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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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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Boston

Beguiling Haydn and transcendent Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt in Boston

By , 18 January 2019
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Simon Trpčeski © Benjamin Ealovega
Belfast

Capricious Brahms and vivacious Sibelius in Belfast

By , 18 January 2019
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Folksongs, sung songs and songful Brahms from Britten Sinfonia

By , 17 January 2019
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

A quiet Siberian: Pavel Kolesnikov entrances the Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 15 January 2019
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
Brussels

Magnificent Mendelssohn and Brahms from Blomstedt and the Concertgebouw

By , 11 January 2019
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Francesco Piemontesi © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

From the sublime to the celestial: Piemontesi, Manze and the RLPO

By , 11 January 2019
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Humanity, warmth, and excitement in Rattle’s folk music-inspired programme

By , 16 December 2018
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Aoi Trio © Suntory Hall
Tokyo

Aoi Trio makes a celebrated return to Suntory Hall’s Blue Rose

By , 14 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
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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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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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Christine Rice © Patricia Taylor
London

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

By , 24 November 2018
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

Mournful and humane Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 11 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony © Andreas Herzau
Bamberg

From the frozen North to autumnal Bohemia: the Bamberg Symphony tackle Abrahamsen and Brahms

By , 01 November 2018
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Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
London

Nash Ensemble enchants in Bruch, Mendelssohn and Brahms at Wigmore Hall

By , 20 October 2018
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Paarvo Järvi © Ixi Chen
Berlin

Restless spirits: a programme of Lutosławski and Brahms

By , 18 October 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Liverpool

Petrenko’s Brahms reaches Alpine summits on the Mersey

By , 18 October 2018
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Dorottya Láng © Shirley Suarez
Oxford

Eros in Oxford: Brahms, Janáček and gypsies at the Lieder Festival

By , 16 October 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Viktor Erik Emanuel | Kings Place
London

Spellbinding intimacy from Kolesnikov at Kings Place

By , 06 October 2018
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Kyung Wha Chung © ICA Artists | Kang Taewook
Tokyo

Legendary Chung siblings give breathtaking Brahms in Tokyo

By , 04 October 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
London

A modest virtuoso: James Ehnes at Wigmore Hall

By , 21 September 2018
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Alexander Melnikov © Marco Borggreve
London

A great Wigmore evening with Alexander Melnikov and Cuarteto Casals

By , 20 September 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Ax/Kavakos/Ma: An all-star afternoon of Brahms at the Barbican

By , 09 September 2018
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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra © Manuel Ajans | Lucerne Festival
Lucerne

Elegy, energy and epic dimensions: Dvořák and Brahms in Lucerne

By , 08 September 2018
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Cimbalom player Jenő Lisztes © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 55: Jamming with Brahms and Liszt in Café Budapest

By , 23 August 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes makes a dazzling EIF debut

By , 23 August 2018
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Baiba Skride © Marco Borggreve
Lenox

At Tanglewood, the Skride Quartet excels in a rare piano and strings evening

By , 16 August 2018
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Richard Farnes © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 33: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust – Richard Farnes conducts Brahms and Musgrave

By , 07 August 2018
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Young musicians of the Davos Festival © Yannick Andrea | Davos Festival
Davos

Fine talents at the Davos Festival – Young Artists in Concert

By , 04 August 2018
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Paul Lewis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Prom 15: Gernon, Lewis and the BBC Philharmonic keep things on the move

By , 25 July 2018
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 2: Poise and restraint from Alain Altinoglu and the RPO

By , 14 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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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Bantry

Ibragimova thrills in Franck sonata in splendid Bantry closer

By , 08 July 2018
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Frank Peter Zimmermann © Harald Hoffmann | Hänssler Classic
Zürich

From bravado to quiet prayer: Zimmermann and his “Lady” tackle Beethoven in Zurich

By , 21 June 2018
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
Hamburg

Latin fire and spirit from Heras-Casado and Piemontesi at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 14 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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Paul Lewis © Jack Liebeck
London

Subtlety and gravity: Paul Lewis delves deep in mature Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms

By , 05 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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Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
London

The Berliner Philharmoniker hits the heights of rapture with Brahms 1

By , 31 May 2018
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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
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

By , 26 May 2018
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Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
Dublin

An uplifting Beethoven Ninth from an orchestra in peril

By , 25 May 2018
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Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
London

La dolce vita and Sommerfrische: Mendelssohn and Brahms from Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonia

By , 24 May 2018
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Takács Quartet © Ellen Appel
London

Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence conquered without reservation by the Takács and friends

By , 19 May 2018
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Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
New York City

A New York Philharmonic performance starting as a routine event and ending as an exceptional one

By , 19 May 2018
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Miyoko Shida Rigolo © Miyoko Shida Rigolo
London

Ticciati, Ólafsson and Shida Rigolo take their time at Kings Place

By , 11 May 2018
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Hugh Brunt © Trent McMinn
Gateshead

Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia explore Bach and beyond

By , 11 May 2018
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