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Bachtrack top ten: Operatic drinking songs

Libiamo! Crack open a bottle and settle back to enjoy our editors' pick of opera's jolliest drinking songs!
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HamburgSt. Petersburger Philharmoniker - Virtuose Melancholie

© Dario Acosta
Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov; Yefim Bronfman

ManchesterChetham's Symphony Orchestra: The Firebird

Chetham's Symphony Orchestra: The Firebird
Ravel, Stravinsky
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra; Michael Seal; Rose McLachlan

GhentWorld Soundtrack Awards

Burwell
Brussels Philharmonic; Dirk Brossé

PooleMasters of Melody

Masters of Melody
Mozart, Bruch, Rachmaninov
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marta Gardolińska; Nikita Boriso-Glebsky

MadridLSO Firebird in Madrid with Ibermúsica

LSO Firebird in Madrid with Ibermúsica
Falla, Lalo, Stravinsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Jaime Martín; Christian Tetzlaff

LondonGwenllian Llyr (harp)

© Benjamin Ealovega
Scriabin, Debussy, Liszt, Williams, Renie
Gwenllian Llyr, Harp

LondonCelebrating Bernstein - More Sides of the Story

© London Concert Choir
Bernstein
Mark Forkgen; London Concert Choir; Nathan Mercieca; Richard Pearce; Anneke Hodnett

ManchesterThe Hallé - A London Symphony

© Benjamin Ealovega
Purcell, Dvořák, Vaughan Williams
The Hallé; Andrew Manze; Jian Wang
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Vibrant Rachmaninov One from Søndergård and the RSNO

Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO with a beguiling performance of Ravel’s Schéhérazade from Catriona Morison, vivid Peer Gynt from Grieg and a vibrant Rachmaninov’s First Symphony
****1
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Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Xian Zhang brought out the beauty of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s engaging sound and soprano Fatma Said gracefully beguiled us with Strauss.
***11
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BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester's BBC Philharmonic packs a punch in an evening of orchestral greats.
****1
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Märkl leads a first-rate Daphnis et Chloé in Atlanta

Jun Märkl excels in an all-French program entitled “Vive la France”. 
****1
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Gardner's Zarathustra and the Glagolitic Mass impress

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Edward Gardner opens the Hallé's Thursday series with dramatic Strauss and Janáček.
****1
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An unfussy, memorable War Requiem from Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and an ideal team of soloists in a memorable performance of Britten's War Requiem.
****1
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A fresh start for the Czech Philharmonic

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Petr Kadlec
Mahler's Resurrection Symphony provides both a thrilling opener and apt metaphor for the orchestra's new era under Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov.
****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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