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Composer: Korngold, Erich Wolfgang (1897-1957)

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SingaporeSSO Subscription: Tales of Love

Rossini, Korngold, Tchaikovsky
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Kees Bakels; Richard Lin

BerlinDie tote Stadt (The Dead City)New production

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Korngold: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Ainārs Rubiķis; Robert Carsen; Komische Oper Berlin; Michael Levine; Petra Reinhardt; Aleš Briscein; Sara Jakubiak

LondonIain Farrington (piano) with Fenella Humphreys (violin) - Concert 11 from Mahler Piano Series: New Beginnings

Iain Farrington (piano) with Fenella Humphreys (violin) - Concert 11 from Mahler Piano Series: New Beginnings
Korngold, Schoenberg, Busoni, Liszt, Mahler
Iain Farrington; Fenella Humphreys

LiverpoolPictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition
Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Mussorgsky
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Elena Urioste

ValenciaOrquesta de Valencia

Orquesta de Valencia
Ravel, Korngold, Prokofiev
Orquesta de Valencia; Ramón Tebar; Renaud Capuçon
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Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Hamburg's revival of a 2015 production is a musical success, but the director's concepts are sometimes too dense to tell a straightforward story.
****1
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Kazuki Yamada rocks Symphony Hall

Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Principal Guest Conductor Kazuki Yamada teases brilliant French sounds from the CBSO.
****1
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Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
The Komische Oper's new staging of Korngold's opera doesn't quite offer the necessary scale or atmosphere. 
***11
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Jonas Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs in recital at the Barbican

Jonas Kaufmann © Mark Allan | Barbican
Kaufmann’s magnificent instrument was not seen at its best in songs by Strauss, but there was pleasure from his clear artistry and the interesting orchestral pieces played by the BBCSO.
***11
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Nostalgia and neurosis as Die tote Stadt returns to the Semperoper after nearly a century

Christoph Pohl (Frank/Fritz) and Manuela Uhl (Marietta) © David Baltzer
In a score that can be a Technicolor wallow, Jurowski’s sure sense of dramatic pulse and balance, encompassed the brash dance rhythms, religious grandeur, vivid tone painting and the extremes of dissonance.
*****
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