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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Superb music-making from Isserlis and Rushdie Momen at Wigmore Hall

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Kabalevsky, Janáček, Shostakovich: Steven Isserlis (cello), Mishka Rushdie Momen (piano). Livestreamed from Wigmore Hall, London, on 2.2.2021. (CS)

Mishka Rushdie Momen and Steven Isserlis at Wigmore Hall

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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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Kirill Petrenko masterfully manages music by Thorvaldsdóttir, Prokofiev, and Suk in the latest Berlin Phiharmonic concert

GermanyGermany Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Prokofiev, Suk: Daniil Trifonov (pianist), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko (conductor). Livestream in the Digital Concert Hall (click here) from the Philharmonie Berlin, 29.1.2021. (GT)

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

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Robert Carsen’s funny and not-too-serious Die Zauberflöte is performed in Paris during lockdown

FranceFrance Mozart, Die Zauberflöte (La Flûte enchantée, The Magic Flute): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Performed at – and livestreamed (directed by Jérémie Cuvillier) – from Opéra Bastille, Paris, on 22.1.2021. (JPr)

Robert Carsen’s Die Zauberflöte final scene

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Two views of a short and satisfying concert from Hélène Grimaud, Dallas Symphony and conductor Nicholas McGegan

United StatesUnited States Mozart: Hélène Grimaud (piano), Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan (conductor).  Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA. Performance from 14.1.2021 livestreamed on DSO’s Next Stage Digital Concert Series (click here) and on DG Stage (click here) 29.1.2021. (CC) (RP)

Helene Grimaud (piano) (c) Brandon Wade

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