Centenary Bayreuth Ring revisited: a prosaic staging is well-acted, though the singing is variable

GermanyGermany Wagner, Siegfried: Soloists, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 28.8.2020. (JPr)

Manfred Jung (Siegfried) and Heinz Zednik (Mime)

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100th Salzburg Festival: Garanča’s Wagner is impressive and so is Thielemann and the VPO’s Bruckner

AustriaAustria 100th Salzburg Festival – Wagner & Bruckner: Elīna Garanča (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Performance of 22.8.2020 reviewed as an Arte Concert free live stream from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, on 26.8.2020. (JPr)

Elīna Garanča and Christian Thielemann (c) Marco Borrelli

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Forty years on, Patrice Chéreau’s Bayreuth Die Walküre is just an upstairs, downstairs, costume drama

GermanyGermany Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 26.8.2020. (JPr)

Patrice Chéreau’s Die Walküre final scene

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Aspen Music Festival: Hadelich handles both ends of the recital dance

United StatesUnited States Aspen Music Festival – Various: Augustin Hadelich (violin and piano), performance recorded at Hadelich’s home in Connecticut and presented virtually by Aspen Music Festival, 23.8.2020. (HS)

Augustin Hadelich accompanies himself

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EIF 2020’s My Light Shines On: is it better than nothing?

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2020 – My Light Shines On(SRT)

My Light Shines On – RSNO and Thomas Søndergård (conductor) © EIF

Mahler – Symphony No.7: Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Thomas Søndergård (conductor). Reviewed on the EIF’s YouTube channel from the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 20.8.2020

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.2: Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Paul Lewis (piano & director) Reviewed on the EIF’s YouTube channel from the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 20.8.2020

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Aspen Music Festival: A dizzying Beethoven piano sonata from Andreas Haefliger

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Aspen Music Festival – Beethoven: Andreas Haefliger (piano), world premiere of a performance recorded in Uri, Switzerland, for an upcoming movie, presented virtually by Aspen Music Festival, 16.8.2020. (HS)

Andreas Haefliger at the Aspen Music Festival

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