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Einstein on the Beach is the second in the Philip Glass Portrait Trilogy given a new exciting production by State Opera of South Australia.
An unrepeatable performance of Britten's profound choral masterpiece, the War Requiem, conducted by Andris Nelson at the Proms.
Opera Bohemia bring the boisterous tale of Gianni Schicchi to the Edinburgh Fringe in a fun-filled hour of musical delight.
Devant un public euphorique, le West-Eastern Divan Orchestra a célébré la musique hispanisante dans un concert festoyant, sous la baguette bienveillante de Daniel Barenboim.
An imaginative and wonderfully performed programme of ecclesiastical works wrought in peril, alienation and exile.
Aylin Bozok's modern and minimalist Werther, beautifully realised and superbly acted with the innovative addition of a silent character, is utterly heartbreaking.
Akram Khan brings classical Indian dance performance, Gnosis, to the King’s Theatre (Edinburgh International Festival)
Philip Glass has always hoped his three portrait operas would be performed within the space of a week. Thirty years after he wrote Akhnaten, his dream has become reality.
Under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform for the first time at the BBC Proms, with mixed results.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic in an upbeat rendition of Mahler's “Tragic” Sixth Symphony.
The enthusiasm with which Laura Mvula had promoted her Late Night Prom on the radio, in the press and on Twitter in the preceding few days was tangible the minute she walked on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, resplendent in a black gown with silver embellishments.
The Oslo Chamber Music Festival present a mixed bag of new music and chamber arrangements of Strauss tone poems.
Technically dazzling performances are curiously subdued at Cadogan Hall on Monday lunchtime chamber prom.
Art installation of a biogas factory is the setting for a mostly undistinguished musical performance.
Jurowski, Kopatchinskaja and the LPO entrance with a varied and imaginative programme.
Imogen Cooper's exquisite musicality and thoughtful programming made for a wonderful, pensive performance in Sydney's City Recital Hall.
Rachmaninov's The Bells proved the highlight of Prom 43, with fabulous soloists and huge choral forces who stole the show in the third movement.
Throughout ten surprising and impassioned minutes, the musicians, conducted by harpsichordist Jacob Greenberg, oscillated between the unhurried harpsichord chorale and the furious upside-down bowing of the bass and alternated long soupy phrases with delicate, supernatural trills.
The I, Culture Orchestra animate an Edinburgh Festival audience with elegy, irony and defiance.
Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony is anything but "lambkins frisking", drawing on the composer's experiences in the First World War. In this poignant concert, it was partnered by a trio of works by composers - from both sides of the trenches - who died in action.
Eine interessante Mischung aus altbekanntem und selten aufgeführtem Liedgut singt Piotr Beczala im Haus für Mozart. Robert Schumann, Antonin Dvořák, Sergej Rachmaninow und Mieczysław Karłowicz stehen auf dem Programm, und es wird deutlich: Am schönsten klingen Gefühle doch in der eigenen Sprache.
En ouverture de cette deuxième semaine du festival de musique d’Edimbourg, Philippe Herreweghe dirigeait le Collegium Vocale Gent et ses solistes d’exception dans la Messe en si mineur de Bach, tout en maîtrise mais sans transcender.
Infectious energy from musicians who breezed through a diverse and challenging programme without music stands or chairs, in which Benedict Mason displayed his originality.
In a stunning all-Brahms programme that opened the summer festival season, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under conductor Andris Nelsons gave a stellar performance.
David Dorfman and Korhan Başaran bring Unsettled to New York, a collaborative and culminative performance fusing American, Turkish and Armenian influences, at Bam Fisher.
Guest conductor Jahja Ling also leads refined performances of Smetana's Bartered Bride overture and Dvořák's Sixth Symphony.
Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra explore musical perspectives on youthfulness and memory with a programme of Schubert's Fifth and the songs of innocence and experience woven into Mahler's Fourth.
Saturday's opening concert of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival was something of a lukewarm experience, yet it occasionally shone with ravishing Beethoven and deeply engaging Bartók.
Darmstadt feiert bis tief in die Nacht. Man hätte sich zweiteilen mögen an diesem Abend, der zu gleicher Zeit rasante Musik mit dem Ensemble Dal Niente und kontemplativere Klänge im Sitzkissen-Ambiente bot und hernach auch noch zum Weitertanzen einlud.
Barbara Hannigan gives a virtuoso performance of Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Lucerne.
Mehr schlecht als Recht inszeniert Peter Stein Schuberts Problemoper Fierrabras in einer Welt aus Pappritterburgen. Stimmlich wird jedoch einiges geboten. Nun ist also auch die letzte Oper bei den Salzburger Festspielen angelaufen und man muss sich fragen: Kommt das Beste wirklich immer zum Schluss?
It was clever programming to bookend the Mariinsky’s three-week London residency with two Prokofiev full-length ballets – starting with its classic, but dated, 1940 Romeo and Juliet, and ending with the contemporary chic of Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella.
The impression left by the closing moments of the Mahler and the silence that followed will remain in the memory of this reviewer for some time to come.
Prom 39 at the Royal Albert Hall presented a highly unique programme spanning 250 years of classical music, with Rameau, Rands, Mozart and Strauss who all celebrate a milestone this year.
Menotti's strange morality tale about the dangers of conjuring up responses from the Other Side gets an original and creative outing at Grimeborn, including an aerialist on stage at all times.
Piotr Andersweski dazzles a Queen's Hall audience with a display of technical mastery and emotional commitment, before strolling from the stage with the ease of someone who has just read out a short housekeeping announcement.
Ute Lemper's barnstorming performance of songs from the Weimar Republic chimes perfectly with the Edinburgh Festival's barbed-wire-and-bluebell logo for 2014.
Die Große Schubertiade im Großen Saal der Stiftung Mozarteum wurde ihrem Titel in jederlei Bedeutungsweise mehr als gerecht. Große Leistungen von Sängern und Musikern waren da zu hören, und das alles in einem Rahmen der, derart privat, bei den Festspielen nicht zu erwarten war.
With this concert performance of The Barber of Seville, the Nederlandse Reisopera and its team of soloists, headed by an irresistible Mark Milhofer as Almaviva, treated the audience of the Concertgebouw to a feast of exuberant comedy and fine singing.
Brundibar was performed many times in the Jewish ghetto of Terezin during the Second World War. This production by Opera Prometheus, directed by Joseph Toltz, pays tribute to this history.
Stephen Layton leads the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in a thrillingly dramatic account of Bach's masterpiece.
Saburo Teshigawara's KASHA première Sleep in Tokyo, with Paris Opéra Ballet's Aurélie Dupont as guest artist.
In a well constructed programme of Sibelius, Maxwell Davies and Bridge, good energy and many moments of beautiful orchestral playing are marred by timing errors and dynamics.
Steve Reich's 'opus number one', It's Gonna Rain, for magnetic tape, and The Desert Music for chamber ensemble and singers, came together for this Late Night Prom. Both pieces were almost hypnotic, and made for a very intense, but highly satisfying musical experience.
Alban Gerhardt's and Steven Osborne's wonderful solo and duo skills unfold across a gritty programme.
This concert seemed to be an object lesson as to why Vaughan Williams is a great composer. It contained three contrasting pieces, each one demonstrating the composer’s ability to create atmosphere and capture the attention of audiences by the scruff of neck.
Jordi Savall directs a multi-lingual, multi-cultural voyage through Europe's war-torn past.
Sehensüchtig erwartet und groß gefeiert: Anna Netrebko und Plácido Domingo glänzen in der diesjährigen Produktion von Verids Il Trovatore bei den Salzburger Festspielen und erfüllen die Erwartungen des Publikums mit Dramatik und Glanz. Auch wenn manchmal der Sinnzusammenhang fehlt, hat diese Inszenierung einiges zu bieten.
Inspired by the sight of sixteen swans in flight, the great swinging horn call in the final movement of Sibelius Fifth Symphony is one of the most life-affirming moments in the composer’s output. If this ‘Swan Hymn’ glowed rather than blazed brightly last night, it was the journey there which impressed in the hands of Thomas Søndergård, Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Sakari Oramo swaps his baton for a bow to join Janine Jansen in a fine performance of Prokofiev's double violin sonata; imperfect balance and coordination affect Jansen and pianist Itamar Golan's Prokofiev and Schubert.