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Gustavo Dudamel © Vern Evans
Los Angeles

Kitschy, bombastic, virtuosic: the LA Phil and Dudamel’s Mahler 8

By , 30 May 2019
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Camilla Greenwell
London

A breath of Finnish fresh air: Rouvali and the Philharmonia on top form in Stravinsky and Adams

By , 30 May 2019
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Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

Van Zweden brings back Corigliano's remarkable First Symphony to the New York Phil

By , 30 May 2019
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Stefan Astakhov and Johanna Wallroth, winners of the 2019 Mirjam Helin Competition © Heikki Tuuli
Helsinki

Potential and polish: mixed results at the finals of the Mirjam Helin Competition

By , 29 May 2019
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Karina Gauvin © Carl Langelier
Quebec

In a different league: Fabien Gabel and Karina Gauvin captivate in Ravel and Schmitt in Québec

By , 29 May 2019
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Barbara Hannigan, Gyula Rab and Ensemble Ludwig © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

Progress thwarted: Stravinsky's Rake at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 29 May 2019
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Albrecht Mayer © Harald Hoffmann
Hamburg

From the Vltava to the Elbe: triumphant Bamberg in Hamburg

By , 28 May 2019
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

Bacchic ebullience in Beethoven from Thomas Adès at the Barbican

By , 26 May 2019
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Los Angeles Master Chorale © Tao Ruspoli and Marie Noorbergen
Gateshead

Los Angeles Master Chorale: Lagrime

By , 25 May 2019
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Sergei Redkin © Daniil Rabovsky
Perth

Siberian Night in Perth with the thrilling Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk

By , 25 May 2019
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Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Of cowbells and hammer blows: Pappano's take on Mahler 6

By , 25 May 2019
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From left: Carolina Eyck, Bennewitz Quartet, Alžběta Jamborová © Pražské jaro - Zdeněk Chrapek
Prague

Plugging in at Prague Spring's tribute to the theremin

By , 24 May 2019
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Christophe Dumaux © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Göttingen

Gala concert with Christophe Dumaux at Handel Festival, Göttingen

By , 24 May 2019
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Larcher and Mahler create worlds for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oramo

By , 24 May 2019
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Gabriel Feltz and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Belgrade

Exciting and uplifting Respighi from the Belgrade Philharmonic and Gabriel Feltz

By , 24 May 2019
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Nathalie Stutzmann © Brice Toul
Dublin

A soulful Dvořák concerto from French cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière and the National Symphony Orchestra

By , 24 May 2019
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Javier Perianes © Igor Studio
Los Angeles

Perianes, Avdeeva, Dudamel triumph in Beethoven

By , 24 May 2019
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Seconda Prat!ca – Chiefs of Music and Queen’s Singers © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Göttingen

Almira's Songbook: Handel meets the world of Spanish music

By , 23 May 2019
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
Montreal

Michael Tilson Thomas Makes His Montreal Debut

By , 23 May 2019
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Elder and the Hallé: an almost perfect Mahler 2 in Manchester

By , 23 May 2019
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Sir Simon Keenlyside, Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni | courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Sir Simon Keenlyside masterful in songs by Sibelius in Cleveland

By , 23 May 2019
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Henri Deléger (Michael) © Tristram Kenton | Southbank Centre
London

Stockhausen rediscovered: Donnerstag aus Licht shines brightly

By , 21 May 2019
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

A thrilling combination of Barry and Beethoven at the Barbican

By , 21 May 2019
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Jan Lisiecki and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra © Prague Spring | Zdeněk Chrapek
Prague

No conductor? No problem at Prague Spring

By , 21 May 2019
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Scott Tucker © Shannon Finney Photography
Washington

Holy Schmitt! Choral Arts Society of Washington thrills with Schmitt's Psalm 47

By , 19 May 2019
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Angela Hewitt © Richard Termine
Berea

Angela Hewitt brings her revelatory Bach Odyssey to Cleveland

By , 18 May 2019
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Beatrice Rana © Nicolas Bets
Los Angeles

Young lions Tao and Rana tear into Beethoven without Dudamel

By , 18 May 2019
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Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne
Duisburg

Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

By , 17 May 2019
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Michele Mariotti © Victor Santiago
Dublin

Paradise in music: a glorious Verdi Requiem under Michele Mariotti in Dublin

By , 17 May 2019
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Bill Mootos © Rachel Greenberg
Newport News

A homecoming of sorts: Shakespeare and Schmitt’s Antony and Cleopatra in Virginia

By , 17 May 2019
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Franz Welser-Möst, Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni for The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Welser-Möst and Cleveland Orchestra explore late style of Bartók and Schubert

By , 16 May 2019
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Paavo Järvi © Yong Bin
Hamburg

Loud Berg and lyrical Bruckner from Paavo Järvi at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 May 2019
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Daniel Barenboim and Anita Rachvelishvili © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin spice up their repertoire

By , 15 May 2019
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Nicolas Ellis and Orchestre Métropolitain © François Goupil
Montreal

Exuberant Beethoven from Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain

By , 15 May 2019
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Ensemble 360 © Kaupo Kikkas
Sheffield

Mesmerising Brahms from Ensemble 360

By , 14 May 2019
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Brodsky Quartet © Duncan Matthews
Auckland

Exploring the fugue with the Brodsky Quartet in Auckland

By , 13 May 2019
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Lawrence Power © Jack Liebeck
London

Dappled sunlight: Lawrence Power in a Brahms marathon at the QEH

By , 12 May 2019
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From left: Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence-King, Xavier Díaz-Latorre © Amy Ryan Media
London

The Doctor Who of music: Jordi Savall whisks us across countries and centuries

By , 12 May 2019
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Bloodhoof © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

Bloodhoof: an Icelandic fable reconsidered in New York

By , 11 May 2019
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Gustavo Dudamel © Gerardo Gomez | Fundamusical
Los Angeles

Thomas Adés' new ballet score debuts in LA... without dancers

By , 11 May 2019
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Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Paavo Järvi and Viktoria Mullova impress in Sibelius and Tchaikovsky

By , 11 May 2019
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Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
Gateshead

Music with friends: Royal Northern Sinfonia's Trout Quintet

By , 11 May 2019
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Thomas Søndergård © Bjarke Johansen
Edinburgh

RSNO's Mahler cycle continues with the Sixth

By , 10 May 2019
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Leonard Slatkin © Cybelle Codish
Dublin

Leonard Slatkin and the RTÉ NSO give an exciting performance in Dublin

By , 10 May 2019
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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
Basingstoke

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in compelling form at the Anvil

By , 10 May 2019
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Barry Douglas © Eugene Langan
Belfast

Crisp Rachmaninov from Barry Douglas in Belfast

By , 10 May 2019
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Antti Siirala, Fabrice Bollon and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Belgrade Philharmonic | Marko Djokovic
Belgrade

Schoenberg's ultra-romantic Pelleas und Melisande in Belgrade

By , 10 May 2019
****1
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Emmanuel Krivine © Julien Becker
Edinburgh

A disappointing Symphonie fantastique to finish the SCO's season

By , 09 May 2019
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Angélique Kidjo and the LCO © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
London

A sucker punch: LCO surveys Glass' complete exploration of Bowie's Berlin Trilogy

By , 09 May 2019
****1
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Katia and Marielle Labèque © Weigold & Böhm
Cleveland

Labèques make a persuasive case for rare Bruch in Cleveland

By , 09 May 2019
****1
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