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

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ColognePassion concert

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Gürzenich Orchestra; Thomas Neuhoff; Ian Bostridge; Thomas E. Bauer; Siobhan Stagg; Hagen Matzeit

CologneDukas, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky

Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky
Gürzenich Orchestra; Lionel Bringuier; Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

CologneHanson, Weill, Hindemith

Hanson, Weill, Hindemith
Gürzenich Orchestra; Matthias Beckert; Rolando Villazón; Jennifer Panara; Simon Bailey; Chor des Bach-Vereins Köln

CologneWDR Happy Hour - Klassik um Sieben

© WDR
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 1 in G minor "Winter Daydreams", Op.13
WDR Symphony Orchestra; Aziz Shokhakimov

CologneNew York Philharmonic & Daniil Trifonov

Mozart, Shostakovich
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Daniil Trifonov

CologneNew York Philharmonic & Roderick Williams

Wagenaar, Mahler
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Roderick Williams
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Hrůša and the Czech Phil bring magnificent programme to Cologne

Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
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

Dino Lüthy (Laertes) and David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Paul Leclaire
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

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
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

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
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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Mercurial Schumann and portentous Bruckner in Cologne

Michael Sanderling © Marco Borggreve
Pianist Alice Sara Ott and the Dresden Philharmonic at the Cologne Philharmonic
****1
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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