Auryn Quartet’s Mondsee Musiktage farewell: Mendelssohn’s Octet and other chamber music magic

AustriaAustria Mondsee Musiktage 2021 – ‘Lehrer und Schüler’: Isabelle Engels and Lisa Maria Schumann (violins), Matthias Buchholz (viola), Irena Josifoska (cello), Annika Treutler (piano), Auryn Quartet (Matthias Lingenfelder, Jens Oppermann [violins], Stewart Eaton [viola], Andreas Arndt [cello]). Schloss Mondsee, Mondsee, 30.8.2021. (LV)

The Auryn Quartet and friends play Mendelssohn’s Octet (c) Willi Pleschberger

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It was a privilege to hear Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [22] – Handel, Bach: Anne Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 1.9.2021. (KM)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Salzburg Festival lovefest for Herbert Blomstedt

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2021 [4] – Honegger, Brahms: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 29.8.2021. (LV, JP)

Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Vienna Philharmonic (c) Marco Borrelli

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Like the good old days: a symphony, an overture and a concerto from Bychkov, Gerstein and BBC SO

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [21] – Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn: Kirill Gerstein (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 3.9.2021. (CC)

Kirill Gerstein (piano) (c) Chris Christodoulou

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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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