Via L.A. from Linz: Philip Glass’s new Piano Sonata shows he is still maturing at age 83

AustriaAustria Various – Maki Namekawa (piano): Prerecorded live at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, and video streamed by the Center for the Art of Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, 12.1.2021-14.1.2021. (HS)

Philip Glass and Maki Namekawa

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The New Year’s Eve Gala in the Met Stars Live in Concert series was generally upbeat and life-enhancing

GermanyGermany Met Stars Live in Concert – New Year’s Eve Gala: Angel Blue, Pretty Yende (sopranos), Javier Camarena, Matthew Polenzani (tenors), Cécile Restier (piano), Vienna Morphing Quintet. Livestreamed from Parktheater im Kurhaus Göggingen, Augsburg, 31.12.2020. (JPr)

Angel Blue (soprano) and Cécile Restier (piano)

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A sublime, life-enhancing, New Year’s Day Concert 2021 from Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic

AustriaAustria New Year’s Day Concert 2021 (without audience): Vienna Philharmonic / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Broadcast (directed by Henning Kasten) from the Golden Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, 1.1.2021. (JPr)

Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic

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Thielemann conducts Wagner at Wahnfried and it is 150 years since the first performance of Siegfried Idyll

GermanyGermany Wagner at Wahnfried: Camilla Nylund (soprano), Members of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Performance recorded at Haus Wahnfried, Bayreuth, on 25.7.2020. (JPr)

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Anúna’s A Whisper of Paradise showcases their individual, instantly recognisable, and clearly finely honed sound

IrelandIreland Live from London Christmas – A Whisper of Paradise: Anúna. St Bartholomew’s Church, Dublin, recorded in December 2020 and livestreamed (for information click here) on 20.12.2020. (CC)

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A very different, and fabulous, Christmas concert from amarcord in Leipzig

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Live from London ChristmasWeihnacht: Christmas from Germany: amarcord (Wolfram Lattke, Robert Pohlers [tenors], Frank Ozimek [baritone], Daniel Knauft, Holger Krause [basses]) Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, 19.12.2020. (CC)

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