Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Oslo, Norway

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OsloMendelssohn: Symphony no. 4

Asheim, Mendelssohn
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Clément Mao-Takacs; Peter Herresthal

OsloShostakovich: Symphony no. 1

Martin Smørdal, Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Kai Grinde Myrann; Yang Yi

OsloGardner and Sibelius I

Wagner, Grieg, Sibelius
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Lise Davidsen

OsloA dream combination: Grimaud & Rouvali

Strauss R., Beethoven, Sibelius
Gothenburg Symphony; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Hélène Grimaud

OsloAmjad Ali Khan: Samaagam

Khan: Samaagam
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Amjad Ali Khan

OsloBeethoven: Symphony no. 4

Higdon, Barber, Beethoven
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; David Coucheron
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Bieito's Tosca: A web of white packing tape

Calixto Bieito's Tosca, despite an intriguingly modern setting, fails to make sparks fly.
***11
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Loving interior decoration

Despite some very creditable orchestral playing, conductor Joshua Weilerstein never quite got anywhere with his programme of Bach, Weill and Brahms.
**111
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Memories of music past

Paired with some overly serious Mahler, Eivind Buene's melodrama Blue Mountain did not quite convince, its ironic self-awareness getting in the way of itself.
**111
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Keeping up appearances: Pelléas et Mélisande

After over a century, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande finally received its Norwegian première in a fascinating production by Barbora Horáková Joly.
****1
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Disappointing St John Passion in Oslo

The Oslo Philharmonic was left to tell the story due to some rather emotionless singing.
**111
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Mozart closes the Oslo Church Music Festival

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort closed the Oslo Church Music Festival with fine performances of CPE Bach and Mozart, even though the concert didn't prove quite as innovative as advertised.
***11
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