Ksenija Sidorova’s accordion and much else meant it was not a normal Last Night of the Proms by any means

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Last Night of the Proms 2021: Stuart Skelton (tenor), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Reviewed when broadcast (directed by Marcus Viner) on BBC TV from the Royal Albert Hall, London, 11.9.2021. (JPr)

Sakari Oramo (c) Chris Christodoulou

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San Francisco Opera’s ‘Homecoming’ concert knocks it out of the park

United StatesUnited States Live and In Concert: The Homecoming’: Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano), Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano), San Francisco Opera Orchestra / Eun Sun Kim (conductor). War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 10.9.2021. (HS)

Rachel Willis-Sorensen (r), Jamie Barton (l) and Eun Sun Kim conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra (c) Corey Weaver

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Dvořák Prague International Music Festival opens with Andres Orozco-Estrada conducting Filarmonica della Scala

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Dvořák Prague International Music Festival: Daniel Müller-Schott (cello), Julian Rachlin (violin), Filarmonica della Scala / Andrés Orozco-Estrada (conductor). Rudolfinum, Prague, 6-7.9.2021. (RP)

Andres Orozco-Estrada (conductor) © Petr Dyrc

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Gourzí’s extraordinary new trumpet concerto and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto from the Tonkünstler Orchestra at Grafenegg

AustriaAustria Grafenegg Festival – Gourzí, Beethoven: Simon Höfele (trumpet), Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (violin), Harriet Krijgh (cello), Rudolf Buchbinder (piano), Tonkünstler Orchestra / Konstantía Gourzí and Rudolf Buchbinder (conductors). Schloss Grafenegg Auditorium, 5.9.2021. (LV)

Konstantía Gourzí (c) Astrid Ackermann

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Wonderful BBC Prom with Elder conducting the Hallé who are in the midst of a golden age

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [25] – Chin, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns: Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Anna Lapwood (organ), Hallé / Sir Mark Elder (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 7.9.2021. (CC)

Anna Lapwood at the Royal Albert Hall’s Grand Organ (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Exploration of fascinating pieces by Ann Cleare and Enno Poppe at Musikfest Berlin

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [4] – Cleare and Poppe: Hannah Weirich (violin), Sara Cubarsi (violin), Michele Marelli (clarinet), Ensemble Musikfabrik, Aaron Cassidy and Enno Poppe (conductors). Philharmonie, Berlin, 5.9.2021. (MB)

Ann Cleare at Musikfest Berlin (c) Astrid Ackermann

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