An evening of wonderful musical connections masterminded by George Benjamin

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [2] – Knussen, Purcell, Stravinsky, and Benjamin: Tamara Stefanovich (piano), Mahler Chamber Orchestra / George Benjamin (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 2.9.2021. (MB)

George Benjamin conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (c) Astrid Ackermann

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Socially distanced, semi-staged Ariadne auf Naxos in Edinburgh showcases Brenda Rae’s standout Zerbinetta

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [15] – Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos (1916 version): Soloists, Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Lothar Koenigs (conductor). Filmed (directed by Phil Glenny) at the end of August 2021 at Edinburgh Academy Junior School and streamed via ‘At Home’ (click here) from 30.8.2021. (JPr)

Edinburgh International Festival’s Ariadne auf Naxos (c) Matt Beech

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Harding and Concertgebouw demonstrate the wonders of the modern symphony orchestra at Berlin’s Musikfest

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [1] – Stravinsky, Messiaen, and Debussy: Renée Fleming (soprano), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Daniel Harding (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 31.8.2021 (MB)

Daniel Harding conducts Renée Fleming & the Concertgebouw (c) Astrid Ackermann

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Glyndebourne’s Wagner semi-staging is brought to the BBC Proms 2021 and becomes a tale of two Tristans

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [19] – Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 31.8.2021. (JPr)

Miina-Liisa Värelä (Isolde) & Karen Cargill (Brangäne) (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis give haunting performances at the Salzburg Festival

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2021 [3] – Mozart, Beethoven, Franck: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Lambert Orkis (piano). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 28.8.2021. (LV)

Anne-Sophie Mutter & Lambert Orkis at the Salzburg Festival (c) Marco Borrelli

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Performers dazzle in Anthony Cheung compositions at TIME:SPANS

United StatesUnited States TIME:SPANS [2] – ‘Anthony Cheung Portrait’: Claire Chase (flute), Miranda Cuckson (violin), Gilles Vonsattel (piano), Spektral Quartet (Maeve Feinberg & Clara Lyon [violins], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]). The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, 27.8.2021. (DS)

Anthony Cheung (c) Ben Gebo

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