Good singing cannot redeem the Deutsche Oper’s incoherent Die Entführung aus dem Serail

GermanyGermany Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem SerailSoloists, Chorus (chorus director: Jeremy Bines) and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Nicholas Milton (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 18.2.2020. (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (c) Thomas Aurin

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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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