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StuttgartTchaikovsky's Fifth

Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Garzia, Shor, Tchaikovsky
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Sergey Smbatyan; Ingolf Wunder; David Aaron Carpenter

CologneLondon Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz, Beethoven, Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas; Jan Lisiecki

MunichRaymonda

Raymonda
Glazunov: Raymonda
Marius Petipa; Ray Barra; Bavarian State Ballet; Michael Schmidtsdorff; Klaus Hellenstein; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

MunichResidenz Serenade

Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven
Munich Residenz Solisten

WiesbadenIn War & Peace with Joyce DiDonato

© Brooke Shaden
Handel, Leo, Cavalieri, Purcell, Gesualdo
Maxim Emelyanychev; Il Pomo d'Oro; Joyce DiDonato
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Gala Concert at Göttingen International Handel Festival proves a hit

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, FestspielOrchester Göttingen and soloists © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
This year’s Gala Conzert at Göttingen featured two different works not commonly heard and certainly not together, with excellent soloists and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir
****1
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Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Anja Harteros (Elisabetta) © Bernd Uhlig (2013)
Anja Harteros takes a while to hit her stride in a Don Carlo that doesn't quite gel.
***11
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Paradise Regained: Schumann’s secular oratorio in Berlin

Mikko Franck © Abramowitz | Radio France
Berliner Philharmoniker’s interpretation of Das Paradies und die Peri reaches for the heavens. 
***11
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Polina and Friends gala wins Berlin balletomanes

Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel © Yan Revazov
Organised by Berlin State Ballet audience’s darling, the principal dancer Polina Semionova, the gala Polina & Friends and its stellar cast literally left the house roaring from enthusiasm.
*****
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Hasse’s Artaserse in Munich: an unusual pasticcio

Anja Silja (Wilhelmine von Bayreuth), Pauline Rinvet (Sister) and Kathrin Zukowsk (Brother) © Jean-Marc Turmes
Hasse’s Artaserse in Munich was a pasticcio using music from that work to tell the story of Wilhelmine von Bayreuth and to celebrate of Anja Silja. 
***11
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