Vienna’s intense new Parsifal breakouts from the confinement of Kirill Serebrennikov’s new production

AustriaAustria Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Nikolay Sidorenko (actor), Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Philippe Jordan (conductor). Filmed (directed by Michael Beyer) at the Vienna State Opera on 11.4.2021 and streamed on ARTE Concert (available until 17.7.2021 click here). (JPr)

Kirill Serebrennikov’s Parsifal Act III (final scene) (c) Michael Pöhn

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Imagination and virtuosity in Shai Wosner’s Philadelphia recital

United StatesUnited States Various: Shai Wosner (piano). Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 8.4.2021. Reviewed from the 11.4.21 stream. (BJ)

Shai Wosner plays for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

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Striking demonstration from the Oxford Philharmonic of what music can be aurally and visually

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Rameau & Bach, Music and Maths: Baroque and Beyond: Marcus du Sautoy (presenter), Tamás András, Charlotte Scott, Alicja Smietana (violins), Anthony Robb (flute), Peter Facer (oboe), Christian Barraclough (trumpet), Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra / Marios Papadopoulos (conductor/harpsichord) with Mathias Gmachl (Chaldni plate artist). Streamed live from the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford via Facebook on 18.4.2021. (CD & CC)

Oxford Philharmonic perform the Second Brandenburg Concerto

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Jeremy Denk’s many-shaded approach to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

United StatesUnited States Bach: Jeremy Denk (piano). Recorded in the Music Room of the Rosen House, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY, on 10-11.3.2021, for Cal Performances at Home. Streaming from 15.4.2021 to 14.7.2021. (HS)

Jeremy Denk plays Bach for Cal Performances at Home

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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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