August’s musical delights in Hungary included a Plácido Domingo gala

04/09/2019

A Music Sojourn in Hungary – artists, amongst others, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radics Band, Szalonna Band, Plácido Domingo (tenor), Central European String Quartet: Various venues in Budapest and Szeged. (AK)

Szalonna Band (c) Levente Váradi

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In Banff, a Schubert challenge produces three finalists

04/09/2019

BISQC 2019 [3] – various composers: Agate, Callisto, Eliot, Elmire, Marmen, Omer, Ruisi, Vera, Viano, and Ulysses String Quartets. Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada. 31.8.2019. (LV)

The Eliot Quartett in the Schubertplus round at Banff (c) Don Lee

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads a Berlioz performance of awe-inspiring scope at the Proms

03/09/2019

BBC PROM 59 – Berlioz: Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 2.9.2019. (CC)

Michael Spyres (Cellini) and Sophia Burgos (Teresa) (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Bramwell Tovey leads the Proms’ 150th anniversary tribute to Sir Henry Wood

02/09/2019

 BBC PROM 56 – Ravel, Ireland, Tabakova, Debussy, Granados, Wagner and Grainger: Leon McCawley (piano), Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (violin), BBC Concert Orchestra / Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 31.8.2019. (AS)

Bramwell Tovey

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s outstanding Messiaen opens Musikfest Berlin

02/09/2019

Musikfest Berlin [1] – Messiaen: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano). Philharmonie, Berlin, 30.8.2019. (MB)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (c) Marco Borggreve

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The Shanghai Symphony makes an auspicious Proms debut

02/09/2019

BBC PROM 57 – Qigang Chen, Mozart, Rachmaninov: Eric Lu (piano); Shanghai Symphony Orchestra / Long Yu (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 1.9.2019. (CC)

Long Yu conducts the Shanghai SO (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Excellent programming from Gergiev, Kavakos and the Mariinsky at Lucerne Festival

01/09/2019

Lucerne Festival [6] – Debussy, Sibelius, Chausson, Ravel, Shostakovich: Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), Lucerne, 31.8.2019. (JR)

Valery Gergiev (c) Manuel Jans/Lucerne Festival

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At Banff, the temperature rises with a striking quartet from Matthew Whittall

01/09/2019

BISQC 2019 [2] – Brahms, Debussy, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Matthew Whittall: Agate, Callisto, Eliot, Elmire, Marmen, Omer, Ruisi, Vera, Viano, and Ulysses String Quartets. Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada. 28-30.8.2019. (LV)

The Marmen Quartet at Banff (c) Don Lee

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