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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Paris

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ParisRécital de piano

Récital de piano
Stravinsky, Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt
Romain Coharde; Thomas Prat

ParisFantastique

© Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14
Orchestre national d'Île-de-France; Eugene Tzigane

ParisMozart, Wagner Liszt, Bach, Fauré, Barber, Ravel

Mozart, Wagner Liszt, Bach, Fauré, Barber, Ravel
Mozart, Bach, Fauré, Barber, Ravel
Loïc Lafontaine; Xavier Aymonod

ParisRécital de piano et musique de chambre

Récital de piano et musique de chambre
Bach, Chopin, Shostakovich, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Mahler
Julien Hanck; Élise Bertrand; Geoffroy Vauthier; Maëlle Vilbert

ParisConcert de clôture - deux pianos

Concert de clôture - deux pianos
Mozart, Brahms, Kreisler, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Dukas
Loïc Lafontaine; Julien Hanck; Arnaud Dupont; Xavier Aymonod
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In Paris, Rachmaninov the poet and the lover

Behzod Abduraimov © Evgeny Eutykhov
In the second concert in the Orchestre de Paris' Rachmaninov Weekend, Nikolai Lugansky and Behzod Abduraimov take up the piano concerto baton... with greater success than Saturday's programme.
****1
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Rachmaninov gets a hammering in Paris

Denis Matsuev © Columbia Artists
Despite wonderful contributions from Stanislav Kochanovsky and the Orchestre de Paris, a disappointing opening to the Philharmonie's Rachmaninov Weekend. 
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An Afternoon with Nijinsky

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Verbruggen's Faun © Alice Blangero
As well as keeping the musical, choreographic and theatrical treasures of the Ballets Russes alive, En compagnie de Nijinsky reignites the company’s avant garde-ist vision.
***11
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Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Tcherniakov reduces Berlioz' epic to little more than Circle Time therapy, a poor way to mark the composer's anniversary year.
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Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival

Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Hamlet lives! Ambroise Thomas' operatic take on The Bard has a particularly French ending but that doesn't spoil this terrific revival in Paris. 
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Debussy centenary: a top ten playlist

Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy died on 25th March 1918. To mark the centenary, here is a playlist of my “top ten” Debussy masterpieces… at least today’s top ten!