Pure chamber music in a glorious setting from Ben Goldscheider and friends

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2023 [1] – R. Schumann, Phibbs, Brahms: Ben Goldscheider (horn), Magnus Johnston (violin), Guy Johnston (cello), Tom Poster (piano). Marble Hall, Hatfield House, 29.9.2023. (CC)

The musicians in the Marble Hall of Hatfield House © Nicky Thomas

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10 Days in a Madhouse premieres at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O

United StatesUnited States Festival O23 [2] – Rene Orth, 10 Days in a Madhouse: Soloists, Opera Philadelphia Chorus and Orchestra / Daniela Candillari (conductor). Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, 23.9.2023. (RP)

Will Liverman (Dr. Josiah Blackwell), Kiera Duffy (Nellie) & Lauren Pearl (Nurse/Matron) © Dominic M. Mercier

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Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna and Luca Salsi are outstanding in Verona Opera Festival’s Tosca

ItalyItaly Puccini’s Tosca at the 100th Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2023 [3]: Soloists, Children’s Choir (conductor: Elisabetta Zucca), Chorus (chorus director: Roberto Gabbiani) and Orchestra of Arena di Verona / Francesco Ivan Ciampa (conductor). Recorded (directed by Barbara Napolitano) at the Arena di Verona on 29.7.2023 and available on RaiPlay for a limited time. (JPr)

From l-r: Carlo Bosi (Spoletta), Roberto Alagna (Cavaradossi), Aleksandra Kurzak (Tosca) and Luca Salsi (Scarpia) © Ennevi Foto

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Persian music takes centre stage at Musikfest Berlin 2023

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin 2023 [5] – Schweinitz and Persian music improvisations: Helge Slaatto (violin), Frank Reinecke (double bass), Majeed Qadianie (tār, setār), Niloufar Mohseni (tombak). Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin, 15.9.2023. (MB)

Majeed Qadianie and Niloufar Mohseni playing Persian music in Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal © Fabian Schellhorn/BF

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The Prommers revel as the Last Night of the Proms 2023 is a proper party once again

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 71 – Last Night of the Proms 2023: Lise Davidsen (soprano), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), BBC Singers (chorus master: Nicholas Chalmers), BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus master: Neil Ferris), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 9.9.2023. (JR)

Soprano Lise Davidsen sings at the Last Night of the Proms 2023 © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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