Trenchant Elgar versus flashy Walton in Cleveland

United StatesUnited States López Ballido, Elgar, Walton: Sol Gabetta (cello), Thomas Hampson (baritone), Cleveland Orchestra Chorus (chorus director: Lisa Wong), Cleveland Orchestra / Klaus Mäkelä (conductor). Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, 13.4.2024. (MSJ)

Sol Gabetta in Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Philharmonia Chorus shine in Weinberg and Rachmaninov

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Elgar, Weinberg, Rachmaninov: Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Mirjam Mesak (soprano), Pavel Petrov (tenor), Andrii Kymach (baritone), Paul Whittaker (BSL performer), Philharmonia Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 11.4.2024. (CK)

Vasily Petrenko conducts cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the RPO © Chris Christodoulou

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In Berkeley: countertenor Orliński’s dramatic singing and Pomo d’Oro’s vivid playing lifts the recital form

United StatesUnited States Various, ‘Beyond’: Jakub Józef Orliński (countertenor), Il Pomo d’Oro. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 9.4.2024. (HS)

Jakub Józef Orliński and Il Pomo d’Oro (previously in Warsaw) © Grzesiek Mart

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Britten Sinfonia’s typically adventurous programme, mixing a world premiere with music of today

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Weir, Britten, Watkins, Mozart: Nicky Spence (tenor), Ben Goldscheider (horn), Britten Sinfonia / Max Baillie (violin/director, Britten, Mozart), Michael Papadopoulos (conductor, Weir, Watkins). Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 9.4.2024. (CC)

Ben Goldschieder (horn) and Britten Sinfonia conducted by Michael Papadopoulos © Shoel Stadlen

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