Email Artswrap on Twitter Artswrap on Facebook

Classical & Opera

Bees and Bells at the Proms

Rachmaninov's The Bells proved the highlight of Prom 43, with fabulous soloists and huge choral forces who stole the show in the third movement.

Prom 46 : la fiesta du West-Eastern Divan Orchestra sous la baguette bienveillante de Daniel Barenboim

Devant un public euphorique, le West-Eastern Divan Orchestra a célébré la musique hispanisante dans un concert festoyant, sous la baguette bienveillante de Daniel Barenboim.

Prom 41: Aurora O/Collon review an original and compelling score

Royal Albert Hall, LondonBenedict Mason's Meld was convincingly done, with choir and orchestra both making the most of the Albert Hall's acousticsThe most eagerly anticipated of the premieres in this year's Proms was also the most mysterious. Benedict Mas

Prom 40: LSO/Haitink review Mahler with poise and intensity

Bernard Haitink found fascinating detail in Mahler's Fourth Symphony, while Schubert's Fifth seemed almost effortlessBernard Haitink is not only celebrating his 85th birthday this year, but also the 60th anniversary of his debut as a conductor. Through mu

Prom 39: BBC Scottish SO/Stenz review easy-going virtuosity from Biss

Royal Albert Hall, LondonBernard Rands's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra seemed perfectly tailored to Jonathan Biss's pianism amid a curious programme of Mozart, Rameau and Richard StraussThough he was born in Sheffield and went to Bangor University befo

BBC Proms 2014: Benedict Mason premiere, review: 'breathtaking'

A radical new work turfed the Promenaders out of their usual spot

A sundry yet successful 250-year selection at Prom 39

Prom 39 at the Royal Albert Hall presented a highly unique programme spanning 250 years of classical music, with Rameau, Rands, Mozart and Strauss who all celebrate a milestone this year.

Enough war to last several lifetimes at the Edinburgh festival 2014

Review: Hespèrion XXI, The Sixteen, Collegium Vocale Gent, Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne at the Usher HallFrom the plains of Troy to the fields of Flanders, war is the theme of this year's Edinburgh international festi

Benedict Mason's Meld: the weirdest ever Prom?

Benedict Mason is likely to confuse us all again at the Proms

Prom 36: BBCSO/Oramo review William Alwyn's First Symphony fails to convince

Royal Albert Hall, LondonSakari Oramo and the BBCSO did their best, but there is a reason why Alwyn's First bombed on its 1950 premiere Blog: Tom Service on Alwyn's First SymphonyThe centrepiece of Sakari Oramo's second Prom with the BBC Symphony Orchestr