John Storgårds leads a fine account of Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust in Berlin

GermanyGermany Schumann, Szenen aus Goethes Faust, WoO3: Soloists, RIAS Chamber Choir (chorus director: Gregor Meyer), Children’s Choir of the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gymnasium, Berlin (chorus directors: Jan Olberg and Vera Zweiniger). Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / John Storgårds (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin, 16.2.2020. (MB)

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Rhythmic precision at the heart of Kirill Petrenko’s concert with the Berlin Philharmonic

GermanyGermany Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov; Grisey: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko (conductor); Raphael Haeger, Simon Rössler, Jan Schlichte, Wieland Welzel, Matthias Kessler, Laura Melero Beviá (percussionists) / James Wood (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 15.2.2020. (MB)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Kirill Petrenko (conductor) (c) Marco Borrelli

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A provocative approach to Beethoven and Olli Mustonen’s new Sextet at BTVN WOCHE 2020

GermanyGermany BTVN WOCHE [4] – Beethoven and Mustonen: Meta4 (Antti Tikkanen, Mina Pensola [violins], Atte Kilpeläinen [viola], Tomas Djupsjöbacka [cello]), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Janne Saksala (double bass), Olli Mustonen (piano). Kammermusiksaal Hermann J. Abs, Bonn, 9.2.2020. (MB)

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard and François-Xavier Roth challenge us to hear Beethoven in a new way

GermanyGermany ‘Alleyn Freyheit: Eine Beethoven-Séance’ – Mundry, Beethoven, Lachenmann, Filidei and Zimmermann: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne / François-Xavier Roth (conductor). Philharmonie, Cologne, 10.2.2020. (MB)

‘Alleyn Freyheit: Eine Beethoven-Séance’ (c) Holger Talinski

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Beethoven chamber music provides an evening of delights in Bonn

GermanyGermany BTVN WOCHE [2] – Beethoven: Adam Walker (flute), Lucas Macías Navarro (oboe), Vicente Alberola (clarinet), Guilhaume Santana (bassoon), José Vicente Castelló (horn), Daniel Sepec (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Tomas Djupsjöbacka (cello), Janne Saksala (double bass), Olli Mustonen (piano). Kammermusiksaal Hermann J. Abs, Bonn, 7.2.2020. (MB)

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A baffling evening of Meyerbeer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

GermanyGermany Meyerbeer, Les Huguenots: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Jeremy Bines), Opera-Ballet, and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin / Alexander Vedernikov (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 2.2.2020. (MB)

Meyerbeer’s Les Hugenots directed by David Alden at Deutsche Oper Berlin
(c) Bettina Stöss

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