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Johannes Brahms and Richard Mühlfeld © Wikicommons
Clarinet Month

Brahms’ muse: Richard Mühlfeld, autumnal inspiration

It was hearing Richard Mühlfeld play clarinet in the Meiningen Orchestra that tempted Brahms out of retirement to compose four gems of the chamber repertoire.
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BerlinChamber Music VI: Spotlights

Soloists of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Hong KongGood Music for Kids (3-6 Years old)

Good Music for Kids (3-6 Years old)
Kabalevsky, Anderson, Bizet, Ponchielli, Offenbach, Copland
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Teresa Cheung

AldeburghMichael Barenboim

Bach, Hersch, Borowski, Bartók
Michael Barenboim, Violin

WuhanLSO on tour

Dvořák, Liszt, Shostakovich
London Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda; Yefim Bronfman

AldeburghKnussen and Festival Ensemble

Feldman, Debussy, Birtwistle, Nicolaou, Bartók, Dukas, Goosens, Malipiero and Stravinsky
Oliver Knussen; Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble; Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Tamara Stefanovich; Claire Booth

ViennaIves, Corigliano & Tschaikowsky

Ives, Corigliano, Tchaikovsky
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gustavo Gimeno; Martin Grubinger

Yokohama338th Yokohama Subscription Concert

338th Yokohama Subscription Concert
Mendelssohn
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen; Tamaki Kawakubo

LondonCelebrating Debussy - Piano Recital - Caroline Haffner (Murat)

Celebrating Debussy - Piano Recital - Caroline Haffner (Murat)
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse, Op.26
Caroline Haffner, Piano
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Vocal wonder: Elīna Garanča's Mahler with the Vienna Phil

Elīna Garanča © Karina Schwarz | DG
...the perpetuum mobile character building to a raucously joyous finale that elicited genuine, generous applause.
***11
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Latin fire and spirit at the Elbphilharmonie

Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
A long four-movement concerto and a long symphonic work by two close musical friends, given by Pablo Heras-Casado, Francesco Piemontesi and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester.
***11
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Lovely programme... but the Philharmonia can deliver more

Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
The William Tell Overture promises much, Grieg and Tchaikovsky are well played but struggle to escape the routine.
***11
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Vestard Shimkus delivers exhilarating Dreamscapes

Vestard Shimkus © Ars Produktion
Composer-pianist, Vestards Shimkus gives a compelling rendition of his imaginative 9 etudes Dreamscapes, while his Bach-Busoni 9 Chorale Preludes offers more mixed results. 
****1
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Shostakovich, Brahms and Simon Holt in Birmingham

Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Alisa Weilerstein delivered an amazingly raw performance of Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto, whereas Ilan Volkov and the CBSO’s renditions of Simon Holt and Brahms (reimagined by Schoenberg) proved alienating and overblown.
***11
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Emotional extremes from the Belcea Quartet

Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
The Belcea Quartet gave us bleak despair in their Shostakovich, but joined by Antoine Tamestit, they also gave us joyful Mozart and life-affirming Brahms.
*****
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An inspiring, faith-filled concert in Riga

Sigvards Kļava © Riga Festival
The Latvian Radio Choir, coupled with the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra under the conductor Sigvards Kļava give an ethereal rendition of four contemporary Latvian composers in Riga Cathedral.
****1
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Wagner highlights in Budapest

Szilvia Rálik © Attila Nagy
This concert, with a running time of about two hours, was a lovely dip in the Rhine without the usual four-to-five hour Wagnerian full immersion.
***11
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