Excellent programming from Gergiev, Kavakos and the Mariinsky at Lucerne Festival

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Lucerne Festival [6] – Debussy, Sibelius, Chausson, Ravel, Shostakovich: Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), Lucerne, 31.8.2019. (JR)

Valery Gergiev (c) Manuel Jans/Lucerne Festival

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Straight from the heart – Berkshire Opera Festival’s frothy, fantastic Don Pasquale

United StatesUnited States Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, Berkshire Opera Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Brian Garman (conductor), Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, 27.8.2019. (RP)

Craig Colclough (Don Pasquale) & Emmett O’Hanlon (Malatesta) in Don Pasquale
© Ken Howard

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An Inspiring Evening of English Music at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC PROM 53 – Vaughan Williams, Wood, Elgar: Stacey Tappan (soprano), Anthony Gregory (tenor), Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 29.8.2019. (CC)

Stacey Tappan (soprano) (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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The Multi-Faceted Musicianship of Ryan Wigglesworth Showcased at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC PROM 52Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wigglesworth and Stravinsky: Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Britten Sinfonia / Ryan Wigglesworth (piano/conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 28.8.2019. (AS)

Ryan Wigglesworth (c) Benjamin Ealovega

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Outstanding Berg from Kirill Petrenko in Salzburg

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [11] – Berg and Beethoven: Marlis Petersen (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (contralto), Benjamin Bruns (tenor), Kwangchul Youn (bass), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director: Gijs Leenaars), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 25.8.2019. (MB)

Kirill Petrenko and the BPO (c) Salzburger Festspiele/Marco Borrelli

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Daniel Barenboim’s Way with Mahler Remains Not Completely Convincing

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [10] – Mahler: Okka von der Damerau (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 22.8.2019. (MB)

Okka von der Damerau (c) Michael Lie

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The BSO’s Profound and Powerful Season Finale at Tanglewood

United StatesUnited States Tanglewood [9] – Schoenberg, Beethoven: Nicole Cabell (soprano), J’Nai Bridges (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Morris Robinson (bass), Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra / James Burton, Giancarlo Guerrero (conductors), Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, 25.8.2019. (RP)

Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor) with the Boston Symphony Orchestra © Hilary Scott

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The Amatis Trio Celebrate Robert & Clara Schumann at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC PROMS AT … CADOGAN HALL 6 – Robert & Clara Schumann: Amatis Trio (Lea Hausmann [violin], Samuel Shepherd [cello], Mengjie Han [piano]), Cadogan Hall, London, 26.8.2019. (CS)

Amatis Trio (c) Marco Borggreve

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