Magdalena Kožená excels in LSO’s emotionally draining exploration of Mahler’s world-weariness and the eternal

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mahler: Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Rhodri Huw) from the Barbican Hall, London, 9.5.2021. (JPr)

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), LSO & Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
(c) Barbican/Mark Allan

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The Met’s Wagnerians Live in Concert is redeemed by some splendiferous duets

GermanyGermany Wagnerians in Concert: Christine Goerke, Elza van den Heever (sopranos), Andreas Schager (tenor), Michael Volle (baritone), Craig Terry (piano). Livestreamed (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden, Germany, 8.5.2021. (JPr)

Christine Goerke (soprano) and Craig Terry (piano)

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Bang on a Can video revives evocative ‘John Henry’ oratorio

United StatesUnited States Julia Wolfe, Steel Hammer: Bang on a Can All-Stars / David Bloom (music director), soundtrack recorded at the Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, and David’s Studio, New York, for video made exclusively for Cal Performances, Berkeley. Streamed first on 6.5.2021, and available on demand through 4.8.2021. (HS)

Singers Molly Netter, Rebecca Hargrove and Sonya Headlam

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Pairing style and substance in Cleveland with Britten and Ravel

United StatesUnited States In Focus / Episode Ten, Style & Craft: Frank Rosenwein (oboe), Carolyn Gadiel Warner (piano), Strings of the Cleveland Orchestra / Vinay Parameswaran (conductor). Previously recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland (9.3 and 8-9.4.2021) and reviewed as a video stream. (MSJ)

Vinay Parameswaran and strings of the Cleveland Orchestra
© Roger Mastroianni

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In Poole, melodies breathed gloriously from both Hyeyoon Park’s violin and Benjamin Grosvenor’s piano

United KingdomUnited Kingdom R. Schumann, C. Schumann, Franck: Hyeyoon Park (violin), Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Catherine Bott (presenter). From the Lighthouse, Poole, and livestreamed on (click here) on 5.5.2021. (CC)

Hyeyoon Park (violin) and Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

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Virtuoso tour de force from Carolin Widmann in Germany and streamed from Louth in Ireland

IrelandIreland  Hildegard von Bingen, Julian Anderson, Telemann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Bach, George Benjamin – Another Prayer: Carolin Widmann (violin). Recorded in March 2021 in St Martin Church, Audigast, Saxony, German and streamed from Louth Contemporary Music Society website (click here), 18.4.2021. (RB)

Carolin Widmann (violin)

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Mark Simpson’s new Violin Concerto proves full of pent-up energy and Noseda conducts the LSO in compelling Tchaikovsky

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mark Simpson, Tchaikovsky: Nicola Benedetti (violin), London Symphony Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda (conductor). Recorded at LSO St Luke’s 11.4.2021 and streamed (directed by Andy Quick) on Marquee TV from 29.4.2021. (JPr)

Nicola Benedetti conducts Mark Simpson’s Violin Concerto

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