David Lang’s contemporary re-take on Fidelio fails to convince at the Barbican

13/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom David Lang, prisoner of the state (European premiere): Soloists, BBC Singers, Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 11.1.2020. (CC)

Jarrett Ott (The Prisoner), Alan Oke (The Governor) Julie Mathevet (The Assistant)
(c) BBC/Mark Allan

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A Dvořák rarity scores over subdued Janáček in Cleveland

13/01/2020

United StatesUnited States Dvořák, Mozart, Janáček: Yefim Bronfman (piano), Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, 9.1.2020. (MSJ)

The Cleveland Orchestra & Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) (c) Roger Mastroianni

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason excels in Saint-Saëns at the Fairfield Halls

13/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Bizet: Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), London Mozart Players / Jaime Martín (conductor), Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 12.1.2020. (CC)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), London Mozart Players & Jaime Martín (conductor)

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Paavo Järvi continues his impressive Tchaikovsky cycle with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

10/01/2020

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Bartók, Tchaikovsky: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Paavo Järvi (conductor), Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 9.1.2020. (JR)

Paavo Järvi (c) Priska Ketterer

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Hänsel und Gretel is a lovely way to open the operatic year at Deutsche Oper

08/01/2020

GermanyGermany Humperdinck, Hänsel und Gretel: Soloists, Children’s Chorus (chorus director: Christian Lindhorst) and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 4.1.2020. (MB)

Hänsel und Gretel © Bettina Stöß

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Homeward bound with Chopin and Szymanowski at the Brooklyn Art Song Society

06/01/2020

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society Home III – Chopin and Szymanowski: Amy Owens (soprano), Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Michael Brofman, Spencer Myer, Miori Sugiyama (piano). Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, 3.1.2020. (RP)

Chopin and Syzmanowski © Joan Chiverton

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NYO at the Barbican Hall: a musical celebration of the power of youth

06/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Hanns Eisler, Britten, Shostakovich: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain / Jaime Martín (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 5.1.2019. (CC)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain & Jaime Martín (conductor) © Jason Alden

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Barenboim leads a profound anticipation of the Berlin Beethoven 250th anniversary year

03/01/2020

GermanyGermany Mozart and Beethoven: Elena Stikhina (soprano), Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo-soprano), Andreas Schager (tenor), René Pape (bass), Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (piano & conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 31.12.2019. (MB)

Daniel Barenboim © Pablo Castagnola

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