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Festival: Salzburg Festival

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SalzburgSt Luke's Passion

Penderecki: St Luke Passion
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Teresa Majka-Pacanek; Sarah Wegener; Lucas Meachem; Krakow Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Boys Choir

SalzburgChamber Concert Faust · Goltz · Bezuidenhout

Bach, Biber
Isabelle Faust; Kristin von der Goltz; Kristian Bezuidenhout

SalzburgMozart Matinee · Minasi

Mozart, Beethoven
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; Alois Glaßner; Andreas Ottensamer; Simona Šaturová; Benjamin Bruns; Henning von Schulman

SalzburgLevit · BR-Chor · Arman · Kopatchinskaja · Hinterhäuser

Ustvolskaya
Markus Hinterhäuser, Piano

SalzburgLevit · BR-Chor · Arman · Kopatchinskaja · Hinterhäuser

Liszt, Ustvolskaya
Howard Arman; Igor Levit; Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir; Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Markus Hinterhäuser
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Murray Perahia and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Murray Perahia and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields © Marco Borelli / Lelli
In a concert career lasting over 35 years, Murray Perahia has been a guest soloist with many orchestras. But his engagement with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a special one, since he is also the orchestra’s principal guest conductor, and their playing is so immaculate that not even technichal issues can distract from an incredible performance.
****1
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The perils of craft kits - Fierrabras in Salzburg

Julia Kleiter (Emma) © Monika Rittershaus / Salzburger Festspiele
Peter Stein stages Schubert's problem opera Fierrabrass in a world of cardboard knights. This last opera of the Salzburg Festival is well sung, but you have to ask: is the last always the best?
***11
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Salzburg Festival: Maurizio Pollini's piano recital a contrasting evening

Maurizio Pollini  © Mathias Bothor and DG
If you recognize how Maurizio Pollini walks onto the stage, you can probably gauge his mood – which this evening was particularly restless. I have always wondered why he reaches the piano so quickly and almost immediately begins to play. Invariably, he has a puzzled expression on his face, as if he were wondering what all these spectators are doing in the hall – I love this shyness.
***11
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