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Daniel Müller-Schott and the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Brooding and visceral Tchaikovsky from the Tekfen Philharmonic in Istanbul

By , 17 June 2019
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta
London

From Shostakovich to Berlioz, via the Great American Songbook: LSO and three soloists at the Barbican

By , 16 June 2019
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Yuja Wang and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Fireworks from Yuja Wang in Turkey

By , 15 June 2019
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Angela Denoke © Johan Persson
London

The tamest nightclub in Berlin: Salonen goes to Weimar

By , 09 June 2019
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Tatjana Masurenko, Daniel Raiskin and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra © Marko Djokovic
Belgrade

Compelling performances of dark Russian music in Belgrade

By , 31 May 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's Chamber Symphony © Erik Tomasson
London

Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy opens San Francisco Ballet residency at Sadler's Wells

By , 29 May 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's Chamber Symphony © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Shostakovich Trilogy brings a strong close to the season

By , 07 May 2019
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Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
London

Belcea Quartet and Piotr Anderszewski finding deep musical insights in Janáček and Shostakovich

By , 30 April 2019
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Esther Yoo © Marco Borggreve
London

Heights and depths: Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia in all-Russian evening

By , 28 April 2019
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Andris Nelsons leads Daniil Trifonov and the Boston SO in Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto © Hilary Scott
Boston

A thrilling Slavic ride from Daniil Trifonov, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony

By , 26 April 2019
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Semyon Bychkov conducting the BBCSO at the Proms © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Bychkov and the BBCSO matchless in Shostakovich 11

By , 10 April 2019
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Takács Quartet © Amanda Tipton
Cleveland

Takács Quartet shows its strengths at Cleveland Chamber Music Society

By , 09 April 2019
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Stanislav Kochanovsky © Marco Borggreve
London

Russians invade the Philharmonia, led by Matsuev and Kochanovsky

By , 04 April 2019
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Seong-Jin Cho, Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Poetic Rachmaninov in Seong-Jin Cho’s LSO debut

By , 28 March 2019
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Bach meets Harbison in the Land of Shostakovich

By , 23 March 2019
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Rafael Payare © BGE Rafael Payare
Belfast

Nature versus humanity: Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Shostakovich’s Leningrad

By , 22 March 2019
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Helen Vollam performs Gavin Higgins' The Book of Miracles © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Miracles at the Barbican in Gavin Higgins' new concerto

By , 13 February 2019
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Johannes Moser © Sarah Wijzenbeek
Atlanta

Atlanta Symphony Hall: Shostakovich shock and awe

By , 19 January 2019
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Nicky Spence © David Bebber
London

Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles: a rapturous seasonal concert at Wigmore Hall

By , 28 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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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Rafael Payare gives Shostakovich 8 a rare airing in Belfast

By , 30 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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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ghostly remembrances: Mieczysław Weinberg championed in Birmingham

By , 24 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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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Cleveland

Hrůša and Ax join Cleveland Orchestra in powerful Eastern European program

By , 15 November 2018
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Gautier Capuçon © Catherine Pluchart
London

Chameleon colours from Batiashvili, Capuçon and Thibaudet at the Barbican

By , 12 November 2018
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Alina Pogostkina © Nikolaj Lund
Belgrade

Serene Vasks and exuberant Shostakovich in Belgrade

By , 09 November 2018
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The Emerson String Quartet © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
London

White-hot intensity from the Emerson Quartet at Milton Court

By , 08 November 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

MacMillan première outgunned by Shostakovich at the Barbican

By , 04 November 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
London

Passionate Shostakovich from Noseda and the LSO

By , 01 November 2018
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Lionel Bringuier © Simon Pauly
London

The Goldilocks approach to Russian masterworks from Bringuier, Sokolov and the RPO

By , 30 October 2018
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Stanislav Kochanovsky © Marco Borggreve
Dublin

Stanislav Kochanovsky delivers a powerful Shostakovich 7 in Dublin

By , 26 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Adriane White
Amsterdam

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in symphonically lustrous Weill

By , 18 October 2018
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Martin Fröst, Sakari Oramo and the BBCSP © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Powerful Prokofiev and charming Copland from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 17 October 2018
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Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Birmingham

Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

By , 13 October 2018
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Rafael Payare © Luis Cobelo
Belfast

Rafael Payare opens his final Ulster Orchestra season

By , 14 September 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 69: Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss of Shostakovich 4

By , 03 September 2018
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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra excel in rare Bernstein and popular Shostakovich

By , 27 August 2018
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO © Hilary Scott
Lenox

Storm inside and outside the Koussevitzky Shed: Nelsons and Boston Symphony at Tanglewood

By , 17 August 2018
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Nicholas Collon © BBC | Chris Chistodoulou
London

Prom 32: Inside Shostakovich’s Ninth with Aurora Orchestra

By , 06 August 2018
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Karina Canellakis and Alisa Weilerstein © BBC | Sarah Jeynes
London

Prom 12: Karina Canellakis and the BBCSO bring energy and bite

By , 23 July 2018
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Mark Simpson performing Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 4: Mark Simpson impresses in Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto

By , 16 July 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve J Sherman
London

Precision and abandon in the LSO's Shostakovich

By , 24 June 2018
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Andreas Ottensamer © Katja Ruge | Decca
Auckland

Stunning Weber from Andreas Ottensamer in Auckland

By , 21 June 2018
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Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

By , 16 June 2018
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Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Birmingham

The good, the bad and the ugly: Shostakovich, Brahms and Simon Holt in Birmingham

By , 13 June 2018
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Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
London

Emotional extremes from the Belcea Quartet and Antoine Tamestit at Wigmore Hall

By , 12 June 2018
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Sasha, Mischa and Lily Maisky © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Life and death in Istanbul: Maisky family trio plays Mahler, Shostakovich and Schumann

By , 04 June 2018
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Atlanta

Nikolaj Znaider plays Tchaikovsky with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Rafael Payare © Bjørn Bertheussen
Belfast

Payare and Ulster Orchestra play to a full house in season finale

By , 01 June 2018
****1
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