Photo: Ⓒ Matthew Brodie

The best classical and opera in the UK to stream this April

The Waste Land revisited, plus Isata Kanneh-Mason performs in Manchester
March 1, 2021
The Glories of Venice, Academy of Ancient Music, West Road, Cambridge, 14th April

The partnership between the Academy of Ancient Music and music director Richard Egarr has delivered 15 years of superb concerts. Now Egarr is moving on, but not before launching the orchestra’s digital concert series with a trip to 17th-century Venice. There will be music from Monteverdi and Barbara Strozzi, the songwriter who blazed a trail for female composers. But at the centre will be the little-known Dario Castello—a contemporary of Monteverdi’s with equally impressive facilities for musical imagination and innovation.

Re-Wilding The Waste Land, I Fagiolini, Live from London; digital festival 22nd April

Robert Hollingworth and his vocal group I Fagiolini (above) mark Earth Day with a concert inspired by TS Eliot’s poem. Our own cycles of destruction and renewal, and relationship with our environment—both geographical and human—are the themes running through a new programme that brings together renaissance music by Victoria and Byrd with new commissions by Ben Rowarth, Joanna Marsh and Shruthi Rajasekar.

Isata Kanneh-Mason & Hallé Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, streaming 29th April

The eldest of the seven talented Kanneh-Mason siblings, Isata Kanneh-Mason is a wonderfully exciting young pianist, with a gift for making the piano sing. Here she makes her debut as soloist with Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra in Beethoven’s brooding Third Piano Concerto, whose Romantic instincts are countered by Sibelius’s coolly classical Third Symphony. The concert opens with Richard Strauss’s lovely Serenade—putting the spotlight on the Halle’s wind players.