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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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LondonEnsemble Modern, part of SoundState

© Vincent Stefan
Saunders
Vimbayi Kaziboni; Ensemble Modern

MadridSinfónico 10: Coger aire

Sinfónico 10: Coger aire
Salonen, Bruckner
Orquesta Nacional de España; Christoph Eschenbach; Leila Josefowicz

HiroshimaThe 386th Subscription Concert

The 386th Subscription Concert
Strauss R., Mozart, Mendelssohn
Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra; Volkhard Steude

VallettaBack to the future

Hotman, Sainte-Colombe, Marais, Hersant
Lucile Boulanger, Viola da Gamba

New York CityFamily Concert: My City, My Song

Family Concert: My City, My Song
Magda Giannikou; Falu Shah; Yacouba Sissoko

SwanseaStephen Hough plays Beethoven

Stephen Hough plays Beethoven
Beethoven, Mahler
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Søndergård; Stephen Hough; Catriona Morison

Bad SalzuflenAbonnementkonzert

Stravinsky, Mozart
North West German Philharmonic; Yves Abel; Leonardo Pierdomenico

LondonDisplaced Voices Music and poetry by local children and refugees

Displaced Voices Music and poetry by local children and refugees
Barber, Shostakovich, Thompson, Harrison, Young
Orchestra of St John's; Cayenna Ponchione; Charlotte Tetley; Unknown
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Francesca Dego joins the Hallé for rousing Russian repertoire

Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
A dynamic Italian pairing provides warmth in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, part of a trio of Russian works. 
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SoundState: A bright future for new music at the Southbank

Marin Alsop © Adriane White

 Marin Alsop lead the London Philharmonic in a thrilling showcase for contemporary composition at the Southbank Centre's SoundState festival. 

****1
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A Winterreise where the pianist leads the psychological journey

Gerold Huber © Clive Barda | ArenaPAL
Huber’s morbid piano here was chilling and pointed the way to a harrowing finale that never quite materialised.
****1
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A quiet Siberian: Pavel Kolesnikov entrances QEH

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
The antithesis of the flamboyant virtuoso, Kolesnikov displayed extraordinary eloquence in a reflective programme built around the Brahms Intermezzi.
****1
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Big boned Bartók and Bruckner from Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig

Rattle and the LSO clearly had great things in mind, as they played with characteristic polish and richness, with the Adagio of Bruckner’s Sixth a thing to admire.

***11
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Van Kuijk Quartet captures enigmatic Ligeti in Liverpool

Van Kuijk Quartet © Nikolaj Lund
The classical masterpieces of Haydn and Schubert miss the spot, but Ligeti and Poulenc enthral in the splendid setting of the Concert Room, St George’s Hall, Liverpool.
***11
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Flute, harp and Haydn in Macclesfield

Northern Chamber Orchestra © Sara Porter Photography
Katherine Baker and Lucy Wakeford delighted in Mozart, Debussy and Fauré with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a concert crowned by an undeservedly rare symphony by Haydn. 
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Stars shine on Oxford Philharmonic's 20th anniversary concert

Martha Argerich performs with the Oxford Philharmonic © Richard Cave
When did three such luminaries last grace the same concert, let alone the same first half?
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