Vikingur Ólafsson, Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia have resonance and empathy at the BBC Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [10]: Prokofiev, Bach, Mozart, Shostakovich: Vikingur Ólafsson (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra / Paavo Järvi (conductor). Performance at Royal Albert Hall, London, 14.8.2021 and viewed on BBC Sounds. (CC)

Paavo Järvi conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra (c) Mark Allan

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Fascinating, stimulating tour of the seasons from I Fagiolini with a little help from their friends

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Various, LIVE from London Summer 2021 [4] – Au Naturel: I Fagiolini / Robert Hollingworth (director) with VOCES8 and Rebecca Lea (speaker). Livestreamed from VOCES8 Centre, London, 14.8.2021. (CC)

I Fagliolini and VOCES8 rehearsing

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Conducting the Vienna Philharmonic at Salzburg, Thielemann’s Bruckner is as special as expected

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2021 [1] – Mahler and Bruckner: Elína Garanča (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Performance at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, recorded (directed Elisabeth Malzer) August 2021 and streamed on ARTE Concert until 4.11.2021. (JPr)

Elína Garanča (mezzo-soprano) sing the Rückert-Lieder

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Exquisite musicianship at the Chamber Music Northwest’s summer festival from Davóne Tines and the Brentano Quartet

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Various, ‘A Journey into the Light’: Davóne Tines (bass-baritone), Paul Watkins (cello), Gloria Chien (piano), Brentano String Quartet, Chamber Music Northwest, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 25.7.2021. Available for streaming through 31.8.2021 on 2021 AT-HOME Festival. (RP)

Davóne Tines (bass-baritone) © Tom Emerson

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Esa-Pekka Salonen crafts a ‘Symphony Concert in Four Movements’ for Philadelphia

United StatesUnited States Various, ‘An Evening with Esa-Pekka Salonen’: Yefim Bronfman (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Recorded at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, on 5.8.2021, streamed 5-12.8.2021 and reviewed on 6.8.2021. (BJ)

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra (c) Jeff Fusco

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Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras unite for a virtual concert performance

AustraliaAustralia SingaporeSingapore Musical Friendship: J. C. Bach, Finsterer: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Brett Kelly (conductor), Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne. Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Joshua Tan (conductor). Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore. (Musical Friendship is available on Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channel and Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page). (RP)

Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras

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At the Proms there is Hope for the future from Jonathon Heyward and the National Youth Orchestra

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [5] – Laura Jurd, Prokofiev, Jessie Montgomery, Beethoven: Nicola Benedetti (violin), National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain / Jonathon Heyward (conductor). 7.8.2021 performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London, and reviewed when shown (directed by Matthew Woodward) on BBC Four. (JPr)

Jonathon Heywood (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Bayerische Staatsoper’s The Turning Point: in Munich is it the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

GermanyGermany Munich Opera Festival 2021 – The Turning Point: A Final Evening of Endings and Beginnings: Soloists, Nikolaus Bachler (recitation), Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Ivor Bolton, Asher Fisch, Kent Nagano, Kirill Petrenko (conductors). Performance of 30.7.2021 at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper and streamed (directed by Christoph Engel) from 3.8. to 10.8.2021. (JPr)

Ivor Bolton conducts Christian Gerhaher singing ‘Possente spirto’ 

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