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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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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Dame Emma Kirkby and Friends beautifully perform a programme of high imagination and distinction

United KingdomUnited Kingdom LIVE from London SpringAbiding Love: Dame Emma Kirkby and Friends (Dame Emma Kirkby [soprano] with Toby Carr [lute/theorbo/guitar], Helen Charlston, Patricia Hammond [mezzo], Christopher Glynn [piano], Aileen Henry [baroque harp], Matt Redman [accordion, banjo, guitar, organ]). Livestreamed from the VOCES8 Centre, London, 14.3.2021. (CC)

Dame Emma Kirkby and Friends

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Conor Mitchell’s new opera for children is not without a dark side

IrelandIreland Conor Mitchell’s The Musician: A Horror Opera for Children: Soloists, The Belfast Ensemble / Tom Brady (Conductor), Livestreamed from Belfast’s Lyric Theatre as part of 2021 Belfast Children’s Festival, 12.3.2021. (RB)

Conor Mitchell’s The Musician: A Horror Opera for Children (c) Neil Harrison

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Getting virtually around the Ring with San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera’s Ring Festival passes the halfway mark More than halfway through San Francisco Opera’s virtual Ring Festival, it is clear that a good deal of thought and creativity have gone into it, even beyond director Francesca Zambello’s decidedly American take on Richard Wagner’s four-opera marathon. Before the wrap-up on the weekend of 27-28 March, … Read more

Yekaterinburg’s Myaskovsky. Dialogues closes on a stirring note with the great tragic Sixth Symphony

Russian FederationRussian Federation Myaskovsky. Dialogues – A Dialogue with Fate: Alexander Ramm (cellist), Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Choir, Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Liss (conductor). Livestream on the Virtual Concert Hall from the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Hall, Yekaterinburg, 13.3.2021. (GT)

Dmitry Liss

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Myaskovsky. Dialogues opens up the friendship of Prokofiev and Myaskovsky in music and words

Russian FederationRussian Federation Myaskovsky. Dialogues – Myaskovsky and Prokofiev: A Lifelong Dialogue: Maria Ostroukhova (mezzo-soprano), Yury Favorin (pianist), Konstantin Tyulkin (pianist), Boris Zyranov (actor as Prokofiev), Nikolay Rotov (actor as Myaskovsky), Livestreamed on the Virtual Concert Hall from Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Hall, Yekateringburg, 11.3.2021. (GT)

Myaskovsky and Prokofiev: A lifelong dialogue

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Tremendous performances of rarely-performed works in the opening concert of Myaskovsky. Dialogues

Russian FederationRussian Federation Myaskovsky. Dialogues – A Dialogue with Epoch: Klavdia Bashkirtseva (soprano), Alexander Trofimov (tenor), Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Quartet, Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Choir, Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Rudin (conductor). Livestreamed on the Virtual Concert Hall from the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Hall, 9.3.2021. (GT)

Myaskovsky. Dialogues in the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Hall

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