Tobias Kratzer’s cinéma verité style Faust for Paris Opera is an unmissable lockdown triumph

FranceFrance Gounod, Faust: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opéra national de Paris / Lorenzo Viotti (conductor). Recorded (directed by Julien Condemine) at the Opéra Bastille, Paris, and broadcast on 26.3.2021. (JPr)

Tobias Kratzer’s Faust Act III (c) M. Rittershaus/Paris Opera

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Esa-Pekka Salonen harnesses 900 years of ‘Patterns’ into a compelling Minimalist program

United StatesUnited States Various: Musicians of San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (curator & music director). Recorded at Davies Symphony Hall and first streamed on 15.4.2021. (HS)

Salonen conducts ‘Saltat sobrius’: Fantasy upon ‘Sederunt príncipes’

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An impressive ‘New Beginning’ as the Royal Northern Sinfonia welcome Dinis Sousa

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Elgar, Haydn, Berlioz, Boulanger, Prokofiev: Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Royal Northern Sinfonia / Dinis Sousa (conductor). Streamed live from Sage, Gateshead, 16.4.2021. (JQ)

Dinis Sousa conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia

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Exquisitely programmed and performed hour’s worth of music from The Gesualdo Six at St Martin-in-the-Fields

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Fresh Horizons – The Gesualdo Six: English Motets: The Gesualdo Six (Guy James, Andrew Leslie Cooper, [countertenors], Joseph Wicks, Josh Cooter [tenors], Michel Craddock [baritone], Sam Mitchell [bass], Owain Park [bass/director]). St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and streamed (click here) on 15.4.2021. (CC)

The Gesualdo Six at St Martin-in-the-Fields

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Nicola Benedetti and Vasily Petrenko’s socially distanced Royal Philharmonic Orchestra excel in Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

United KingdomUnited Kingdom RPO at Home – Tchaikovsky, Beethoven: Nicola Benedetti CBE (violin), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko (conductor). Performed 3.3.2021 at the Royal Albert Hall, London, it is available (directed and edited by Ali Khan) to stream from 15.3.2021. (JPr)

Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Academy of Ancient Music’s fascinating exploration of music by Castello, Strozzi and Monteverdi

United KingdomUnited Kingdom In stil moderno: music by Castello, Strozzi and Monteverdi: Helen Charlston (mezzo), Academy of Ancient Music, with Bojan Čičić (violin) and Stephen Devine (harpsichord). Streamed via AAM Live (click here) from West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 14.4.2021. (CC)

Academy of Ancient Music © AAM

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Weill away your time with the Royal Opera’s thought-provoking The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel: Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Michael Papadopoulos (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Peter Jones) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 9.4.2021. (JPr)

Stephanie Wake-Edwards (Anna I) and Jonadette Carpio (Anna II)
in The Seven Deadly Sins (c) Ellie Kurttz

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