Looking forward as well as back, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra celebrates 20 years of music-making

GermanyGermany ‘A New Divan’ – Schumann, Wolf, Mendelssohn, Palomar, and Brahms: Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano), Michael Volle (baritone), Members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (piano). Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, 20.11.2019. (MB)

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Berlin sees and hears the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s fascinating new opera

GermanyGermany Chaya Czernowin, Heart Chamber (world premiere): Soloists, Ensemble Nikel (Brian Archinal [percussion], Yaron Deutsch [electric guitar], Antoine Françoise [piano], Patrick Stadler [saxophone]), SWR Experimentalstudio (live electronics), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Johannes Kalitzke (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 15.11.2019. (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Heart Chamber (c) Michael Trippel

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Outstanding Saint-Saëns Third Violin Concerto from Lisa Batiashvili brings special pleasure in Berlin

GermanyGermany Saint-Saëns: Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Christian Schmitt (organ), Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 12.11.2019. (MB)

Lisa Batiashvili

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A new production of Purcell’s King Arthur in Berlin  

GermanyGermany Purcell, King Arthur: Actors, Soloists, Ein Skills Ensemble, Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Akademie für Alte Musk Berlin, René Jacobs (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 8.11.2019. (MB)

King Arthur (c) Ruth and Martin Walz

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Interesting Purcell performances in Berlin  

GermanyGermany Purcell: Preussens Hofmusik (Laura Volkwein, Ulricke Bassenge [violins]; Helene Wilke [viola]; Egbert Schimmelpfennig [cello]; Joachim Klier [violone]; Joachim Elser [trombone]), Matthias Wilke (director, viola, organ). Apollosaal, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 7.11.2019. (MB)

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A memorable evening as the Komische Oper Berlin presents The Bassarids

GermanyGermany Henze, The Bassarids: Soloists, Vocalconsort Berlin, Chorus (chorus director: David Cavelius) and Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Komische Oper, Berlin, 5.11.2019. (MB)

The Bassarids (c) Monika Rittershaus

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