Simon Rattle and the LSO make a musical virtue of spatial separation at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms Live – Giovanni Gabrieli, Elgar, Beethoven, Kurtág, Adès, Vaughan Williams: Mitsuko Uchida (piano), London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four, 30.8.2020. (CS)

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

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One of the most exciting of up and coming vocal ensembles, The Gesualdo Six, perform Live from London

United KingdomUnited Kingdom VOCES8 Live from London – Fading: The Gesualdo Six (Guy James, Andrew Leslie Cooper, [countertenors], Joseph Wicks, Josh Cooter [tenors], Michael Craddock [baritone], Sam Mitchell [bass]), Owain Park (director). VOCES8 Centre, London, 29.8.2020. (CC)

The Gesualdo Six

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‘First Night’ of the Proms 2020: a wonderful performance by the BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms Live – Hannah Kendall, Whitacre, Copland, Beethoven: Alison Teale (cor anglais), Phillip Cobb (trumpet), BBC Singers (conductor: Nicholas Chalmers), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Two, 28.8.2020. (CS)

BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo
(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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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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