The Dresden Festival Orchestra’s Beethoven shows all you need is the right players and a sympathetic conductor

GermanyGermany Beethoven: Dresden Festival Orchestra / Josep Caballé Domenech (conductor). 12.9.2020 performance from Löwensaal, Dresden, reviewed when streamed live on Dreamstage. (LV)

Josep Caballé Domenech (conductor)

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In Utrecht, three finalists at the Nederlands Vioolconcours

NetherlandsNetherlands Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Ravel – Nederlands Vioolconcours [2]: Leon Blekh, Charlotte Spruit, Coraline Groen (violins); Residentie Orkest The Hague / Anja Bihlmaier (conductor). TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands. 2.2.2020. (LV)

Coraline Groen (violin), Residentie Orchestra, & Anja Bihlmaier (conductor)
(c) Foppe Schut

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2020 Netherlands Violin Competition has an intriguing mix of contemporary and traditional music

NetherlandsNetherlands Various composers, Nederlands Vioolconcours [1] (curated by Emmy Storms): Emmy Storms, Lenneke van Staalen (violins), Cynthia Liem (piano), Heiko Dijker (tabla). Podium Hoge Woerd, Utrecht, 29.1.2020. (LV)

Vioolconcours 2020 © Foppe Schut

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In Los Angeles, a Beethoven rarity from Camerata Pacifica

United StatesUnited States Beethoven, Nielsen, Dvořák: Camerata Pacifica (Jasmine Choi [flute], Nicholas Daniel and Claire Brazeau [oboe], Jose Franch-Ballester and Pascal Archer [clarinet], Judith Farmer and William Short [bassoon], William Wood [contrabassoon], Martin Owen, Steven Becknell and Amy Sanchez [French horn], Ani Aznavoorian [cello], Timothy Eckert [bass]), Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles. 16.1.2020. (LV)

Camerata Pacifica (c) Timothy Norris

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Unusual programme enlivens Cartagena Music Festival

ColombiaColombia Martinus, Pinzón, Victoria: Santiago Cañón–Valencia (cello), Orquesta de Cámara de Colombia / Federico Hoyos (conductor), Julio Victoria Live Band. Auditorio Getsemaní, Cartagena, Columbia, 11.1.2020. (LV)

Santiago Cañón–Valencia (cello), Orquesta de Cámara de Colombia & Federico Hoyos (conductor)
(c) Diego Vega

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In California, Telemann with heroic breadth and stunning virtuosity

United StatesUnited States Telemann, R. Strauss, Handel: Joshua Ranz (clarinet), Kenneth Munday (bassoon), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Jaime Martin (conductor). First Presbyterian Church, Santa Monica. 21.11.2019. (LV)

LACO’s new music director Jaime Martin (c) Jamie Pham

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Three violas, front-and-center with Miami’s New World Symphony

United StatesUnited States Higdon, Feldman, Berlioz arr. Steven Mackey: Roberto Diaz, Tabea Zimmermann, and Cynthia Phelps (violas), New World Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas and Christopher Rountree (conductors). New World Center, Miami. 19.10.2019. (LV)

Steven Mackey, Tabea Zimmermann, Michael Tilson Thomas,
and the New World Symphony

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