Classical Music News – 21st September

Wednesday 21st September 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

The Times

St Matthew Passion at the Olivier, London SE1

Expect shreds and patches in Jonathan Miller’s dramatised Passion; but also expect to be seriously moved, says Geoff Brown.


Alisa Weilerstein named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow

The cellist, named one of 22 MacArthur Foundation Fellows for 2011, wins a prize fund worth $500,000.

Evening Standard

Christian Gerhaher/Gerold Huber, Wigmore Hall – review

No one who heard Christian Gerhaher as Wolfram in Tannhäuser at Covent Garden last year will easily forget it. By Barry Millington.

The Guardian

Everything to play for at the Tchaikovsky competition

It’s the fiercest, sweatiest, most nerve-shredding competition in the classical world. Tom Service reports from Moscow.

The Telegraph

Lucerne Festival, Switzerland, review

This year’s Lucerne festival in Switzerland explored the favourite topic of the romantics: night. 5 stars from Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

How the Royal Opera House helped a suburb find its voice

Rob Sharp visits a community choir as it takes the stage at Covent Garden.