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I’ve just spent three days at the Verbier Festival, immersing in chamber music performances at various mountainside locations 1500metres above sea level. I don’t listen to anywhere near as much chamber music in London when I’m home. I’m never in the right headspace.
I knew Martha Argerich’s Prom with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra would be long sold out, but the intrepid ticket ninja in me hoped that a return may have sprung up on the website. It was then I stumbled upon this year’s wheeze.
Idomeneo is still something of a 'Cinderella' among Mozart's operas, yet Graham Vick is about to direct it for the third time. What draws him back to it?
Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall; Orthodox-Byzantine Vocal Ensemble; La cappella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI
Weber, Schumann, Bruckner
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Daniele Gatti; Sol Gabetta
Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle
Marin Alsop nods to her mentor in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, challenges the Edinburgh Festival Chorus with Villa-Lobos' Chôros 10 and astonishes in a passionate enduring performance of Shostakovich's Fifth.
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