Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra contrast terror and serenity

United StatesUnited States In Focus / Episode Seven: Memory and Transformation: Strings of the Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).  Reviewed as a video stream from Severance Hall, Cleveland, 29.3.2021. (MSJ)

Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni

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La Scala Ballet shows Rudolf Nureyev lives on due to his artistic legacy, influence on ballet and choreographies

ItalyItaly Homage to Nureyev: Dancers of La Scala Ballet, Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Koen Kessels (conductor). Recorded (directed by Tiziano Mancini) on 19.3.2021 and streamed from La Scala, Milan, 28.3.2021. (JPr)

Raymonda Act III (c) Brescia e Amisano

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For Holy Week there is a fine Zurich St. Matthew Passion to be seen online soon

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Bach: Jan Petryka (Evangelist), Milan Siljanov (Jesus), Hannah Morrison (soprano), Anke Vondung (alto), Konstantin Wolff (bass), Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Orchestra La Scintilla / Florian Helgath (conductor). Kirche Oberstrass, Zurich 27.3.2021. (JR)

Zürcher Sing-Akademie

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After a turbulent year, Dunedin Consort perform Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion online from Perth

United KingdomUnited Kingdom J. S. Bach: Anna Dennis, Jessica Leary (sopranos), Jess Dandy, Judy Brown (altos), Andrew Tortise, David Lee (tenors), Matthew Brook, Benedict Nelson (basses), Dunedin Consort / John Butt (conductor). From Perth Concert Hall and streamed online as part of Perth’s Easter Festival of Classical Music, 27.3.2021. (SRT)

Dunedin Consort and soloists in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (c) Tommy Slack

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Gothenburg’s shining Siegfried gloriously surmounts the challenges of producing opera in a pandemic

SwedenSweden Wagner, Siegfried: Soloists, Dancers, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Evan Rogister (conductor). Pre-recorded on Gothenburg Opera main stage for digital streaming only and premiered 26-28.3.2021. (NS)

Sofie Asplund (The Woodbird) & Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) (c) Lennart Sjöberg

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Dame Emma Kirkby and Friends beautifully perform a programme of high imagination and distinction

United KingdomUnited Kingdom LIVE from London SpringAbiding Love: Dame Emma Kirkby and Friends (Dame Emma Kirkby [soprano] with Toby Carr [lute/theorbo/guitar], Helen Charlston, Patricia Hammond [mezzo], Christopher Glynn [piano], Aileen Henry [baroque harp], Matt Redman [accordion, banjo, guitar, organ]). Livestreamed from the VOCES8 Centre, London, 14.3.2021. (CC)

Dame Emma Kirkby and Friends

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Barrie Kosky’s disappoiningly unfunny Munich Der Rosenkavalier is redeemed by some strong singing

GermanyGermany Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Henning Kasten) on Arte.tv (click here) from the National Theatre, Munich, 21.3.2021. (JPr)

Samantha Hankey (‘Mariandel’), Marlis Petersen (Marschallin) & Christof Fischesser (Ochs)

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Enjoyable adulterous antics from Grange Park Opera and their L’heure espagnole in a London antique clocks shop

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Ravel, L’heure espagnole: Soloists, Chris Hopkins (music director/piano), Ognune Lively (brass), Tom Marshall (percussion). Filmed 23 – 27.2.2021 in venues in Kensington Church Street, London, and streamed by Grange Park Opera, West Horsley, 20.3.2021. (JPr)

Catherine Backhouse (Concepción)

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