Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique celebrate Beethoven at Carnegie Hall


United StatesUnited States ORR Beethoven Cycle [1]: Lucy Crowe (soprano), Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Carnegie Hall, New York, 19.2.2020. (RP)

Lucy Crowe (soprano), ORR, & Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor) © Chris Lee

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Authentic but ambivalent Beethoven from Faust, Queyras and Melnikov in Vancouver


CanadaCanada Beethoven: Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano). Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, 9.2.2020. (GN)

Faust Queyras Melnikov Trio © Josep Molina

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Optimism conquers despair: Rattle and LSO thrill with Berg and Beethoven  


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Berg and Beethoven: Iwona Sobotka (soprano) Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Florian Boesch (baritone), London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra /Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London. 16.2.2020. (CSa)

Soloists, London Symphony Chorus, LSO & Simon Rattle (conductor)
(c) Candice Witton

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Revelatory exploration of the Golden Age of Portuguese polyphony by Cupertinos


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Ductus est Jesus: Cupertinos / Luís Toscano (director). Cadogan Hall, London, 18.2.2020. (CC)

Cupertinos (c) Fundação Cupertino Miranda

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John Storgårds leads a fine account of Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust in Berlin


GermanyGermany Schumann, Szenen aus Goethes Faust, WoO3: Soloists, RIAS Chamber Choir (chorus director: Gregor Meyer), Children’s Choir of the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gymnasium, Berlin (chorus directors: Jan Olberg and Vera Zweiniger). Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / John Storgårds (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin, 16.2.2020. (MB) Read more

In her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, Canellakis matches Ax in artistry


United StatesUnited States Di Castri, Beethoven, Lutosławski: Emanuel Ax (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra / Karina Canellakis (conductor). Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 8.2.2020. (BJ)

Karina Canellakis

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In Akron, a lively Valentine from Apollo’s Fire


United StatesUnited States Vivaldi, Porpora, Fontana, Strozzi, Monteverdi: Erica Schuller (soprano), Brian Giebler (tenor); Olivier Brault, Alan Choo, Adriane Post, Carrie Krause (violin solos), Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor). First United Methodist Church, Akron, Ohio, 13.2.2020. (MSJ)

Erica Schuller

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Yan Pascal Tortelier’s Icelandic musicians bring warmth to an icy Edinburgh


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet, Ravel, Thorvaldsdóttir, Sibelius: Yeol Eum Son (piano), Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor). Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 16.2.2020. (GT)

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

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