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Bachtrack top ten: Violin Concertos

When Mark and Elisabeth considered their top ten violin concertos, an easy truce was agreed. Sorry, Johannes, but when it comes to violin concertos, Pyotr Ilyich was victorious.
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Nemanja Radulović : a free spirit with an open heart
Interview with the virtuoso violinist Nemanja Radulovic who is just about to release a new album dedicated to Khachaturian and Rimsky-Korsakov with Deutsche Grammophon.
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MadridLa cita musical navideña imprescindible con la Orquesta del Siglo XVIII en Ibermúsica

La cita musical navideña imprescindible con la Orquesta del Siglo XVIII en Ibermúsica
Handel: Messiah
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century; Daniel Reuss; Cappella Amsterdam

New York CityMartin Fröst in recital

Martin Fröst in recital
Vivaldi, Bartók, Brahms
Martin Fröst; Henrik Måwe

CologneLondon Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Roger Norrington

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Roger Norrington
Beethoven, Saint-Saëns
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Roger Norrington; Fazıl Say

AmsterdamSchumann Quartett: Schubert, Bartók and Brahms

© Kaupo Kikkas
Schubert, Bartók, Brahms
Schumann Quartet

GrazFürstenweihnacht

© Werner Kmetitsch
Handel, Dall'Abaco, Bach, Vivaldi, Valentini, Manfredini
recreationBAROCK; Maria Bader-Kubizek

LondonHalf Six Fix: Jazz Roots

Stravinsky, Golijov, Bernstein
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque

AntwerpChristmas Project

Handel, Conti, Corelli, Heinichen, Bach
B'Rock Orchestra; Francesco Corti; Giulia Semenzato

LondonDaniel Collins' MusicFor Concert Series 2

© Andrew Prior
Bach
Daniel Collins; Charlotte La Thrope; Chris Why; Caitlin Goreing
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Compelling Smetana and Janáček from the Pavel Haas Quartet

Pavel Haas Quartet © Marco Borggreve
The Pavel Haas musicians teased out the fast-shifting colours with aching beauty.
*****
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Shimmering showstoppers in Pittsburgh

Simone Lamsma © Otto van den Toorn
Korngold's Violin Concerto from Simone Lamsma is delivered with extraordinary deftness and depth, while Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances thrill under Yan Pascal Tortelier and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
*****
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Soulful Advent music from the Scottish Ensemble with Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe © Kaupo Kikkos
The Scottish Ensemble with guitarist Sean Shibe perform a thoughtful programme of ancient and modern Christmas-themed music in a candlelit St John’s Kirk.
****1
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Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
Jane Archibald gave possibly the most dazzling account of Cunegonde's music that I’ve heard. 
***11
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Sapiens: humanity in music

Jessica Cottis © Kaupo Kikkas
Two world premieres from Mark Bowden and Colin Matthews breath life into the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall.
****1
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Virtuoso violin, dynamic conducting: Bell and Hrůša in Zurich

Joshua Bell © Chris Lee
The Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich recently struck a perfect balance of emotive and restraint in music by Brahms, Bartók and Saint-Saëns.
****1
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Vivica Genaux and Sydney's Pinchgut wow Melbourne

Vivica Genaux and Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Vivica Genaux enjoys huge success in a Melbourne concert of Baroque delights, the first venture of Sydney's Pinchgut Opera Company outside its home turf.
****1
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Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Payare

Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
Dorothea Röschmann has a soaring silvery line when needed (she is a famous Marschallin).
****1
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