With the third 'clue' at the end of the new Cecilia Bartoli Youtube video we are rewarded with a (gorgeous) 90 second clip of “Ogni core può sperar”, an aria from Agostino Steffani's opera Servio … [Read more...] about We’re on a mission… with Cecilia Bartoli. Part 3
Decca continues its cat and mouse game, urging Cecilia Bartoli fans to 'investigate' her latest project, Mission. The new YouTube video with the second 'clue' takes us inside Radio Svizzera Italiana's … [Read more...] about The Bartoli investigation continues with a crime writer and a priest who wrote operas in secret…
Be afraid. Be very afraid... Cecilia Bartoli is set to eradicate evil. No, she's not going out to exorcise the horrors of the crossover, but releasing a new cd called Mission with the Swiss group … [Read more...] about Be afraid. Be very afraid… Cecilia Bartoli’s on a mission: her new album
Decca Records has released a box set of the complete Beethoven symphonies which marks the beginning of the Beethoven Project, an unprecedented series of Beethoven recordings: all of the composer's … [Read more...] about Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra ride America’s classical charts with Beethoven For All
Violinist Maxim Vengerov performs live on BBC Radio 3’s drive time programme In Tune, marking his return to the concert platform as soloist after a four year sabbatical. He will join presenter Sean … [Read more...] about Violinist Maxim Vengerov breaks his four year silence on BBC Radio 3
Barbra Streisand and Columbia Records have announced that Streisand's recording contract with the label has been extended. Beginning with “The Barbra Streisand Album” in 1963 through the most … [Read more...] about Barbra Streisand’s 50 years with Columbia Records continues with 12 DVD set
BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast the first performance of a recently discovered ‘unknown’ Brahms piano work on Saturday, January 21 at 12:15 in Music Matters presented by Tom Service. Albumblatt, the … [Read more...] about Unknown Brahms piano work to be unveiled by the BBC in a performance by András Schiff
A little over twenty years ago, I was talking to Anthony Hopkins' then wife about her hopes for a new film which would show her actor husband in a very different light. We'd seen him with Mel Gibson … [Read more...] about “Anthony Hopkins – Composer” shows the actor flexing his musical muscles
The reconstructed ballet Raymonda, that debuted earlier this month at Milan's La Scala, will be broadcast this evening at 21.30 on Rai5 in a delayed broadcast. Whether the hour and a half difference … [Read more...] about Olesia Novikova and Friedemann Vogel in Raymonda from La Scala… Live (-ish)
In two weeks' time EMI will launch a new CD by Angela Gheorghiu: "Homage To Maria Callas - Favourite Opera Arias" In 2007 the soprano made her début at Milan's La Scala. Her first steps onto the … [Read more...] about Angela Gheorghiu risks the ire of Callas fans again with her new CD
These two ballets by John Cranko are early examples of the choreographer's theatrical ingenuity. Created for the then Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, (later Royal Ballet), Pineapple Poll is a light … [Read more...] about John Cranko’s The Lady and the Fool & Pineapple Poll out on DVD
The Voice probably will keep The Streak — having a No. 1 album in every decade since the 1960s — intact with her latest outing. The fan base of the legend, 69, remains large and loyal. says USA … [Read more...] about “What Matters Most” – first reviews in for Streisand’s latest album
Gramophone's shortlists are out for this year's awards. No real surprises, but then those Gramophone people have great taste! Here's a sample: Opera: Die Zauberflöte - René Jacobs; Akademie für … [Read more...] about Gramophone Magazine’s Classical Music Awards 2011 – shortlists
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra of the UK, under the baton of maestro José Serebrier, recently recorded for Naxos Giuseppe Verdi’s complete ballet music from the Italian … [Read more...] about Naxos record the complete Verdi ballet scores
Walking into a serious audio store these days is like entering a time machine. All the talk is about room-filling high-fidelity sound. The gear is new, but the conversations are much like those your … [Read more...] about Hi-fi sound? Most people hear music with cheap ear buds, tiny laptop speakers and compact sound files
Chopin’s waltzes: some swirl and glitter, others glide pensively; still others do both. But every one (and Hough gives us the complete set) conveys the feeling of bodies in motion, skirts twirling, … [Read more...] about Stephen Hough’s new cd Chopin Waltzes: You don’t just hear Hough’s fingers; you hear his soul.
An Echo Award, Germany's top classical music prize, has been awarded to Decca's release of Halévy's little known opera Clari . It was named "Opera DVD of the Year". The DVD is a recording of the … [Read more...] about Cecilia Bartoli’s “Clari” wins Opera DVD of the Year in Germany
Barbra Streisand's last album, “Love Is the Answer”, was her ninth #1 hit, making her the only artist to have a number 1 album in five different decades. With her latest album, “What Matters Most – … [Read more...] about With “What Matters Most” will Barbra Streisand make history with a #1 album in six different decades?
If only the virtues of the quieter de Niese weren’t outweighed by the drawbacks of de Niese at full throttle. The brighter the voice’s dazzle, the fuzzier the words become, as in Handel’s Let the … [Read more...] about Danielle de Niese’s new CD: Beauty of the Baroque
This is my favourite horrible ballet album cover - truly wonderful! I'm searching for others; any suggestions welcome. Most ballet music discs are, lets face it, kitsch. Wooden nutcrackers, … [Read more...] about The worst cover for a ballet music album ever?