Wintermezzo: Víkingur Ólafsson plays Glass, Bach and Mozart with Edward Gardner’s Bergen Philharmonic

NorwayNorway Glass/Badzura, Bach, Mozart – Víkingur Ólafsson (piano): Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner (conductor). Livestream from BergenPhiLive: Wintermezzo (click here), 7.2.2021. (CC)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano) and Edward Garner (conductor)

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Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem at Zurich Opera: extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Brahms: Lydia Teuscher (soprano), Konstantin Shushakov (baritone), Chorus of Zurich Opera, Members of the Zürcher Singakademie, (chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger), Philharmonia Zurich / Gianandrea Noseda (conductor). Zurich Opera House, 7.2.2021 livestream from Zurich Opera, live on ARTE TV, available on ARTE Mediathek as video on demand (until 6.8.2021). (JR)

Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Sondra Radvanovsky excels vocally as Imogene in Teatro di San Carlo’s concert performance of Il pirata

ItalyItaly Bellini, Il pirata (concert version): Chorus (chorus director: Gea Garatti Ansini) and Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo / Antonino Fogliani (conductor). Recorded live at Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, on 16.1.2021 and available as a livestream from 5.2.2021. (JPr)

Teatro di San Carlo’s concert performance of Il pirata

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A short but sweet opener for Salonen’s San Francisco Symphony debut

United StatesUnited States Various: Polina Sedukh (violin), members of San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (curator and music director), recorded at Davies Hall, San Francisco, and first streamed 4.2.2021. (HS)

Yun Jie Liu (viola), Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), & Barbara Bogatin (cello)

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Majestic and exceptionally accomplished Mendelssohn from Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Bryce Dessner, Mendelssohn: Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianos), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Performed at Rudolfinum, Prague, 4.2.2021 and available livestreamed (directed by Michael Beyer) on various platforms. (JPr)

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the Rudolfinum

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Watch Swan Lake ENB’s latest Ballet on Demand and see how it deserves applause and cheers in Liverpool

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s Swan Lake: Dancers of English National Ballet, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). Filmed at the Liverpool Empire on 21.11.2018 and available to rent through Ballet on Demand (click here) from 1.2.2021. (JO’D)

Jurgita Dronina (Odette) and Isaac Hernández (Siegfried) © Laurent Liotardo

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Absorbing 18th-century program experienced through the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 21st-century technology

United StatesUnited States Various: Philippe Tondre (oboe), Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), recorded in November 2020 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, and reviewed as a 21.1.2021 livestream from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Digital Stage. (BJ)

Philippe Tondre (oboe) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) (c) Jeff Fusco

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Piacenza’s Gianni Schicchi is an entertaining hour’s music and drama, to remind us of Puccini’s genius

ItalyItaly Puccini, Gianni Schicchi: Soloists, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana / Massimiliano Stefanelli (conductor). Performed at Teatro Municipale, Piacenza, Italy, and livestreamed (directed by Fabio Dolci) on 22.1.2021 and available to view on YouTube. (CC)

Teatro Municipale’s Gianni Schicchi

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