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Arvo Pärt and Choral Singing in Estonia

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration © Endel Grensmann
Estonian composer Arvo Pärt talks about the current popularity of choral music. We also discover from Maris Hellrand why choral singing in Estonia is so vibrant. 
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BrusselsMendelssohn: Lobgesang

Pärt, Mendelssohn
Brussels Philharmonic; Hervé Niquet; Marion Tassou; Julien Behr; Flemish Radio Choir

BerlinSymphony concert 6: Kristjan Järvi and Nicola Benedetti

© Kevin Westenberg
Pärt, Shostakovich, Williams, Weill
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Kristjan Järvi; Nicola Benedetti

LondonTime Stands Still – Hugo Ticciati, Víkingur Ólafsson & Miyoko Shida

© Marco Borggreve
Dowland, Satie, Pärt, Glass, Cage, Beethoven
Hugo Ticciati; Víkingur Ólafsson; Miyoko Shida

LiverpoolCarmina Burana

Carmina Burana
Brahms, Pärt, Orff
Ian Tracey; Alison White; Claudia Boyle; Stuart Jackson; Marcus Farnsworth

StockholmSoup Concert with Danny Gordon and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Soup Concert with Danny Gordon and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Gordon, Pärt, Schubert
Mats Nilsson; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet; Danny Gordon

VigoOrquesta Sinfónica de Galicia

Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
Bach J. C., Mozart, Pärt
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia; Iván Martín

BergenJohan Dalene & Gunnar Flagstad

Bull, Pärt, Sibelius, Prokofiev
Johan Dalene; Gunnar Flagstad

HalleFestkonzert mit Joyce DiDonato

Purcell, Jommelli, Gesualdo, Pärt, Handel
Maxim Emelyanychev; Joyce DiDonato; Il Pomo d'Oro; Manuel Palazzo; Ralf Pleger
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Death stingest no more: ACO/Ibragimova

Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
It takes artistic invention and considerable courage to design a concert programme solely around tragic topics; yet the connecting link between the various items on the last subscription concert by the Australian Chamber Orchestra was – directly or indirectly – death and great composers’ reaction to it.
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Pas de deux for toes and fingers

Svetlana Zakharova in Revelation © Pierluigi Abbondanza
Superstar husband-and-wife team, renowned violinist Vadim Repin and "tsarina of the dance" Svetlana Zakharova, go on a date and take us with them. The music fared much better than the ballet.
***11
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Paavo Järvi brings the Estonian Festival Orchestra to Zurich

Paavo Järvi © Julia Bayer
Paavo Järvi conducted the Estonian Festival Orchestra that he founded in select works by Northern composers.
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Ancient and Modern: a beautiful Winter Chorale

Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk © Scottish Ensemble (2015)
The Scottish Ensemble is joined by I Fagiolini in a Winter Chorale linking ancient and modern music for Advent and Christmas. 
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Arvo Pärt’s Angel Music: poignant performances from the Scottish Ensemble and Vanishing Point

Tabula rasa © Hugh Carswell
What is it about Arvo Pärt’s ‘Angel Music’ that appeals to the dying? Vanishing Point’s theatre and Scottish Ensemble’s playing combine to produce a thoughtful and poignant performance.  
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A Bushel and Some Pecks at NYC Ballet

Maria Kowroski and Jared Angle in Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy © Paul Kolnik
Is there anything Tiler Peck can’t do? After her just completed triumph in Swan Lake we’re obliged to say no.
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain project

Richard Tognetti and the ACO © Simon van Boxtel
Four years ago, the ACO mounted The Reef. Mountain is clearly its successor: another film project involving scenes of nature peopled by extreme-sports enthusiasts, screened while an eclectic soundtrack is played live by the orchestra.
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BalletNOW suffers from miscasting

Tiler Peck and Marcello Gomes perform George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante © courtesy of The Music Center
BalletNOW returns to the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center in Los Angeles. The production features dancers from six different major ballet companies, but fails to impress.
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