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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Bon spectacle! Paris Opera Ballet’s Opening Gala 2021 at Palais Garnier is exactly that

FranceFrance Paris Opera Ballet’s Opening Gala: Etoiles, Premier Dancers, Corps de Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet School’s students, The Paris Opera Orchestra / Vello Pähn (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Floris Bernard and Jean-Luc Antoine) from the Palais Garnier, Paris, on 30.1.2021. (JO’D)

Défilé du Ballet at Paris Opera Ballet’s Opening Gala (c) Julien Benhamou

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RSNO and Anna-Maria Helsing show music by Richard Thompson and Florence Price deserves to be heard more

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Richard Thompson, Florence Price, Dvořák: Sharon Roffman (violinist), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Anna-Maria Helsing (conductor), Livestream from the RSNO Centre, Glasgow, 29.1.2021. (GT)

Anna-Maria Helsing (conductor) and RSNO

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The fine staging and performance of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg in Berlin

GermanyGermany Zemlinsky, Der Zwerg: Soloists, Ladies of the Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Filmed (directed by Götz Filenius) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in March 2013. Reviewed when streamed in January 2021 and the earlier published review from a performance on 12.4.2019. (JP) (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Der Zwerg (c) Monika Ritterhaus

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