A glorious recital by Benjamin Grosvenor opens the Live from the Barbican spring/summer 2021 series

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Schubert/Liszt, Chopin, Ginastera, Ravel: Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) with Lucy Parham (presenter). Livestreamed from the Barbican Hall, London (click here), 10.3.2021. (CC)

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) (c) Mark Allan/Barbican

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Beautiful, powerful concert performed at the highest level by the Castalian String Quartet at Stoller Hall

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Haydn, Janáček, Adès, The Polyphonic Concert Club – Castalian String Quartet: Sini Simonen, Daniel Roberts (violin), Charlotte Bonneton (viola), Christopher Graves (cello). Performed at Stoller Hall, Manchester, 21.3.2021, and broadcast via Vimeo, 8.4.2021 (CC)

Castalian String Quartet at Stoller Hall

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This Bach B minor Mass is arguably VOCES8’s finest achievement to date

United KingdomUnited Kingdom LIVE From London Spring – Bach’s Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Carolyn Sampson, Eleonore Cockerham (sopranos), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Jeremy Budd (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass-baritone), Rachel Podger (guest leader). Academy of Ancient Music / Barnaby Smith (conductor). Church of St Bartholomew the Great, London, 4.2.2021, and streamed 5.4.2021. (CC)

Bach’s B minor Mass in London’s Church of St Bartholomew the Great
(c) Colin Steen

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Socially distanced televised Messiah from English National Opera suggests spring and hope are in the air

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah, HWV 56: Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Nadine Benjamin (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), John Findon (tenor), Anthony Gregory (tenor), William Thomas (bass), Nardus Williams (soprano) and Benson Wilson (baritone), Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Laurence Cummings (harpsichord/conductor). Broadcast on BBC Two, 3.4.2021. (JPr)

Laurence Cummings conducts the ENO Orchestra © Tristram Kenton

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VOCES8’s Fauré, Bach, Barber – and Elgar – Cadogan Hall concert is warming, consoling and beautiful

United KingdomUnited Kingdom LIVE From London Spring – Fauré, Bach, Barber: Andrea Haines (soprano), Jonathan Pacey (bass), VOCES8, English Chamber Orchestra / Barnaby Smith (conductor). Streamed from the Cadogan Hall, London, 2.4.2021. (CC)

VOCES8, English Chamber Orchestra and Barnaby Smith (conductor)

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s remarkably powerful St John Passion streamed from Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bach’s St John Passion, BWV 245: Nick Pritchard {Evangelist}, William Thomas (Christus}, Alex Ashworth (Pilatus), Julia Doyle (soprano), Alexander Chance (countertenor), Peter Davoren (tenor), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, streamed on DG Stage (click here) 2.4.2021. (CC)

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Bacewicz to the future as Hallé debutant Delyana Lazarova also conducts Copland and Shostakovich

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bacewicz, Copland, Shostakovich: Hallé / Delyana Lazarova (conductor). Broadcast (directed by Jonathan Haswell) from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and streamed on 1.4.2021. (JPr)

Delyana Lazarova conducts the Hallé

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