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Bachtrack top ten: Waltzes

As the old year gives way to the new, our thoughts turn to Vienna and the New Year's concert. But which are the best waltzes? Mark and Elisabeth decide! 
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New York CityJupiter Symphony Chamber Players: Czech Medley

© NASA
Fiala, Smetana, Foerster, Dvořák
Evren Ozel; Josef Špaček jr; Cong Wu; Ani Aznavoorian

London2006: The new Bacchus

© Sarah Wijzenbeek
Beethoven, Saariaho, Scriabin
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Omer Meir Wellber; Johannes Moser

OsloOratorio by Ernst Wilhelm Wolf

Oratorio by Ernst Wilhelm Wolf
Wolf: Jesu, deine passion will ich jetzt bedenken
Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens; Hanna Herfurtner; Marian Dijkhuizen; Gwilym Bowen; Mauro Borgioni

MadridHaydn, Schumann

Haydn, Schumann
Haydn, Schumann
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; Christian Zacharias

DüsseldorfIvan Krpan - Talente entdecken

© Eva Lopieno
Beethoven, Busoni, Liszt
Ivan Krpan, Piano

New York CityJuilliard String Quartet

© Claudio Papapietro
Haydn, Bartók, Beethoven
Juilliard String Quartet; Areta Zhulla; Ronald Copes; Roger Tapping

LondonSymphonic Dances

Symphonic Dances
Márquez, Rachmaninov, Ginastera
Purcell School Symphony Orchestra; Natalia Luis-Bassa; Unknown

AmsterdamSimon Keenlyside & Julius Drake

© Uwe Arens
Sir Simon Keenlyside; Julius Drake
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In the minor mode with Omer Meir Wellber at the Elbphilharmonie

Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfired Hösl
A sparkling if challenging first half of Haydn and Schnittke, splendidly delivered by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, but with shortcomings in the conductor's approach to Tchaikovsky's largest symphonic score.
***11
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Playful, creative and joyous: Pekka Kuusisto directs the SCO

Pekka Kuusisto © Kaapo Kamu

Pekka Kuusisto’s direction of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is playful, creative and joyous in a mixed programme from Biber to Bartók, Haydn to Messiaen wrapped round with Ravel.

****1
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Sylvain Cambreling bids farewell to the YNSO with a great concert

Sylvain Cambreling © Marco Borggreve
A fond farewell to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra from its Principal Conductor for the past nine seasons.
****1
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Sex and subversion: Barbara Hannigan and the LSO

Barbara Hannigan © Musacchio & Ianniello | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Pure jouissance from that musical multitasker extraordinaire Barbara Hannigan in an evening of contrasting delights with the London Symphony Orchestra.
****1
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Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra explore Beethoven

Jonathan Biss and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra © The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra explore Beethoven from two different angles – the early 19th and 21st centuries.
****1
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Leonine masterpieces from the Malta Philharmonic

Guy Braunstein © Boaz Arad
The pairing of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the Violin Concerto of Brahms felt conspicuously like a calling card from an orchestra that sees itself as a contender for wider recognition, on this showing with good reason.
***11
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Technique, fervency and passion: the Latvian Radio Choir

Latvian Radio Choir © Janis Deinats
The Latvian Radio Choir's 24 singers display exceptional virtuosity in the service of a varied programme of contemporary spiritual works.
*****
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Drums of war: the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

Filippo Gorini © Mat Hennek
Jan Latham-Koenig conducting the Flanders Symphony Orchestra reveals the drama and Romantic heart in Mendelssohn's Third Symphony, while Filippo Gorini chooses a classical approach to Beethoven.
****1
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