Aspen 5: Violin Concertos from Fletcher and Ligeti, Thrilling Brass Quintets



United StatesUnited States Various composers, Aspen Music Festival [5] Read more

Elegant and Charming L’elisir d’amore At Close Quarters


SwedenSweden Donizetti: Soloists, Orchestra / Bengt-Åke Lundin (conductor, arrangements and synthesizer). Opera på Skäret, Kopparberg 14.7.2018. (GF)

L to R: Il Hong (Dulcamara), Susanna Andersson (Adina), Johan Wållberg (Belcore),
Rebecca Fjällsby (Giannetta) © Opera på Skäret

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Against All the Odds Søndergård’s Proms ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ Wins in the End



United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 11 – Mahler: Soloists, Southend Boys’ Choir, Southend Girls’ Choir, BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thomas Søndergård (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London 22.7.2018. (JPr)

Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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A Somewhat Patchwork Beethoven Ninth at the Proms


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 9 – War and Peace: Ešenvalds, Britten, Beethoven: Erin Wall (soprano), Judit Kutasi (mezzo-soprano), Russell Thomas (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (baritone), BBC Proms Youth Choir, World Orchestra for Peace / Donald Runnicles and Thomas Halsey (Ešenvalds). Royal Albert Hall, London, 21.7.2018. (CC)

Erin Wall (soprano), Judit Kutasi (mezzo-soprano), Russell Thomas (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (baritone) © BBC Proms/Chris Christodoulou

Erin Wall (soprano), Judit Kutasi (mezzo-soprano), Russell Thomas (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (baritone)
© BBC Proms/Chris Christodoulou

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A Welcome Chance at the Proms to Hear the Original Version of Schumann’s Fourth Symphony



United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 8 – Lili Boulanger, Mendelssohn, Morfydd Owen and Schumann: Bertrand Chamayou (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thomas Søndergård (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 20.7.2018. (AS)

Thomas Søndergård (c) Andy Buchanan

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The Full Monty – Bernstein’s Mass at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival


United StatesUnited States 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival – Bernstein, Mass: Soloists, Concert Chorale of New York, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra / Louis Langrée (conductor), Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, New York, 18.7.2018. (RP)

Nmon Ford (Celebrant) & dancers in Bernstein’s Mass at the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival
© Richard Termine

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Sakari Oramo’s Way with Turangalîla-Symphonie is Not the Full Story



United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 6Gershwin and Messiaen: Angela Hewitt (piano), Cynthia Millar (ondes Martinot), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 18.7.2018. (AS)

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Glyndebourne’s Proms Pelléas Baffles Watching Audience, Enchants Listeners at Home



United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 5 – Debussy: Soloists, The Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 17.7.2018. (JPr)

Christina Gansch (Mélisande), Christopher Purves (Golaud) & John Chest (Pelléas)
(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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