The Dresden Festival Orchestra’s Beethoven shows all you need is the right players and a sympathetic conductor

GermanyGermany Beethoven: Dresden Festival Orchestra / Josep Caballé Domenech (conductor). 12.9.2020 performance from Löwensaal, Dresden, reviewed when streamed live on Dreamstage. (LV)

Josep Caballé Domenech (conductor)

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In Utrecht, three finalists at the Nederlands Vioolconcours

NetherlandsNetherlands Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Ravel – Nederlands Vioolconcours [2]: Leon Blekh, Charlotte Spruit, Coraline Groen (violins); Residentie Orkest The Hague / Anja Bihlmaier (conductor). TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands. 2.2.2020. (LV)

Coraline Groen (violin), Residentie Orchestra, & Anja Bihlmaier (conductor)
(c) Foppe Schut

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2020 Netherlands Violin Competition has an intriguing mix of contemporary and traditional music

NetherlandsNetherlands Various composers, Nederlands Vioolconcours [1] (curated by Emmy Storms): Emmy Storms, Lenneke van Staalen (violins), Cynthia Liem (piano), Heiko Dijker (tabla). Podium Hoge Woerd, Utrecht, 29.1.2020. (LV)

Vioolconcours 2020 © Foppe Schut

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In Los Angeles, a Beethoven rarity from Camerata Pacifica

United StatesUnited States Beethoven, Nielsen, Dvořák: Camerata Pacifica (Jasmine Choi [flute], Nicholas Daniel and Claire Brazeau [oboe], Jose Franch-Ballester and Pascal Archer [clarinet], Judith Farmer and William Short [bassoon], William Wood [contrabassoon], Martin Owen, Steven Becknell and Amy Sanchez [French horn], Ani Aznavoorian [cello], Timothy Eckert [bass]), Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles. 16.1.2020. (LV)

Camerata Pacifica (c) Timothy Norris

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Unusual programme enlivens Cartagena Music Festival

ColombiaColombia Martinus, Pinzón, Victoria: Santiago Cañón–Valencia (cello), Orquesta de Cámara de Colombia / Federico Hoyos (conductor), Julio Victoria Live Band. Auditorio Getsemaní, Cartagena, Columbia, 11.1.2020. (LV)

Santiago Cañón–Valencia (cello), Orquesta de Cámara de Colombia & Federico Hoyos (conductor)
(c) Diego Vega

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In California, Telemann with heroic breadth and stunning virtuosity

United StatesUnited States Telemann, R. Strauss, Handel: Joshua Ranz (clarinet), Kenneth Munday (bassoon), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Jaime Martin (conductor). First Presbyterian Church, Santa Monica. 21.11.2019. (LV)

LACO’s new music director Jaime Martin (c) Jamie Pham

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Three violas, front-and-center with Miami’s New World Symphony

United StatesUnited States Higdon, Feldman, Berlioz arr. Steven Mackey: Roberto Diaz, Tabea Zimmermann, and Cynthia Phelps (violas), New World Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas and Christopher Rountree (conductors). New World Center, Miami. 19.10.2019. (LV)

Steven Mackey, Tabea Zimmermann, Michael Tilson Thomas,
and the New World Symphony

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In Los Angeles, chamber music from the Philharmonic

United StatesUnited States Haydn, Lowell Liebermann, Beethoven: Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Catherine Ransom Foley (flute), Nathan Cole, Michelle Tseng, Akiko Tarumoto, Stacy Wetzel (violins), Minor L. Wetzel, Ben Ullery (violas), Ben Hong, Jonathan Karoly, Dahae Kim (cellos), Stephen Vanhauwaert (piano). Disney Hall, Los Angeles, 3.10.2019. (LV)

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