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

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CologneSymphony Concert 6

Boulez, Beethoven, Bartók
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Benjamin Grosvenor

CologneSymphony Concert 7

Debussy, Bartók, Wagner, Ligeti, Ravel
Gürzenich Orchestra; Nicholas Collon; Nils Mönkemeyer

CologneSymphony Concert 8

Rautavaara, Martinů, Dvořák
Gürzenich Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen; Carolin Widmann

CologneConcerto of Passion

Bach, Haydn, Lotti, MacMillan
Gürzenich Orchestra; Nicholas Collon; Bejun Mehta; ChorWerk Ruhr

CologneSymphony Concert 9

Mendelssohn, Schoenberg
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Kirill Gerstein

CologneSymphony Concert 10

Wagner, Höller, Zimmermann
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Tabea Zimmermann
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Tripping the light fantastic in Köln

François-Xavier Roth conducts sparkling, refreshing accounts of Debussy, Schumann and Strauss in the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln season-opening gala.
****1
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Fidelio: delightful Beethoven in Cologne

In a temporary home, Cologne Opera have mounted a remarkably joyful production of Beethoven’s single, wonderful opera.
****1
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Not easily assimilated: Candide in Cologne

The Staatenhaus venue forces one too many compromises on Bernstein's operetta, but the performance itself is saved by the accomplishment of much of the singing.
***11
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Hours of fun: Ravel's two one-act operas in Cologne

Cologne Opera's staging of Ravel's two comedies needed a stronger directorial response to the performance space, but the musical rewards compensated.
***11
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WDR Symphonieorchester Köln takes a gamble on young talent, but Kazuki Yamada delivers

The WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln put its fate in the hands of the younger generation for this evening’s concert. Conductor Kazuki Yamada is only 34. The original violin soloist was to have been Lisa Batiashvili, but she pulled out and was replaced by the 22-year-old Serge Zimmermann.
***11
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„This is Rattle" und das LSO in Köln

Ein leidenschaftlicher Wunschzettel mit außergewöhnlichem Standardrepertoire, bei dem vor allem ein variabler Schubert und ein elektrisierend lebendiger Bartók begeisterten.
****1
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