An evening of first-rate music making at the Clandeboye Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Clandeboye Festival 2023 [1] – Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven: Barry Douglas (piano), Cathal Breslin (piano), Richard Watkins (French horn), Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin), Ed Creedon (viola), Aoife Magee (viola), Aoife Burke (cello). Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Northern Ireland, 23.8.2023. (RB)

Barry Douglas


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A joyful preview of the upcoming season at Lyric Opera of Chicago

United StatesUnited States ‘Sunday in the Park with Lyric’: Soloists and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago / Enrique Mazzola & Donald Lee III (conductors). Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Millennium Park), Chicago, 20.8.2023. (JLZ)

Enrique Mazzola and the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble © Kyle Flubacker

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Handel’s Samson at the Proms attained a level of musical excellence available to very few performances

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 50 – Handel, Samson, HWV 57 (1741-2, heard in the revised 1743 version): Allan Clayton (Samson), Jacquelyn Stucker (Dalila), Joélle Harvey (Israelite Woman), Jess Dandy (Micah), Brindley Sherratt (Harapha), Jonathan Lemalu (Manoa), Will Pate (Messenger), Philharmonia Chorus / Laurence Cummings (harpsichord / director). Royal Albert Hall, London, 23.8.2023. (CC)

Alan Clayton sing as Handel’s Samson at the BBC Proms © BBC/Sisi Burn

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Sir Simon Rattle makes a persuasive case for Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri at the BBC Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 49 – R. Schumann, Das Paradies und die Peri: Soloists, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London 22.8.2023. (CK)

Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri at the BBC Proms © BBC/Mark Allan

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Excellent performances of Ligeti and Richard Strauss from Daniel Harding and the Vienna Philharmonic

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2023 [8] – Ligeti and R. Strauss: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Harding (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 21.8.2023. (MB)

Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra © SF/Marco Borrelli

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