Trio Wanderer Provide a Splendid Way to Round off the Musical Year

30/12/2018

Haydn, Dvořák, and Schubert: Trio Wanderer (Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian [violin], Raphaël Pidoux [cello], Vincent Coq [cello]). Wigmore Hall, London, 29.12.2018 (MB)

Trio Wanderer © François Sechet

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Verdi Meets Bergman in Munich’s Highly Recommended Otello

28/12/2018

Verdi, Otello: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera / Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 21.12.2018. (ALL)

Anja Harteros (Desdemona) & Jonas Kaufmann (Otello)
© W. Hösl

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SOME OF SEEN AND HEARD’S REVIEWERS LOOK BACK AT 2018

26/12/2018

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Young Musical Stars shine in a Festive Evening at Canongate Kirk

26/12/2018

Chopin, Dvořák, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and others: Alexey Gusev (baritone), Paulius Rudokas (piano), Egle Sarmavicuite (piano), Polina Shakhanova (dancer), Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, 16.12.2018. (GT)

Paulius Rudokas (piano) & Alexey Gusev (baritone)
(c) Jack Thompson

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Britten Sinfonia’s Messiah – Much More Than Christmas Entertainment

24/12/2018

Handel, Messiah: Sophie Bevan (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Allan Clayton (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone) , Britten Sinfonia Voices (director: Eamonn Dougan) Britten Sinfonia Orchestra (violin/director: Jacqueline Shave), Barbican Hall, London 19.12.2018. (CSa)

Britten Sinfonia (c) Harry Rankin

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Mehta and Bronfman Are Outstanding in the Opening Concerts of an Ambitious Brahms Cycle

24/12/2018

Brahms [I]: Yefim Bronfman (piano), Los Angeles Philharmonic / Zubin Mehta (conductor), Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. (DD)

Zubin Mehta © Marco Brescia

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A Keenlyside Recital at Once Ravishing and Baffling

21/12/2018

Schubert, Poulenc, Brahms, Ravel: Sir Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano), Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 7.12.2018. (BJ) Read more

CONDUCTOR ÁDÁM FISCHER IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL COOKSON

21/12/2018

Michael Cookson interviews Ádám Fischer

Ádám Fischer conducting the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker © Susanne Diesner

Sitting in the conductor room at the famous Semperoper, Dresden last May I interviewed conductor Ádám Fischer. In an hour’s time he would be conducting a compelling performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio directed Keith Warner (click here). I couldn’t help but contemplate on the many famous conductors who had been in the room over the years since the Semperoper’s reconstruction in 1985. Read more

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