Opera Holland Park’s new film of William Walton’s The Bear is thoroughly entertaining

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Walton, The Bear: Soloists, Members of City of London Sinfonia (Fran Hills [piano], Ruth Funnell [violin], Christopher Rawley [bassoon], Stephanie Beck [harp] and Glyn Matthews [percussion]) / John Andrews (conductor). Filmed at Stone House during April 2020 and streaming from 9 to 13.11.2021 (click here). (JPr)

Richard Burkhard (Smirnov) and Clare Presland (Popova)

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Get sucked into Gerald Barry’s musical vortex by this new film of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

IrelandIreland Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Irish Chamber Orchestra / André de Ridder (conductor). Filmed (directed by Hugh O’Conor) at the National Opera House, Wexford and streaming (click here) from 5.11 to 5.12.2021. (JPr)

Claudia Boyle (Alice)

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Domingo Hindoyan’s first season as RLPO’s Chief Conductor begins with wonderful Sierra and Beethoven

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Roberto Sierra, Beethoven: Anita Hartig (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo), Andrew Staples (tenor), Tariq Nazmi (bass), Members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Domingo Hindoyan (conductor). Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 26.10.2021, reviewed as a RLPO stream (available on demand here). (CC)

Domingo Hindoyan with members of the RLP choir & orchestra (c) Mark McNulty

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Valery Gergiev gives a terrific Mariinsky performance of Semyon Kotko Prokofiev’s neglected masterpiece

Russian FederationRussian Federation Prokofiev, Semyon Kotko: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev (conductor). Mariinsky II, St Petersburg, 23.10.2021. (GT)

Mariinsky Theatre’s Semyon Kotko (c) Natasha Razina

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Mahler is the highlight of Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Sholto Kynoch’s memorable recital at Oxford

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Oxford Lieder Festival 2021 [4]: Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano). Performed at St John the Evangelist, Oxford, 21.10.2021 and livestreamed by TallWall Media (directed by Simon Wall). (JPr)

Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano)

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Mariinsky Theatre’s The Fiery Angel shows that it is still as shocking as it was thirty years ago

Russian FederationRussian Federation Prokofiev, The Fiery Angel: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Christian Knapp (conductor). Mariinsky II, St Petersburg, 5.10.2021. (GT)

Mariinsky Theatre’s The Fiery Angel

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Wigmore Hall’s In the footsteps of… was a beautifully curated, thought-provoking and inspiring programme

United KingdomUnited Kingdom In the footsteps of…: Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano), Sarah Daramy-Williams (violin), Allyson Devenish (piano), Cathy Tyson (narrator). Livestreamed (Darius Weinberg director/producer) on 14.11.2021 from Wigmore Hall, London, and available until 13.11.2021. (JPr)

Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano)

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Terrific Mariinsky performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s bizarre and surreally fantastical Christmas Eve

Russian FederationRussian Federation Rimsky-Korsakov, Christmas Eve: Soloists, Mariinsky Opera Chorus (and Ensemble of soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers) and Orchestra / Gurgen Petrosyan (conductor). Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 30.9.2021. (GT)

Mariinsky Theatre’s Christmas Eve (c) Natasha Razina

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