Sharing a Duet and a Dream: George Benjamin at 60

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Knussen, Messiaen, Benjamin and Janáček: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), James Hall (countertenor), Philharmonia Voices (Ladies), Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir George Benjamin (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 5.3.2020. (CSa)

Sir George Benjamin (c) Chris Christodoulou

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All the colors of the rainbow in Louis Langrée’s debut with the New York Philharmonic

United StatesUnited States Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin: Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), Women’s Chorus from The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic / Louis Langrée (conductor). David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 5.3.2020. (RP)

Louis Langrée conducting the New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee

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Soloists, Runnicles and BBC SO prove Missa solemnis is a magnificent masterpiece

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Beethoven: Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Atkins (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Barbican Hall, 4.3.2020. (AK)

Donald Runnicles  (conductor), BBC SO and Chorus © Mark Allan

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Simon Rattle, back in Berlin, makes a strong case for Beethoven’s neglected oratorio

GermanyGermany Strauss and Beethoven: Jonathan Kelly (oboe), Iwona Sobotka (soprano), Benjamin Bruns (tenor), David Soar (bass), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director: Simon Halsey) / Simon Rattle (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 5.3.2020. (MB)

Sir Simon Rattle

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