William Kentridge’s Met Wozzeck pits Berg’s timeless characters against a backdrop of the First World War

14/01/2020

United StatesUnited States Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 11.1.2020. (JPr)

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) and Elza van den Heever (Marie)
(c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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In San Francisco, plenty to chew on in new Rilke song cycle from Tilson Thomas

14/01/2020

United StatesUnited States Berlioz, Tilson Thomas, Mahler, Ravel: Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano), Ryan McKinny (bass-baritone), San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 10.1.2020. (HS)

Sasha Cooke (c) Stephanie Girard

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The BBC Phil’s Blackburn concert proved to be the ideal winter warmer

13/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Humperdinck, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák: Aleksey Semenenko (violin), BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Holly Mathieson (conductor). King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 10.1.2020. (MC)

Aleksey Semenenko © Alexander Basta

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David Lang’s contemporary re-take on Fidelio fails to convince at the Barbican

13/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom David Lang, prisoner of the state (European premiere): Soloists, BBC Singers, Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 11.1.2020. (CC)

Jarrett Ott (The Prisoner), Alan Oke (The Governor) Julie Mathevet (The Assistant)
(c) BBC/Mark Allan

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A Dvořák rarity scores over subdued Janáček in Cleveland

13/01/2020

United StatesUnited States Dvořák, Mozart, Janáček: Yefim Bronfman (piano), Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, 9.1.2020. (MSJ)

The Cleveland Orchestra & Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) (c) Roger Mastroianni

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason excels in Saint-Saëns at the Fairfield Halls

13/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Bizet: Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), London Mozart Players / Jaime Martín (conductor), Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 12.1.2020. (CC)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), London Mozart Players & Jaime Martín (conductor)

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Men take centre stage in English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire

11/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire: Dancers of English National Ballet, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). London Coliseum, 8.1.2020. (JO’D)

Erina Takahashi (Medora), Francesco Gabriele Frola (Conrad), and Jeffrey Cirio (Ali)
(c) Laurent Liotardo

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Collins and Hough combine hearts and minds: definitive Brahms at Wigmore Hall

10/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Brahms and Beethoven: Michael Collins (clarinet), Stephen Hough (piano) Castalian String Quartet (Sini Simonen, Daniel Roberts [violins], Charlotte Bonneton [viola], Christopher Graves [cello]), Wigmore Hall, London, 6.1.2020. (CSa)

Michael Collins © Ben Ealovega

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