Lahav Shani conducts an outstandingly memorable Mahler’s First Symphony at Berlin’s Musikfest

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin 2022 [5] – Ligeti, Pijper, Mahler: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Lahav Shani (conductor). Philharmonie Hall, Berlin, 4.9.2022, and livestreamed on Digital Concert Hall. (GT)

Lahav Shani conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra © Fabian Schellhorn

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Kevin John Edusei and his Chineke! forces at the Proms send Beethoven’s call to us all

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2022 [26], Prom 61 – Walker, Beethoven: Nicole Cabell (soprano), Raehann Bryce-Davis (mezzo-soprano), Zwakele Tshabalala (tenor), Ryan Speedo Green (bass-baritone), Chineke! Voices, Chineke! Orchestra / Kevin John Edusei (conductor). Recorded (directed by Seren Irvine) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2.9.2022, and broadcast on BBC Four. (JPr)

Kevin John Edusei conducts the Chineke! Orchestra © Mark Allan

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Nézet-Séguin and his Philadelphians bring Florence Price’s First Symphony to Berlin’s Musikfest

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin 2022 [3] – Dvořák, Szymanowski, Price: Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Philharmonie Hall, Berlin, 1.9.2022, livestreamed on the Digital Concert Hall, 1.9.2022. (GT)

Rehearsal: Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) and Lisa Batiashvili (violin) © Todd Rosenberg Photography

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Mäkelä and the Concertgebouw opens Musikfest Berlin with an outstanding Mahler Sixth Symphony

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin 2022 [1] – Saariaho, Mahler: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam / Klaus Mäkelä (conductor). Philharmonie Hall, Berlin, 28.8.2022, and livestreamed on Digital Concert Hall. (GT)

Klaus Mäkelä conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam © Fabian Schellhorn

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Alsop’s programme with her Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra was carefully curated but lacked variety

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2022 [19], Prom 36 – Bartók, Prokofiev, Hannah Eisendle, Dvořák: Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop (conductor). 13.8.2022 concert recorded at the Royal Albert Hall (directed by Helen Mansfield) and available on BBC iPlayer. (JPr)

Benjamin Grosvenor

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Götterdämmerung proves an inconclusive end to Valentin Schwarz’s new Bayreuth Ring cycle

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2022 – Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Recorded (directed by Michael Beyer) at the Bayreuther Festspielhaus on 5.8.2022 and now available on STAGE+ until 14.11.2047. (JPr)

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Gunther) with the chorus (Vassals) © Enrico Nawrath

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