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Bachtrack top ten: Operatic drinking songs

Libiamo! Crack open a bottle and settle back to enjoy our editors' pick of opera's jolliest drinking songs!
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OxfordSongs of Travel: Nicholas Mogg & Jâms Coleman

Songs of Travel: Nicholas Mogg & Jâms Coleman
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
Nicholas Mogg; Jâms Coleman

CáceresSinfónico 2: A partir de Schubert y Brahms

Sinfónico 2: A partir de Schubert y Brahms
Berio, Albéniz
Orquesta de Extremadura; Álvaro Albiach; Miguel Espejo

LondonTriumph of Time and Truth

© Ebyan Rezgui
Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth
Edward Higginbottom; Mhairi Lawson; Katy Crompton; Alex Chance; Nick Pritchard

LondonRCM Chamber Choir

RCM Chamber Choir
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
RCM Chamber Choir

Helsingør (Elsinore)The Morning We Were Shepherds

Playford, Lully, Aubert le Vieux
Concerto Copenhagen

BonnKammerkonzert I

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Messiaen
Ib Hausmann; Lea Hausmann; Samuel Shepherd; Mengjie Han

TokyoHaydn, Mahler

Haydn, Mahler
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Herbert Blomstedt

OxfordSongs of Farewell: James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook, Choir of New College & Robert Quinney

Songs of Farewell: James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook, Choir of New College & Robert Quinney
Robert Quinney; James Gilchrist; Anna Tilbrook; Oxford Choir of New College
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Eros in Oxford: Brahms, Janáček and gypsies

Dorottya Láng © Shirley Suarez
Julius Drake’s torrential postlude capped an evening in which he had been superb throughout.
****1
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Ashkenazy and the Southbank Sinfonia

Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Southbank Chamber orchestra in a programme dedicated to the interpretation of classical dance forms.
***11
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The Lucerne Festival Orchestra debuts at La Scala

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at La Scala © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Fail to inject the composer's cathedral-sized symphonic structures with a sense of rapt wonder and they can sound dull.
***11
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Vibrant Rachmaninov One from Søndergård and the RSNO

Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO with a beguiling performance of Ravel’s Schéhérazade from Catriona Morison, vivid Peer Gynt from Grieg and a vibrant Rachmaninov’s First Symphony
****1
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Märkl leads a first-rate Daphnis et Chloé in Atlanta

Jun Märkl excels in an all-French program entitled “Vive la France”. 
****1
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Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Xian Zhang brought out the beauty of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s engaging sound and soprano Fatma Said gracefully beguiled us with Strauss.
***11
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BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester's BBC Philharmonic packs a punch in an evening of orchestral greats.
****1
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A colorful collage: Hannu Lintu opens the Boston Symphony’s season

Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra – premiered by the BSO under Serge Koussevitzky and a familiar calling card ever since – opens the new season.
****1
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