The Prommers revel as the Last Night of the Proms 2023 is a proper party once again

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 71 – Last Night of the Proms 2023: Lise Davidsen (soprano), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), BBC Singers (chorus master: Nicholas Chalmers), BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus master: Neil Ferris), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 9.9.2023. (JR)

Soprano Lise Davidsen sings at the Last Night of the Proms 2023 © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Nobuyuki Tsujii plays an astounding Rachmaninoff Third in one of the great BBC Proms of recent times

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 70 – Honegger, Rachmaninoff, Ortiz, Bernstein: Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Domingo Hindoyan (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 8.9.2023. (MBr)

Domingo Hindoyan conducting at the BBC Proms 2023 © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Superb and indeed revelatory recital from newly formed Ākarana Piano Quartet in Whangarei

New ZealandNew Zealand Mozart, Bridge, Jennings, Dvořák: Ākarana Piano Quartet (Andrew Beer [violin], Robert Ashworth [viola], Chen Cao [cello], Sarah Watkins [piano]). Old Library, Whangarei, New Zealand, 2.9.2023. (PSe)

Ākarana Piano Quartet (l-r) Andrew Beer, Sarah Watkins, Chen Cao, Robert Ashworth

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The concert performances which opened San Francisco Opera’s 101st season lacked passion

United StatesUnited States Various: Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano), Roberto Alagna (tenor), Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Eun Sun Kim (conductor). War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 8.9.2023. (HS)

Roberto Alagna with the San Francisco Opera Chorus © Cory Weaver/SFO

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Marian Consort spun an enchanting web of sound during Lammermuir Festival 2023’s first weekend

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Lammermuir Festival 2023 [1] – Renaissance polyphony in celebration of the Virgin Mary: Dr Lizzie Swarbrick (speaker), Marian Consort / Rory McCleery (director). St Mary’s Church, Haddington, 9.9.2023. (SRT)

Marian Consort © Nick Rutter

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Pichon and Pygmalion’s theatrical, yet deeply spiritual approach to Mozart’s Requiem

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 69 – Mozart/Süssmayr, Requiem: Malakai Bayoh (treble), Sandrine Piau  (soprano), Beth Taylor (mezzo-soprano), Laurence Kilsby (tenor), Alex Rosen (bass), Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 7.9.2023. (CC)

Mozart’s Requiem at the BBC Proms 2023 © BBC/Andy Paradise

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