piano Day & Prix Caecilia award

To mark World Piano Day, today sees the release of a gem from Benjamin Grosvenor’s archive on Decca Classics – Bach’s Siciliano BWV1031 arr. Kempf. You can download/listen here. This comes hot on the heels of his recent honour as recipient of the Prix Caecilia 2021 award for his Liszt Album which he accepted (inRead more ›

Zlata Chochieva returns to Aarhus

On this year’s World Piano Day, Zlata Chochieva continues her strong relationship with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and returns to play at their Tchaikovsky Festival, which was originally due to take place in 2020 but was cancelled due to the pandemic. The concert on 30th March features Chochieva playing the composer’s famous Piano Concerto No.1Read more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens: Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang in Prague

Karl-Heinz Steffens is at the Prague State Opera on Sunday 20th March conducting the premiere of Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, the mysterious and passionate work that propelled Schreker to fame, in a new production by Timofey Kulyabin. This continues Steffens’ exploration of Musica non Grata, the series he initiated which is dedicated to “unwelcomeRead more ›

Olli Mustonen in London and Milan with Steven Isserlis

Olli Mustonen embarks upon a duo tour with long-time recital partner Steven Isserlis to Barnes Music Festival and St. Luke’s Music Society in London, followed by further recitals at Serate Musicali in Milan and Unione Musicale in Torino, performing Mendelssohn’s Variations Concertantes, Mustonen’s own Cello Sonata, Martinu’s Sonata No. 3, and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No.Read more ›

Moulds steps in to conduct Le Nozze di Figaro in Munich

Last night Christopher Moulds stepped in at short notice to conduct the opening night of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and is now due to conduct the full run with performances on 11th, 15th and 20th March. Shortly after he returns from Munich, Moulds embarks upon the preparation for Handel’sRead more ›

Grosvenor dazzles in his Chicago Symphony debut

Benjamin Grosvenor has performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2 no fewer than four times over the past week with Mo. Paavo Järvi and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to make his triumphant debut with the orchestra: “[In Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Grosvenor] captured the brooding agitation of the opening Maestoso, where he was in sync with theRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn Stravinsky in Rennes

Grant Llewellyn has been busy in preparation for a month-long celebration of Stravinsky conducting his neo-classical masterpiece The Rake’s Progress at the Opéra de Rennes, which premieres today and is followed by a run of performances in Rennes and Nantes. In addition, together with dancers and narrator Jean-Philippe Lafont, he conducts musicians from L’Orchestre NationalRead more ›

Alpesh makes his RFH debut

Congratulations to British conductor Alpesh Chauhan for jumping in for an indisposed Klaus Makela to make his Royal Festival Hall debut on Saturday night with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Given the current atrocities in Ukraine, the evening was made all the more poignant by opening the concert with a rousing performance of the Ukranian NationalRead more ›