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Ludwig van Beethoven © Portrait by Joseph Mähler (1804-5)
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Too much of a good thing? Beethoven's 1808 Akademie in Vienna

In December 1808, Ludwig van Beethoven staged an ambitious fundraising concert at the Theater an der Wien: four hours in length and containing four premieres! 
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The show must go online! A guide to streaming in (self) isolation
In the current climate where thousands of live performances have been cancelled and concert halls and opera houses closed, we've trawled the best of what's available to stream from the comfort and safety of your own home.
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NanjingSchubert, Mahler

Schubert, Mahler
Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov; Ying Fang

ChicagoMozart Jupiter Symphony

Haydn, Bach, Mozart
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Labadie; Beatrice Rana

DresdenVogler, BBC Philharmonic, Wellber

Delius, Schnittke, Beethoven
BBC Philharmonic; Omer Meir Wellber; Jan Vogler

BarcelonaL'Esclat de cambra

© Antoni Bofill

LondonThomas Trotter: Titanic Masterworks

Thomas Trotter: Titanic Masterworks
Bach, Mendelssohn, Reger, Wagner
Thomas Trotter, Organ

Los Angeles20th-Century Treasures for Wind Quintet

Barber, Ibert, Hindemith, Ligeti, Nielsen
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

DijonIl était une fois l’opéra

Il était une fois l’opéra
Various
Anass Ismat; Chœur de l'Opéra de Dijon; Charline Grand; Louise Belmas; Marie Duquesnois

BarcelonaCuarteto Casals: Mozart I

© Igor.cat
Mozart
Cuarteto Casals
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Loss and foreboding from Pappano and the LSO

Sir Antonio Pappano © Liam Hennebry
In these difficult times a reduced audience witnessed a concert of music that didn’t exactly offer much solace, but which possessed a powerful sense of loss and foreboding that seemed entirely timely. 
*****
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Beethoven keeps the flame burning

Esa-Pekka rehearses 1808 Reconstructed with the Philharmonia © Camilla Greenwell
Directed by Gerard McBurney, this concert recreated the marathon Akademie conducted by Beethoven in Vienna which saw the premieres of four major works. 
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Anu Tali brings swan songs to Belfast

Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
In an unusual programme, with Finnish music from Rautavaara and Sibelius, separated by Walton, the Ulster Orchestra and Anu Tali find all the subtleties in the music.  
****1
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In Atlanta, a special evening with Pinchas Zukerman and Yoel Levi

Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
Yoel Levi and Pinchas Zukerman perform Bruch's gorgeous Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
*****
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A polished Rite from Thierry Fischer and the RPO

Thierry Fischer © Marco Borggreve
An evening of Russian classics at the Royal Festival Hall, where Esther Yoo joins the RPO to play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. 
***11
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Spiritually uplifting Bach from the Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
Three beautiful cantatas from Bach and his Mass in F major made for a rewarding concert with the Bach Collegium Japan. Suzuki directs a thoughtful and heartfelt rendition and is joined by a quartet of excellent soloists. 
****1
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The Woman without a Shadow of doubt: Karina Canellakis' fine LSO debut

Karina Canellakis and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Pullinger
Canellakis has the musicianship to ensure Strauss’ over-the-top moments registered high on music’s Richter scale.
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Louis Langrée makes his New York Philharmonic debut

Louis Langrée © A. J. Waltz

Three of the pieces that Louis Langrée conducted in his New York Philharmonic debut concerts were similarly atmospheric and impressionistic, stealing each other’s thunder. Happily, the Scriabin was cathartic.

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