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Rise and shine! Our editors Mark and Elisabeth offer a top ten playlist for your morning enjoyment... 
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BarcelonaAlba Ventura, piano

Cervello, Debussy, Albéniz
Alba Ventura, Piano

BerlinSchleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

Bernstein, Korngold
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra; Wayne Marshall; Charles Yang

ClesAndrea Motis Quintet

Andrea Motis; Andrea Motis Quintet

ManchesterYoung Artist Recital: Eylam Keshet

Young Artist Recital: Eylam Keshet
Bach C.P.E., Haydn, Schumann
Eylam Keshet, Piano

LondonProms at ... Cadogan hall 6: The Sense of An Ending

Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Mvula, Parry
Sakari Oramo; BBC Singers

WarsawVocal recital

Paderewski, Schubert
Christoph Prégardien; Christoph Schnackertz

ManchesterComposer in Residence: Emma-Ruth Richards 2

Composer in Residence: Emma-Ruth Richards 2
Richards
Zelkova Quartet; Dominic Degavino; Alex Roberts; Unknown

LondonProm 51: Strauss, Wagner & Per Nørgard

Wagner, Strauss R., Nørgard
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Malin Byström; London Voices; National Youth Chamber Choir
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A Proms debut by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Renaud Capuçon and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A century on from its birth, one of Switzerland’s leading orchestras finally makes its Proms debut in a scintillating programme of French and Russian music.
****1
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Prom 44: Lili Boulanger steals the show

Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Colour and light from Ludovic Morlot and the CBSO in Debussy and Ravel, but it was the power and depth of Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 130 that shone the brightest.
****1
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Between two worlds with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan

Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s Prom with Daniel Barenboim went in search of identity and found ecstasy
****1
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Prom 42: Paavo Järvi flies the flag for Estonia

Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The Estonian Festival Orchestra makes its Proms debut in a refreshing Baltic-Nordic programme.
***11
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Captivating Bach from Yo-Yo Ma in Cleveland

Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach at Blossom © Roger Mastroianni
Yo-Yo Ma revisits the cello suites with a message for modern times and the polish of a showbiz pro.
*****
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Two sides of Joshua Bell with the ASMF

Joshua Bell © Richard Ashcroft
In this afternoon Prom, Joshua Bell disappointed as a conductor. As a soloist, however, he came up with the goods.
***11
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McFall’s Chamber's inspirational jazz fusion at the Fringe

McFall's Chamber at the Fringe © McFall's Chamber
McFall’s Chamber’s Red Blue Balance - music for chamber musicians and jazz trio, introduce three new works, revisit recent work and hark back to Bongo Club days with driving Zappa and swing band Raymond Scott pieces at Edinburgh’s Fringe.
****1
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Variations on brilliance: the ACO in Sydney

Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
The title of the latest programme by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is simply: Goldberg Variations. While Bernard Labadie’s ingenious arrangement of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string orchestra takes up all of the second half of the programme, the first half was no less interesting.
*****
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