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BerlinFarges mikh nit – vergiss mich nicht

© Iko Freese
Alma Sadé; Helene Schneiderman; Barrie Kosky

LiverpoolRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

© Mark McNulty
Haydn, Vivaldi
Lee Ward; Ian Tracey; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

SingaporeThe Trout Quintet

The Trout Quintet
Mahler, Schubert
Andrew Litton; Musicians from the SSO

LondonThomas Adès 50th Birthday Concert

© Mathias Benguigui
Sibelius, Adès
London Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Kirill Gerstein; Christianne Stotijn; Sir Simon Keenlyside

LondonThe Future is Female

Barbican
to be announced
Sarah Cahill; Helen Wallace

StockholmSir Bryn Terfel recital

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Sir Bryn Terfel; Magnus Svensson

LiverpoolRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Brass and Percussion

© Mark McNulty
Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Steven Verhaert

ZürichSummer Music

Summer Music
Barber, del Aguila, Dvořák
Andrea Kollé; Martin Danek; Filipa Nunes; Elisabeth Göring
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Impeccable Ligeti from Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the LSO © London Symphony Orchestra
Ligeti's Concert Românesc gets a well characterised reading, but Gardiner's Bartók and Haydn come off less well at LSO St Luke's.
***11
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Daniel Harding and the Bamberg Symphony give Schumann his due

Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves
Despite extraordinary legato singing and transparent text work, Christian Gerharer offered an oddly mannered interpretation of the Rückert-Lieder.
***11
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Not their finest hour: the BSO and Marta Gardolińska

Marta Gardolińska conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra © Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Online concert organisers need to stage their events more successfully than what was on offer here from Bournemouth. Schubert, Lyadov and Shostakovich all wrote memorable pieces. Nothing much memorable about these performances though.
**111
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100% Saint-Saëns for the composer's centenary year at the Philharmonie

Julien Masmondet, Eva Zavaro and Victor Julien-Laferrière © Claire Gaby
The familiar and the fresh sit next to one another in a concert from Paris in the centenary of the composer's death. 
****1
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Fruits musicaux de la France: Saint-Saëns and Berlioz from Bordeaux

Bertrand Chamayou © Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine

Bertrand Chamayou proves an ideal soloist for the quixotic and energy-driven Saint-Saëns Second Piano Concerto, but what happened to the “fix” in the idée fixe of the Berlioz Fantastic Symphony?

***11
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Striking choral juxtapositions in Venice

Coro del Teatro La Fenice in Teatro Malibran © Teatro La Fenice

An afternoon of mostly enjoyable singing and music-making from the chorus and instrumentalists of La Fenice in an empty Teatro Malibran.

***11
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Henschel and Kynoch deliver a haunting Winterreise at Oxford Lieder

Sholto Kynoch and Dietrich Henschel © Oxford Lieder
Oxford Lieder's theme may be 'Winter into Spring', but in Schubert’s Winterreise, snow lies deep throughout with nary a glimpse of warmer prospects.
****1
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An intense Winterreise from Fleur Barron and Julius Drake

Julius Drake and Fleur Barron © Alex Barnes
A young mezzo and a seasoned pianist performed a rendition of Winterreise that sounded very fresh indeed.
***11
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