A splendid contribution to Musikfest Berlin from Peter Eötvös and Ensemble Musikfabrik

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [4] – Lachenmann, Hosokawa, and Eötvös: Ryoko Aoki (Noh-performer), Mayumi Miyata (shō), Ulrich Löffler (piano), Helen Bledsoe (flute), Dirk Rothbrust (percussion), Ensemble Musikfabrik / Peter Eötvös (conductor), Kammermusiksaal, Berlin, 8.9.2019. (MB)

Peter Eötvös (conductor) and Ensemble Musikfabrik (c) Adam Janisch

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Lucerne sees the final farewell from Bernard Haitink after 65 extraordinary years of conducting

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Lucerne Festival [7] – Beethoven, Bruckner: Emanuel Ax (piano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernard Haitink (conductor), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum (KKL) Luzern, Lucerne, 5.9.2019. (JR)

Bernard Haitink conducts the VPO (c) Lucerne Festival/Priska Ketterer

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A fascinating, stimulating Berlin programme from Ensemble Modern

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [3] – Varèse, Neuwirth, and Andriessen: Hermann Kretzchmar (piano), Catherine Milliken (speaker), Norbert Ommer (sound direction), Chorwerk Ruhr (chorus director: Klaas Stok), Ensemble Modern / Brad Lubman (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 4.9.2019. (MB)

Ensemble Modern at Musikfest Berlin © Adam Janisch

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads a Berlioz performance of awe-inspiring scope at the Proms

United StatesUnited States BBC PROM 59 – Berlioz: Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 2.9.2019. (CC)

Michael Spyres (Cellini) and Sophia Burgos (Teresa) (c) Chris Christodoulou

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An uneven concert performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten at Musikfest Berlin

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [2] – Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten: Soloists, Children’s Choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (chorus director, Vinzenz Weissenburger), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director, Benjamin Goodson), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin, 1.9.2019. (MB)

Musikfest Berlin’s Die Frau ohne Schatten (c) Monika Karczmarczyk

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