Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.
500 years of St. Johns College, Cambridge
Andrew Nethsingha looks to the future as The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge marks the 500th anniversary of the College.
Tears as Helsinki Philharmonic plays Sibelius’ Eighth fragments
Extraordinary scenes as composer’s own orchestra plays controversial sketches for the first time.
The Guardian -Tom Service
Leif Segerstam: weird and wonderful symphonic master
Maverick, eccentric? Words can’t describe this prolific Finnish composer – which probably explains his symphonies’ titles.
ENO’s new Eugene Onegin is a great show: shame about the casting though.
Eugene Onegin is the perfect opera in search of the perfect production, which it rarely gets. I’ve seen some stinkers in my time – including the infamous Brokeback Mountain staging in Munich several years ago, which transformed Lensky and Onegin into cowboy lovers and the grand ball in St Petersburg into a nightclub dance routine done by all-male chorus line in big hats, boots, and little else.
Takács Quartet: Haydn String Quartets
Nothing in Haydn is innocuous. This isn’t music for multi-taskers: the more closely you listen, the more gripping and mischievous it becomes…