Classical Music News – 30th September

Friday 30th 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.

The Times

Nicola Benedetti: Italia

A CD to file under “Work in progress”, writes Geoff Brown.

The Guardian

English Concert/Bicket/Bostridge – review

Ian Bostridge’s Ancient and Modern project at the Wigmore Hall promises, among other things, period and modern instruments in the same concert, but it opened with this purely baroque programme that resolutely represented the performer, writes George Hall.

LA Times

Music review: Dudamel and Hancock in L.A. Phil Gershwin gala

Gershwin’s way, when playing the “Rhapsody,” was to dazzle by being offhand. Hancock and Dudamel went their own radically different ways, but they didn’t, perhaps, go far enough. Mark Swed reports.

The Independent

A fatal attraction to fallen women

As La Traviata returns to London, Jessica Duchen wonders why opera’s routinely punished heroines get such a raw deal

The Arts Desk

Coote, Vinke, Philharmonia, Maazel, Royal Festival Hall

A great mezzo plumbs Mahler’s profound meditations; her conductor seems less engaged, says David Nice.