Apollo’s Fire explores musical crossroads in Ohio


United StatesUnited States O Jerusalem: Crossroads of Three Faiths (conceived and directed by Jeannette Sorrell): Soloists, Apollo’s Singers, Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor), Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Akron, Ohio, 9.3.2020. (MSJ)

Amanda Powell, Zafer Tawil & Apollo’s Fire

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Turning the corner on Angela Hewitt’s momentous four-year Bach Odyssey


CanadaCanada J. S. Bach: Angela Hewitt (piano). Roy Barnett Recital Hall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 26.2.2020. (GN)

Angela Hewitt © Ole Christiansen

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Fine Berlin anniversary tribute to Beethoven and Isaac Stern from Zukerman and Barenboim


GermanyGermany Beethoven: Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Daniel Barenboim (piano). Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, 8.3.2020. (MB)

Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus

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All the colors of the rainbow in Louis Langrée’s debut with the New York Philharmonic


United StatesUnited States Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin: Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), Women’s Chorus from The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic / Louis Langrée (conductor). David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 5.3.2020. (RP)

Louis Langrée conducting the New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee

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Simon Rattle, back in Berlin, makes a strong case for Beethoven’s neglected oratorio


GermanyGermany Strauss and Beethoven: Jonathan Kelly (oboe), Iwona Sobotka (soprano), Benjamin Bruns (tenor), David Soar (bass), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director: Simon Halsey) / Simon Rattle (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 5.3.2020. (MB)

Sir Simon Rattle

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Vocal perfection from The King’s Singers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue


United StatesUnited States An Audience with The King’s Singers – Various: The King’s Singers. Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York, 3.3.2020. (RP)

The King’s Singers © Rebecca Reid

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Edward Gardner’s Philadelphia debut demonstrates a fine sense of musical proportion


United StatesUnited States Britten, Daugherty, Elgar: Paul Jacobs (organ), Philadelphia Orchestra / Edward Gardner (conductor). Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 28.2.2020. (BJ)

Edward Gardner (c) Benjamin Ealovega

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More splendid Beethoven from Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim in Berlin


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Beethoven: Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Daniel Barenboim (piano). Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, 1.3.2020. (MB)

Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim (c) Monika Rittershaus

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