Winds return to Cleveland concerts via flute and organ

United StatesUnited States In Focus/Episode Eight, Visions and Impressions: Joshua Smith (flute), Paul Jacobs (organ), Strings and Timpani of the Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Severance Hall, Cleveland, on 18-20.3.2021, and reviewed as a video stream. (MSJ)

Joshua Smith plays Takemitsu © Roger Mastroianni

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Beautiful, powerful concert performed at the highest level by the Castalian String Quartet at Stoller Hall

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Haydn, Janáček, Adès, The Polyphonic Concert Club – Castalian String Quartet: Sini Simonen, Daniel Roberts (violin), Charlotte Bonneton (viola), Christopher Graves (cello). Performed at Stoller Hall, Manchester, 21.3.2021, and broadcast via Vimeo, 8.4.2021 (CC)

Castalian String Quartet at Stoller Hall

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Köpplinger’s child-friendly Die Zauberflöte returns opera to Dresden’s Semperoper

GermanyGermany Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden / Christoph Gedschold (conductor). Filmed (directed by Tilo Krause) at the Semperoper Dresden on 31.3.2021 and streamed on 5.4.2021. (JPr)

Klaus Florian Vogt (Tamino) and Nikola Hillebrand (Queen of the Night)

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Christoph Loy explores the passion and beauty of Tchaikovsky’s songs for Oper Frankfurt

GermanyGermany Tchaikovsky, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt: Soprano – Olesya Golovneva (soprano), Kelsey Lauritano (mezzo-soprano), Andrea Carè (tenor) and Vladislav Sulimsky, Mikołaj Trąbka (baritones), Mariusz Kłubczuk and Nikolai Petersen (piano), Members of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Oper Frankfurt. Streaming on Arte from 26.3. to 25.6.2021. (RP)

Olesya Golovneva (soprano) & Mikołai Trąbka (baritone) © M. Rittershaus

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This Bach B minor Mass is arguably VOCES8’s finest achievement to date

United KingdomUnited Kingdom LIVE From London Spring – Bach’s Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Carolyn Sampson, Eleonore Cockerham (sopranos), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Jeremy Budd (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass-baritone), Rachel Podger (guest leader). Academy of Ancient Music / Barnaby Smith (conductor). Church of St Bartholomew the Great, London, 4.2.2021, and streamed 5.4.2021. (CC)

Bach’s B minor Mass in London’s Church of St Bartholomew the Great
(c) Colin Steen

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Apollo’s Fire brings the inspiration of Jewish culture in the Italian Baroque to Cleveland

United StatesUnited States Various composers, Apollo’s Fire’s Tapestry – Jewish Ghettos of Baroque Italy: Daphna Mor (soprano, recorder), Ashlee Foreman (soprano), Daniel Moody (countertenor), Jacob Perry (tenor), Jeffrey Strauss (baritone), Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor/harpsichord). First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio, on 20-21.3.2021 and reviewed as a concert stream. (MSJ)

Apollo’s Fire’s Tapestry – Jewish Ghettos of Baroque Italy

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Socially distanced televised Messiah from English National Opera suggests spring and hope are in the air

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah, HWV 56: Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Nadine Benjamin (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), John Findon (tenor), Anthony Gregory (tenor), William Thomas (bass), Nardus Williams (soprano) and Benson Wilson (baritone), Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Laurence Cummings (harpsichord/conductor). Broadcast on BBC Two, 3.4.2021. (JPr)

Laurence Cummings conducts the ENO Orchestra © Tristram Kenton

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VOCES8’s Fauré, Bach, Barber – and Elgar – Cadogan Hall concert is warming, consoling and beautiful

United KingdomUnited Kingdom LIVE From London Spring – Fauré, Bach, Barber: Andrea Haines (soprano), Jonathan Pacey (bass), VOCES8, English Chamber Orchestra / Barnaby Smith (conductor). Streamed from the Cadogan Hall, London, 2.4.2021. (CC)

VOCES8, English Chamber Orchestra and Barnaby Smith (conductor)

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