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Composer: Ellington, Duke (1899-1974)

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Year of birth1899
Year of death1974
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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SevilleReal Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: Nueva York, Nueva York

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: Nueva York, Nueva York
Ellington, Gershwin, Bernstein
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; John Axelrod; Juan Pérez Floristán

KuhmoPapageno's Trade

Respighi, Mozart, Rautavaara, Dinicu, Sibelius, Vaughan Williams, Ellington
Olivier Darbellay; Niamh McKenna; Irina Stachinskaya; Kyeong Ham; Michel Lethiec

AmsterdamFour Seasons with a twist

© Simon van Boxtel
Duckworth, Ellington, Wells, Schulhoff, Copland, Vivaldi
Tim Kliphuis; Nigel Clark; Roy Percy; Janneke von Prooijen

KuhmoCrossover

Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Basie
Sergey Malov; Juhani Lagerspetz; Valeria Resjan; Nino Gvetadze

ChicagoIn Our Time: Music of Bernstein & Ellington

Bernstein, Ellington
Lara Downes; Theo Bleckmann
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Nisbeth and Forsberg in Grieg’s living room

Ellen Nisbeth © Nikolaj Lund
An impressively well-planned programme of mostly viola transcriptions by Grainger, Bach, Delius, Ellington and Grieg.
****1
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Bruckner Orchester Linz in Chicago

Angelique Kidjo © CAMI
The Bruckner Orchester Linz’s Chicago appearance was centered on American music with music director Dennis Russell Davies and vocalist Angélique Kidjo, rounded off by a Zemlinsky song cycle based on African-American poetry.
***11
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BRB: A Shakespeare tribute

Brandon Laurence with artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Wink © Andrew Ross
It can’t be easy to programme a Shakespeare season that has something new to say about this giant figure in a year of excellent productions up and down the country, but this programme achieves it. 
****1
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Jessye Norman in recital: “Hooray for Love!”

Jessye Norman © Carol Friedman
She made cynics swoon and skeptics burst: Jessye Norman, along with pianist Mark Markham, serenaded eager listeners with love songs from the Great American Songbook and 20th-century France.
****1
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme E

AAADT's Celeste Sims in Ailey's Cry © Nan Melville
Une performance exécutée de mains de maitre par les danseurs, techniquement irréprochables, mais qui auraient gagné à être plus chaleureux et expressifs.
****1
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