Sir Simon Rattle makes a persuasive case for Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri at the BBC Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 49 – R. Schumann, Das Paradies und die Peri: Soloists, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London 22.8.2023. (CK)

Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri at the BBC Proms © BBC/Mark Allan

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Excellent performances of Ligeti and Richard Strauss from Daniel Harding and the Vienna Philharmonic

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2023 [8] – Ligeti and R. Strauss: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Harding (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 21.8.2023. (MB)

Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra © SF/Marco Borrelli

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Salzburg’s contemporary new production of Le nozze di Figaro only partly meets expectations

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [6] – Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Raphaël Pichon (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 20.8.2023. (MB)

Sabine Devieilhe (Susanna) and Krzysztof Bączyk (Figaro) © SF/Matthias Horn

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Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigòlo star in Verona’s unashamedly traditional Tosca

ItalyItaly Puccini’s Tosca at the 100th Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2023 [2]: 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 Tiziano Mancini) at the Arena di Verona on 5.8.2023 and available on ARTE Concert until 12.11.2023.  (JPr)

Vittorio Grigòlo (Cavaradossi) © Ennevi Foto

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After masterful Sibelius, Oslo Phil’s Shostakovich and Yuja Wang’s Ravel in the best Usher Hall concert so far

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [16] – Gupta, Sibelius, Mahler: Johanna Wallroth (soprano), Oslo Philharmonic / Klaus Mäkelä (conductor). Usher Hall, 21.8.2023. (SRT)

Klaus Mäkelä conducts the Oslo Philharmonic at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh © Andrew Perry

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