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Jean Sibelius in 1913 © Wikicommons, public domain
Manchester

Tom Poster stars in a Hallé concert of Nordic magic

By , 13 December 2018
****1
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Martin Fröst and Henrik Måwe © Kevin Yataruba, courtesy of Lincoln Center
New York City

A magician at Lincoln Center: Martin Fröst

By , 12 December 2018
*****
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Baritone sax player Miro Tóth and composer Jan Trojan © Milan Mosna | Václav Hodina
Prague

A thrilling vision of an electric future in Prague

By , 10 December 2018
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Pavel Haas Quartet © Marco Borggreve
London

Compelling Smetana and Janáček from the Pavel Haas Quartet at Wigmore Hall

By , 10 December 2018
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Simone Lamsma © Otto van den Toorn
Pittsburgh

Shimmering showstoppers from Simone Lamsma, Yan Pascal Tortelier and the Pittsburgh Symphony

By , 09 December 2018
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Anna Netrebko © Chris Lee
New York City

A diva debut: Anna Netrebko in recital at Carnegie Hall

By , 09 December 2018
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Matthias Goerne, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee
New York City

Strauss and Schubert with Matthias Goerne and the NY Philharmonic

By , 08 December 2018
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Sean Shibe © Kaupo Kikkos
Perth

Musica Adventus: soulful Advent from the Scottish Ensemble with Sean Shibe

By , 08 December 2018
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Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
London

Missing too many bullseyes: Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

By , 08 December 2018
***11
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
Los Angeles

MTT unleashes Ives at his raucous, crotchety best in Disney Hall

By , 07 December 2018
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Jessica Cottis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Mark Bowden's Sapiens: humanity in music from the London Sinfonietta

By , 07 December 2018
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Joshua Bell © Chris Lee
Zürich

Virtuoso violin, dynamic conducting: Joshua Bell and Jakub Hrůša in Zurich

By , 07 December 2018
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Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Rafael Payare

By , 07 December 2018
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Vivica Genaux and Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Melbourne

A box of Baroque tricks: Vivica Genaux and Sydney's Pinchgut wow Melbourne

By , 07 December 2018
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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

Magic and mystery in Liverpool with Wong, Kozhukhin and the RLPO

By , 06 December 2018
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Tamara Mumford © Fay Fox
Cleveland

A festive Messiah heralds the holidays in Cleveland

By , 06 December 2018
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Blowing away the cobwebs: epic Strauss from Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 06 December 2018
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Teodor Currentzis © Olya Runyova
Berlin

Cool brilliance: Currentzis conducts Mahler at the Philharmonie

By , 05 December 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Requiem: Remembrance connections explored by Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano

By , 05 December 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO © Simon Jay Price
London

An exceptional Bruckner 2 from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 05 December 2018
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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Justin Pumfrey | Decca
London

Uneasy music, utterly riveting: Mitsuko Uchida plays late Schubert

By , 04 December 2018
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JoAnn Falletta © Brendan Bannon
Virginia Beach

Russo-Finnish favorites from Julian Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

By , 02 December 2018
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus © Winslow Townson
Boston

Belated Bach: Boston Symphony debuts the Christmas Oratorio

By , 30 November 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 30 November 2018
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

A balance of form and passion: Lars Vogt plays Brahms with RNS

By , 30 November 2018
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Ray Chen © John Mac
London

Ray Chen entertains in an uneven night for the Orozco-Estrada and the LPO

By , 30 November 2018
***11
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Rafael Payare gives Shostakovich 8 a rare airing in Belfast

By , 30 November 2018
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Hugh Tinney © Colm Hogan at Castletown House
Dublin

Thoughtful "Emperor" from Tinney and lively Symphony no.7 from Alber in Beethoven concert

By , 30 November 2018
***11
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John Adams conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Adams conducts Adams (and Copland) in Cleveland

By , 29 November 2018
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Jian Wang © Xu Bin
London

Elegant and energetic: pacy Tchaikovsky from Long Yu and the Philharmonia

By , 29 November 2018
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Jaap van Zweden © Steven Pisano
New York City

Rarely played Britten, forceful Shostakovich at the New York Philharmonic

By , 29 November 2018
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Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
Liverpool

Varied sounds of America expertly played in Liverpool under Robert Spano

By , 29 November 2018
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Kristjan Järvi and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Divine Geometry measures up under Kristjan Järvi

By , 29 November 2018
***11
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
London

Lords and ladies of the dance: the LPO and Orozco-Estrada

By , 28 November 2018
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Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Flawed heroics bring Barenboim's Sydney stint to a finish

By , 27 November 2018
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Alexander Shelley © Dwayne Johnson
London

Seeking new horizons with the Royal Philharmonic

By , 27 November 2018
***11
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Anthony Roth Costanzo costumed by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein © Dominic M Mercier (Opera Philadelphia, September 2018)
New York City

Baroque and minimalism juxtaposed in Costanzo’s adventurous Glass Handel

By , 26 November 2018
***11
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Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin bring breathless excitement to Brahms in Sydney

By , 25 November 2018
*****
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

A manifesto against war: Dubugnon première impresses in Brussels, but Beethoven disappoints

By , 25 November 2018
***11
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ghostly remembrances: Mieczysław Weinberg championed in Birmingham

By , 24 November 2018
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Christine Rice © Patricia Taylor
London

Sumptuous Schumann and bracing Brahms from the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

By , 24 November 2018
***11
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Raphaël Sévère © Matt Dine
Hong Kong

A Mozart classic and French impressionism with Hong Kong Sinfonietta

By , 24 November 2018
***11
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Jago Brazier and Marin Alsop © Nick Cary | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Chichester

Bernstein's Psalms return to Chichester

By , 24 November 2018
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Ray Chen © John Mac
Dublin

Memorable and exhilarating Tchaikovsky from Ray Chen with Stutzmann and the RTÉ NSO

By , 23 November 2018
*****
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Cecilia Bartoli © Decca | Kristian Schuller
Amsterdam

Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

By , 23 November 2018
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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Decca | Justin Pumfrey
Vienna

Sublimely intimate Schubert from Mitsuko Uchida at the Musikverein

By , 23 November 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony in Beethoven © Robert Torres
Boston

Sturm und drollery: Nelsons' Beethoven in Boston

By , 23 November 2018
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Berlin

Berlin remembers World War 1 with Beethoven's Missa solemnis

By , 23 November 2018
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Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesely
Berlin

Vienna comes to Berlin: Leonskaja's Schubert thrills the Pierre Boulez Saal

By , 22 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
London

Hrůša’s Slavic canvas and the mystery of Kabeláč

By , 22 November 2018
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