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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Germany

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BambergRudolf Buchbinder plays all Beethoven Piano Concerts

Beethoven
Bamberg Symphony; Rudolf Buchbinder

BerlinKammermusik des Konzerthausorchesters mit Víkingur Ólafsson

Haydn, Mozart, Schnittke
Sayako Kusaka; Víkingur Ólafsson; Mitglieder des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin

CologneMusik der Zeit 6

© WDR
Nemtsov, Maderna, Poppe
WDR Symphony Orchestra; Enno Poppe; Tabea Zimmermann; Ensemble Nikel

MunichJewels

Jewels
Various: Jewels
George Balanchine; Bavarian State Ballet; Robert Reimer; Barbara Karinska; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

DresdenBarbara Hannigan & Münchner Philharmoniker

Nono, Haydn, Mahler
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Barbara Hannigan
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An immensely dramatic opera: Le Prophète in Berlin

Gregory Kunde (Jean de Leyde), Deutsche Oper Berlin 2017 © Bettina Stöss
Meyerbeer's tale of the Anabaptist rebellion in the 16th-century religious wars proves to be a powerful thriller, with Clémentine Margaine and Gregory Kunde leading a very strong singing cast.
****1
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Enter Achilles danced by Rambert in Berlin

Enter Achilles © Miguel Altunaga
Masculinity, nothing or very little has changed: Enter Achilles is danced by Rambert at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. 
*****
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Hrůša and the Czech Phil bring magnificent programme to Cologne

Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
The Czech Philharmonic, in tremendous form, still play their core repertoire with unaffected naturalness.
*****
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Three's a crowd: the Vienna Philharmonic packs in Beethoven 1, 2 and 3

Andris Nelsons and the Wiener Philharmoniker © Daniel Dittus
At Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, the Wiener Philharmoniker and Andris Nelsons launch a chronological cycle of Beethoven's nine symphonies with the first three sticks of dynamite.
*****
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First and Second Viennese School side by side in the Elbphilharmonie

Alan Gilbert © Peter Hundert | NDR
Frank Peter Zimmermann dazzles in an angelic tribute, while Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester emphasise clarity at the expense of warmth.
***11
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