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Composer: Nicolai, Otto (1810-1849)

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Year of birth1810
Year of death1849
NationalityUnknown
PeriodRomantic
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HoustonAlso Sprach Zarathustra

Nicolai, Chopin, Strauss R.
Houston Symphony; Juraj Valčuha; Evgeny Bozhanov

RigaIveta Apkalna & Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Nicolai, Jongen, Beethoven
Konzerthausorchester Berlin; Juraj Valčuha; Iveta Apkalna

San FranciscoCosmic Wonders: Holst's The Planets

Nicolai, Liszt, Holst
San Francisco Symphony; Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus

DüsseldorfMerry Wives of Windsor, The (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)

Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor, The (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)
Lukas Beikircher; Dietrich Hilsdorf; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Stefan Klingele; Dieter Richter; Renate Schmitzer

GlastonburyHilary Suckling performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4

Nicolai, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Ravel, Tchaikovsky
Mid Somerset Orchestra; Hitoshi Suzuki; Hilary Suckling
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Waseda Symphony at the Elbphilharmonie

Kazufumi Yamashita © Miura Koichi
The remarkable youth orchestra that is the Waseda Symphony from Tokyo performs a programme of western Romantic music conducted by Kazufumi Yamashita together with a knockout contemporary Japanese work.
****1
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Alek Shrader - a mysterious Wigmore debut

Alek Shrader © Peter Schaaf
Alek Shrader's Wigmore Hall debut was thrilling, touching, charming and mysterious.
***11
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Glorious Elgar from Osmo Vänskä and the LPO

Hyeyoon Park © Giorgia Bertazzi
A superb partnership between Osmo Vänskä and the LPO created a thrilling account of Elgar’s First Symphony but put Korngold’s Violin Concerto in the shade.
****1
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Betrothal and Betrayal: JPYA summer performance

Excerpt from Adriana Lecouvreur © Clive Barda
School’s out for summer and with it the opportunity for the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists to showcase their talents in the end of term main stage performance. 
***11
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Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Sky Ingram and Barnaby Rea  ©  Clive Barda
Otto Nicolai’s very German take on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was a big hit in the mid-19th century but has been infrequently performed since then, largely because Verdi’s version, Falstaff, completely eclipsed it.