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LondonMatthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Matthew Bourne; Matthew Bourne's New Adventures; Brett Morris; Lez Brotherston; Paule Constable

LondonLondon Mozart Players

Finzi, Mozart
Howard Shelley; London Mozart Players; Simon Blendis; Judith Busbridge

LondonIl Santissimo Natale

Scarlatti, Gabrieli, Gallus, Bach
The English Concert; Laurence Cummings; Choir of the English Concert; Cecilia Osmond; Rebecca Outram; Helen Charlston

LondonDaniel Collins' MusicFor Concert Series 2

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Bach
Daniel Collins; Charlotte La Thrope; Chris Why; Caitlin Goreing
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Compelling Smetana and Janáček from the Pavel Haas Quartet

Pavel Haas Quartet © Marco Borggreve
The Pavel Haas musicians teased out the fast-shifting colours with aching beauty.
*****
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Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
Jane Archibald gave possibly the most dazzling account of Cunegonde's music that I’ve heard. 
***11
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Sapiens: humanity in music

Jessica Cottis © Kaupo Kikkas
Two world premieres from Mark Bowden and Colin Matthews breath life into the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall.
****1
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Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Payare

Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
Dorothea Röschmann has a soaring silvery line when needed (she is a famous Marschallin).
****1
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