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Iván Fischer © Jennifer Taylor
New York City

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra deliver astonishing Bartók at Carnegie Hall

By , 06 April 2019
*****
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Beatrice Rana © Nicolas Bets
Amsterdam

Rana brings energy and clarity to Bach in Amsterdam

By , 06 April 2019
****1
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Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra © Jeff Roffman
Atlanta

Concerto night at Atlanta Symphony Hall

By , 04 April 2019
****1
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Renaud Capuçon, Péter Eötvös and the BBCSO © Alain Hanel
Monte-Carlo

Three concertos for the price of one: Capuçon, Eötvös and the BBCSO in Monte-Carlo

By , 31 March 2019
****1
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Julia Wesely
Princeton

Kopatchinskaja and Leschenko bring their quest for fresh interpretations to Princeton

By , 28 March 2019
*****
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Pekka Kuusisto © Kaapo Kamu
Edinburgh

Playful, creative and joyous: Pekka Kuusisto directs the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 21 March 2019
****1
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Ádam Fischer conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall © Chris Lee
New York City

A clean, lean “Eroica” from Fischer and the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

By , 02 March 2019
****1
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F. Romanini
Seattle

Poetry and politics: Sir András Schiff does double duty with Seattle Symphony

By , 28 February 2019
*****
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Salonen shines as both composer and conductor with the Philharmonia

By , 24 February 2019
****1
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Beethoven heroics among a sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

By , 10 February 2019
****1
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Barbara Hannigan conducts the Juilliard Orchestra © Rachel Papo
New York City

Barbara Hannigan makes NYC conducting debut at Juilliard

By , 08 February 2019
****1
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Peter Eötvös © Klaus Rudolph
London

Intangible cosmos: Eötvös and three 20th-century classics from the Philharmonia

By , 07 February 2019
***11
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Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

By , 28 January 2019
****1
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Empathetic truth from the odd couple: Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang at the Southbank

By , 18 January 2019
*****
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Big boned Bartók and Bruckner from Rattle and the London Symphony

By , 13 January 2019
***11
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Jakub Hrůša, Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Czech Philharmonic © Petra Hajská
Prague

In Prague, an orchestra in transition

By , 19 December 2018
****1
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Rattle and the LSO on toe-tapping form

By , 13 December 2018
*****
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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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Joshua Bell © Chris Lee
Zürich

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

By , 07 December 2018
****1
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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

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

By , 06 December 2018
****1
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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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Gábor Bretz © Rosellina Garbo
Palermo

Inevitable solitude in the Ricci/Forte's new diptych at the Teatro Massimo

By , 18 November 2018
****1
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Alasdair Beatson © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Mysterious and glittering machines from Alasdair Beatson at Kings Place

By , 14 November 2018
*****
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Mathias Pintscher © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Kirill Gerstein plays a superb Rach 3 with The Cleveland Orchestra

By , 01 November 2018
****1
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András Palerdi (Bluebeard) and Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
New York City

Idiomatic Bluebeard's Castle from the Hungarians in New York

By , 01 November 2018
****1
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Simone Lamsma and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Belgrade

Simone Lamsma thrills in Bartok's First Violin Concerto in Belgrade

By , 26 October 2018
****1
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Joshua Bloom (Bluebeard) and Paula Murrihy (Judith) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Closed doors, but a musically stunning Bluebeard's Castle in Dublin

By , 12 October 2018
****1
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Boston

A colorful collage: Hannu Lintu opens the Boston Symphony’s season

By , 11 October 2018
****1
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Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
London

Canellakis, Aimard and the London Philharmonic escape to the country

By , 10 October 2018
***11
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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Sydney

Magnetic bravura: Unshowy Gringolts dazzles Sydney audience

By , 05 October 2018
****1
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Yefim Bronfman © Frank Stewart
Cleveland

Astonishing Bartók and Prokofiev in Cleveland

By , 27 September 2018
*****
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Psappha © Psappha
Manchester

Finding the balance? Psappha with Ligeti, Kurtág and more at Stoller Hall

By , 27 September 2018
***11
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Birmingham

Collision of the Old and New World brings fireworks to the CBSO's season opener

By , 12 September 2018
****1
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Miah Persson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 62: An orchestral kaleidoscope from Petrenko and the RLPO

By , 29 August 2018
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Anna Lucia Richter, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 54: Enescu sparks interest, Bartók disappoints, Mahler shows the path to bliss

By , 22 August 2018
***11
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Cleveland

Vasily Petrenko crafts a fresh approach in Cleveland

By , 10 August 2018
****1
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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Verbier

Ilya Gringolts and Maxim Vengerov reach the heights in Verbier

By , 22 July 2018
*****
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Martin Fröst and Roland Pöntinen © Schubertiade
Hohenems

Fröst and Pöntinen: Chamber music gets physical at the Schubertiade

By , 13 July 2018
*****
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Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
Zürich

Belcea Quartet competes with urban Zurich

By , 11 July 2018
***11
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Elīna Garanča © Karina Schwarz | DG
Vienna

Vocal wonder: Elīna Garanča's Mahler with the Vienna Philharmonic

By , 16 June 2018
***11
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Benjamin Grosvenor © Patrick Allen | Opera Omnia
London

Effortlessly high-class Schubert and Brahms from Grosvenor and friends

By , 29 May 2018
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

By , 26 May 2018
****1
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Removing barriers, provoking questions: Kazushi Ono, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the CBSO

By , 09 May 2018
*****
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
London

Alert and refined: LSO on top form under François-Xavier Roth

By , 25 March 2018
*****
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Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Senza sangue the ideal partner to Bluebeard’s Castle in sensational Hungarian double bill

By , 10 February 2018
*****
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Symphonic grandeur and two curious farewells from Elder and LSO

By , 08 February 2018
****1
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Vern Evans
Gateshead

Energy and enchantment from the CBSO at Sage Gateshead

By , 19 January 2018
***11
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Isabelle Faust © Molina Visuals
London

A masterwork of elegiac introspection from Isabelle Faust and Alban Berg

By , 14 January 2018
***11
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO
London

Entertaining resurrection of a Hollywood oddity by Rattle and the LSO

By , 13 January 2018
****1
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
Boston

Roth charts the emergence of the modern in Boston

By , 12 January 2018
****1
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