Rewarding Lieder recital in Edinburgh from Gerald Finley and Julius Drake

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [12] – Schumann & Schubert: Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), Julius Drake (piano). Old College Quad, 23.8.2021. (SRT)

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone) and Julius Drake (piano) © Matt Beech

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Rattle reveals the essence of a trio of Stravinsky symphonies

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [14] – Stravinsky: London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 22.8.2021. (CS)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Stimulating Rameau, but a perverse view of Mozart’s Requiem at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  BBC Proms 2021 [13] – Rameau, Bologne, and Mozart: Samantha Clarke (soprano), Claudia Huckle (contralto), Nick Pritchard (tenor), William Thomas (bass), The National Youth Chamber Choir, Britten Sinfonia / David Bates (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 20.8.2021. (MB)

Samantha Clarke (soprano) (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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The Dunedin Consort in Errollyn Wallen’s original and highly effective take on Dido and Aeneas  

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [11] – Errollyn Wallen, Dido’s Ghost (concert staging): Dunedin Consort / John Butt (conductor). Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 21.8.2021. (SRT)

Golda Schultz (Dido/Anna) and Matthew Brook (Aeneas) © Ryan Buchanan

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Nevill Holt’s Don Giovanni embraces folk beliefs in a personification of lust

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Nevill Holt Opera 2021 [2] – Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus and Shadwell Ensemble / Finnegan Downie Dear (conductor). Nevill Holt, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 19.8.2021. (CP)

Dingle Yandell (Commendatore) (c) Lloyd Winters

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The LSO’s Edinburgh appearance is something of an anti-climax

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [10] – Ibert, Martinů, Strauss: London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 19.8.2021. (SRT)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Ryan Buchanan

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