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

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CologneOrchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Bernstein, Prokofiev
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; Gustavo Gimeno

CologneYannick Nézet-séguin & Orchestre Métropolitain De Montréal

Elgar, Ravel, Debussy
Orchestre Métropolitain; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Stéphane Tétreault; Alexandre Tharaud

CologneCharity Concert

Adams, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Gürzenich Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Lars Vogt

CologneSymphony Concert 4

Beethoven, Dallapiccola, Brahms
Gürzenich Orchestra; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Nicola Benedetti

CologneNew Year's Concert

Paganini, Liszt, Offenbach
Gürzenich Orchestra; Łukasz Borowicz; Ray Chen

CologneSymphony Concert 5

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich
Gürzenich Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård; Alexander Melnikov
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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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Kammermusikalischer Sturm und Drang mit Il pomo d'oro

Orchester und Solistin garantieren durch Expression und Artikulation für eine wunderbare Unterhaltung mit viel frischem Wind. Lediglich mit originärer Aufstellung wären noch mehr Effekte herausgekommen.
****1
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