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LondonAbel Selaocoe: Hae ke Kae/Where is home?

© Ben Bonouvrier
Bach, Selaocoe
Abel Selaocoe, Cello

MadridSymphony no. 9 by Beethoven

Symphony no. 9 by Beethoven
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Gustavo Dudamel; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana

BrusselsChaplin: The Kid

Brussels Philharmonic
Chaplin: The Kid
Brussels Philharmonic; Dirk Brossé

AmsterdamKarina Canellakis conducts Stravinsky

© Eduardus Lee
Kyriakides, Bartók, Stravinsky
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Karina Canellakis; Silbersee; Pierre-Laurent Aimard

LondonI Fagiolini: Au Naturel

© Matthew Brodie
Leighton, Rheinberger, Ferré, Byrd, de Wert, Poulenc, Monteverdi, Britten, Howells, Le Jeune, Janequin, Schütz
I Fagiolini

AmsterdamDvořák’s Eighth Symphony

Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony
Shostakovich, Dvořák
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Kirill Gerstein; Miroslav Petkov

AmsterdamTchaikovsky's Serenade & Ravel's Tzigane

© Ronald Knapp
Dvořák, Ravel, Tchaikovsky
Concertgebouw Kamerorkest; Michael Waterman; Niek Baar

AntwerpNew Flemish choral music

Brussels Philharmonic
Vandewege, Janssens, Van Akelyen, Budai, Van Der Straeten, Helsen, Moeyaert, Verfaillie, De Cock, Thys, Pazmany, Pieters, Swerts
Joris Derder; Vlaams Radiokoor
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Breaking the silence: an Orchestre Métropolitain thanksgiving

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal
Recorded in the Salle Bourgie, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the OM in two highly contrasting Beethoven symphonies. 
****1
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Pandemic programming: Shostakovich and Sibelius in Gothenburg

Jukka-Pekka Saraste © Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Saraste’s mastery in Sibelius is hardly a surprise, and neither is the calibre of the orchestra Sibelius himself often visited to conduct.
****1
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Purcell “Songes & Ayres” from the Lammermuir Festival

The Dunedin Consort and Mhairi Lawson © Lammermuir Festival
Scotland's Dunedin Consort offers a radiant program of Purcell and his peers.
*****
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Singular gems in a traditional setting in Stockholm

Andrew Manze conducts the RSPO © Nadja Sjöström
Manze and the orchestra evoked with accuracy the shifting moods and the underlying tensions that mark the score of Les Illuminations.
***11
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A thrilling Waldstein caps Igor Levit's return to Wigmore Hall

Igor Levit © Wigmore Hall
Igor Levit has been a familiar companion to many during lockdown via live streams, but an all-Beethoven recital "in the flesh" at Wigmore Hall was outstanding.
*****
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A challenging cello recital, beautifully played at Wigmore Hall

Susan Tomes and Philip Higham © Wigmore Hall
Philip Higham and Susan Tomes took on Beethoven, Josef Suk, Janáček, Debussy and Nadia Boulanger without missing a beat, no page turner allowed, and no intermission.
****1
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Live audiences return to Wigmore Hall with Gerhaher and Huber

Gerold Huber and Christian Gerhaher © Wigmore Hall | David Parry
A programme of Schubert and Berg Lieder are sung with ultimate mastery, albeit the programme goes long on melancholy and short on variety.
****1
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Earth Day: Beethoven and Mahler from Budapest

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © Budapest Festival Orchestra
A program of Beethoven and Mahler from the Budapest Festival Orchestra celebrated the beauty and terror of the natural world.
****1
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