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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Cologne, Germany

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CologneZKO on Tour

Elgar, Schoenberg, Sinding, Massenet, Strauss R., Chausson
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Simon Crawford-Phillips; Daniel Hope; Willi Zimmermann
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Raising a glass to greatness: Gürzenich's splendid Stravinsky marathon

The players gathered at the bar for a Scotch as the credits rolled. After three hours and twenty minutes of note-taking, I decided to follow suit.
****1
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Musical contrasts from Fabien Gabel and the Gürzenich Orchester Köln

In Cologne, Stravinsky's neoclassicism comes up against the echt-romanticism of Schreker and Korngold, ending in a draw.
****1
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Hrůša and the Czech Phil bring magnificent programme to Cologne

The Czech Philharmonic, in tremendous form, still play their core repertoire with unaffected naturalness.
*****
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A very palpable hit: Hamlet in Cologne

Brett Dean's operatic reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet receives its German premiere in a powerful new staging by the work's librettist Matthew Jocelyn.
****1
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A colourful journey with Igor Levit and the ONF

With Alain Altinoglu at the podium, the programme of works by Beethoven, Ravel and Stravinsky showed off Levit's lightness and freshness and brought out the excitement of fairytales.
****1
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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