Thursday 29 August 2019


Great success for the young conductor Daniel Smith that debuted with Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at Den Norske Opera, in Oslo. The journalist Magnus Andersson (Klassekampen) has written:

“A-Team in Oslo: In the orchestra pit, conductor Daniel Smith does a glorious job. Clearly a specialist in this style, he mastered the rapid throws of the music's powerful rhetoric.”
Monday 5 August 2019


Sibelius, Prokofiev & R. Strauss: Gil Shaham (violin), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Yannick Nézet‐Séguin (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 31.7.2019. (CS)

Sibelius – Symphony No.1 in E minor Op.39 (Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1903)
Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.63 (Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1936)
R. Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier, suite

"Shaham’s performance was characterised by refinement and thoughtfulness, his imaginative reading facilitated by a flawless technique, warm tone, easy projection and detailed engagement with his accompanying partners.  From the first gentle steps of the unaccompanied theme to the final furious flourish of the Finale, the silky eloquence and beauty of Shaham’s interpretation were unwavering."

Monday 5 August 2019

Bach Renewed: Antoine Tamestit

French violist Antoine Tamestit releases not one but two albums of Bach arrangements in 2019: the viola da gamba sonatas and the Goldberg Variations for string trio. He reveals his innovatory and thoughtful approach to these challenging works in conversation with Carlos María Solare

‘Although I play the Cello Suites and the D minor Violin Partita, I find Bach’s Three Viola da Gamba Sonatas BWV1027–9 to be closest to the viola: they cover almost the same register, and even employ the same alto clef,’ says Tamestit, who has been in love with the sound of the viola da gamba since watching Alain Corneau’s film Tous les matins du monde (1991) as a child.

Monday 5 August 2019

Power of two

In early May, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta premiered Akin, a new double concerto written for them by Michel van der Aa.

Saturday 3 August 2019


For the third consecutive season the conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky is at the Verbier Festival to conduct Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. 

Thursday 1 August 2019


On August 30 will be released the new harmonia mundi cd of Antoine Tamestit and Masato Suzuki of J.S. Bach Sonatas. Today live concert on from Verbier Festival at 11.00 am. 

Thursday 1 August 2019


The violinist Gil Shaham replaced at the BBC Proms Lisa Batiashvili, who was forced to give up her concerts due to a slight discomfort, for the concert of last night July 31 and again on sunday August 4 at the Salzburg Festival with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Yannick Nézet‐Séguin. Programme: Sibelius' Symphony n.1, Prokofiev's Violin Concert n.2 and Strauss' Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.