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New York City

Shedding light on inventiveness: the Takács Quartet and guests at Carnegie Hall

By , 14 October 2017
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Cardiff

Scintillating season opener from Søndergård and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

By , 12 October 2017
****1
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London

Fiction-laden history, musical truth: Ashkenazy brings Shostakovich to Battleship Potemkin

By , 12 October 2017
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Birmingham

Sinaisky offers romance and revoultion in Birmingham

By , 11 October 2017
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Bradford

A celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer at Northern Ballet

By , 07 October 2017
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London

Impressive line-up graces the London Piano Festival

By , 07 October 2017
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Boston

A thunderstorm sang: Shostakovich and Beethoven from Andris Nelsons in Boston

By , 29 September 2017
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Bucharest

A performance with two very different halves: Vladimir Ashkenazy at the helm of the Philharmonia Orchestra

By , 14 September 2017
***11
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Sydney

A splendid night of 20th-century cello music with Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar

By , 11 September 2017
****1
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London

Prom 71: Elegiac, violent, always purposeful Shostakovich from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 06 September 2017
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London

Prom 68: Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky keep the Red Flag flying

By , 03 September 2017
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London

Prom 60: Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic wind up the decibel meter in Shostakovich

By , 29 August 2017
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Edinburgh

Searing Shostakovich 4 at the Edinburgh Festival: Russians and Scots recall 1962 Western première

By , 23 August 2017
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London

PCM5: Full power from the Latvian Radio Choir with understated excellence from Melnikov

By , 14 August 2017
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Melbourne

Bartók and Shostakovich with power and precision in Melbourne

By , 10 August 2017
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Salzburg

Socking the audience between the eyes: Nelsons and Trifonov at the Salzburg Festival

By , 07 August 2017
***11
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Salzburg

Murderously brilliant: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Salzburg Festival

By , 05 August 2017
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Worcester

Gravity and explosives at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 28 July 2017
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New York City

The Bolshoi’s Un-Shakespearean Shrew

By , 27 July 2017
***11
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Lenox

At Tanglewood, a weak contextualization of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 14

By , 19 July 2017
***11
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London

Prom 6: RAH resounds with Nicola Benedetti's extraordinary Shostakovich

By , 18 July 2017
****1
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London

Prom 5: Brilliantly played 20th-century classics from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

By , 17 July 2017
***11
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Birmingham

Igor Levit explores the interior worlds of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues

By , 05 July 2017
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Sydney

A quartet made for Shostakovich: The Pacifica Quartet in Sydney

By , 24 June 2017
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London

Temirkanov and Kozhukhin show drive in Russian powerhouses

By , 21 June 2017
***11
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Snape

Belcea Quartet excels in Britten and Shostakovich at Aldeburgh Festival

By , 11 June 2017
****1
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Istanbul

Brahms and Elgar – Russian Style: Alexander Kniazev in Istanbul

By , 10 June 2017
***11
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Belfast

Brooding darkness and brilliance: the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast

By , 26 May 2017
****1
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Barcelona

Temirkanov and Leticia Moreno: tradition and the future, together in Barcelona

By , 23 May 2017
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Berlin

Popularity contexts: rare Strauss and Rachmaninov pitted against Shostakovich at the Philharmonie

By , 18 May 2017
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Dublin

Lamsma dishes up a mesmerizing Shostakovich Violin concerto no.1

By , 12 May 2017
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Berlin

Shades of heroism: thrilling Shostakovich and Strauss at the Philharmonie

By , 12 May 2017
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London

A Russian journey of the spirit at King's Place

By , 12 May 2017
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Moscow

The Bolshoi's Bright Stream is a ballet unlike any other

By , 09 May 2017
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London

Anne-Sophie Mutter transplants Tchaikovsky to the 20th century

By , 07 May 2017
***11
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London

Russian heart: terrific performances from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO

By , 11 April 2017
*****
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New York City

Capuçon bows a pugnacious Shostakovich with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

By , 07 April 2017
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Washington

Salute to Slava: Shostakovich under the baton of James Conlon

By , 06 April 2017
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Amsterdam

Dark Prokofiev and Shostakovich from Yefim Bronfman and Andris Nelsons at the Concertgebouw

By , 29 March 2017
***11
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London

Mediterranean heat: a scorching Daphnis et Chloé from Altinoglu and the LSO

By , 23 March 2017
****1
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Gateshead

Royal Northern Sinfonia's “String Masters” at Sage Gateshead

By , 22 March 2017
***11
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Hong Kong

Grandeur and opulence in Oslo Philharmonic's Rachmaninov at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

By , 14 March 2017
****1
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London

Through the emotional wringer with the Australian Chamber Orchestra at Milton Court

By , 13 March 2017
*****
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London

Ballet Black: House of Dreams/ Captured/ Red Riding Hood

By , 03 March 2017
***11
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Sydney

Tender and demonic: the music and music-making of four supremely gifted young Russians

By , 03 March 2017
****1
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Oslo

The calm before the storm: Pärt, Strauss and Shostakovich with the Oslo Phil

By , 02 March 2017
***11
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Akron

Taking Shostakovich on tour: the St Petersburg Philharmonic in Ohio

By , 01 March 2017
****1
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London

Triumph of the human spirit: defiance and compassion from Marin Alsop and RPO

By , 27 February 2017
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Boston

Dreams and nightmares: Gubaidulina world première and Shostakovich’s Seventh with the Boston Symphony

By , 24 February 2017
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London

Black Angels: Kopatchinskaja and Jurowski brush with death

By , 22 February 2017
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