The LSO were on great form when let loose on Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11 in Edinburgh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [7] – Rachmaninov, Shostakovich: Mikhail Pletnev (piano), London Symphony Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda (conductor). Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 14.8.2023. (SRT)

The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda © Mark Allan

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The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s Adagio from Mendelsohn’s Third is their crowning Proms achievement

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 37 – Weber, Schumann, Mendelssohn: Sir András Schiff (piano), Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 12.8.2023. (CC)

Iván Fischer conducts pianist Sir András Schiff and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © BBC/Mark Allan

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Project Smok’s utterly joyous concert of Scottish neo-trad music at the Hub

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [6] – Traditional music played by Project Smok: Project Smok (Ali Levack [piper], Ewan Baird [bodhran] and Pablo Lafuente [guitar]). The Hub, Edinburgh, 12.8.2023. (SRT)

Project Smok

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The exceptional Yuja Wang is a revelation at the BBC Proms both on the stage and off it

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 27 – Jimmy López Bellido, Rachmaninov, Walton: Yuja Wang (piano), Thomas Hampson (baritone), BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus director: Neil Ferris) and Orchestra / Klaus Mäkelä (conductor). Recorded (directed by John Williams) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 4.8.2023 and shown on BBC Four. (JPr)

Belshazzar’s Feast at the BBC Proms 2023 © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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A feast of sonorities from Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 35 – Berg and Mahler: Leila Josefowicz (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 10.8.2023. (CK)

Sakari Oramo conducts violinist Leila Josefowicz and the BBC SO © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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András Schiff is full of surprises at the Edinburgh International Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [5] – Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven: Sir András Schiff (piano). Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 11.8.2023. (SRT)

Sir András Schiff (during a previous concert) © Yutaka Suzuki

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John Williams returns to Tanglewood, while Jussen brothers and BSO enchant in Mendelssohn and Berlioz

United StatesUnited States 2023 Tanglewood [5] – John Williams Film Night: Elita Kang (violin), BU Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Vocal Program Chorus (director: Penelope Bitzas / conductor: Katie Woolf), Boston Pops Orchestra / David Newman and John Williams (conductors). Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, 5.8.2023. (CSa)

John Williams conducts Elita Kang playing the Theme from Schindler’s List at Film Night © Hilary Scott

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