Valery Gergiev opens the second night of the Mariinsky Theatre season with an impressive Tannhäuser

Russian FederationRussian Federation Wagner, Tannhäuser: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev (conductor). Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 9.9.2021. (GT)

Mikhail Vekua (Tannhäuser) in the opening scene (c) Natasha Razina

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Magnificent Ekaterina Semenchuk opens new Mariinsky Opera season in an astounding The Maid of Orleans

Russian FederationRussian Federation Tchaikovsky, The Maid of Orleans: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev (conductor). Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 8.9.2021. (GT)

Ekaterina Semenchuk (Joan) and Sergey Skorokhodov (King Charles VII)
(c) Mikhail Vilchuk

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Mariinsky Theatre announces its opera and ballet for 2021-22

Opening of the 239th season of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg

Last season most performing companies including the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Companies staged season-long series of both opera and ballet across their performance stages. Today the Mariinsky boasts no less than four stages, two for opera and ballet and two concert halls. Last season, the performances were well attended and there is no reason not to expect full audiences in the forthcoming 239th season.

The Maid of Orleans © Alexander Neff

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Blomstedt closes the Berlin Philharmonic’s season with an especially glorious Brahms Third Symphony

GermanyGermany Brahms, Sibelius: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt (conductor). Livestreamed on the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall (click here) from the Berlin Philharmonie, 12.6.2021. (GT)

Herbert Blomsedt conducts the BPO (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Benedetti’s boisterous Szymanowski and masterly Bartók from Elim Chan and the RSNO

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bartók, Szymanowski: Nicola Benedetti (violinist), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Elim Chan (conductor). Recorded at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and streamed (directed by Jack Hunter) on the RSNO’s Digital Concert Hall 11.6.2021. (GT)

Elim Chan conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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Elim Chan conducts a sensational performance in Glasgow of Lutosławski’s Concert for Orchestra

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wojciech Kilar, Chopin, Lutosławski: Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Elim Chan (conductor). Performed in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and streamed by RSNO Digital Concert online, 4.6.2021. (GT)

Benjamin Grosvenor performs Chopin’s First Piano Concerto

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Sladkovsky unleashes the Tenth International Festival ‘Rakhlin Seasons’ with a superb ‘Eroica’ Symphony

Russian FederationRussian Federation International Festival ‘Rakhlin Seasons’- Beethoven: Wang Yugian (pianist), Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Sladkovsky (conductor). Livestreamed from the Saydachev Concert Hall, Kazan, 3.4.2021. (GT)

Tartarstan National Symphony Orchestra & Alexander Sladkovsky (conductor)

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German pianist Lisa Maria Schachtschneider discusses women in music with Gregor Tassie

Pianist Lisa Maria Schachtschneider in conversation with Gregor Tassie ‘The female in music is my contribution on the way to equality’ is the heading for the young German pianist Lisa Maria Schachtschneider’s debut recording. Through neglect and ignorance, the question of women in music is a perennial problem to overcome and is exacerbated by recent … Read more