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Constellation Chor in Filament © Steven Pisano
New York City

Jaap van Zweden signals new rituals for the New York Philharmonic

By , 20 September 2018
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Mary Bevan © Victoria Cadisch
London

Ravel's friends and rivals at Wigmore Hall

By , 15 September 2018
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The Berlin Philharmonic Soloists © Mark Pullinger
London

Gallic fare from the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists at Cadogan Hall

By , 03 September 2018
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Belfast

Ulster Youth Orchestra marks its quarter-century

By , 25 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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James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Cleveland

Perfect music for a summer evening: Gaffigan and The Cleveland Orchestra

By , 18 August 2018
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Renaud Capuçon and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 45: A Franco-Russian Proms debut from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

By , 16 August 2018
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Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
London

Prom 44: Lili Boulanger steals the show in Morlot’s opalescent French tableau

By , 15 August 2018
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Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 42: Paavo Järvi flies the flag for Estonia

By , 13 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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Sir Mark Elder © Russell Hart
London

Prom 16: Poise and transparency from Elder and the Hallé

By , 26 July 2018
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Seong-Jin Cho © Harald Hoffmann | DG
Verbier

Seong-Jin Cho shows maturity and subtlety in Verbier recital

By , 23 July 2018
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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Synergy and excitement from Alban Gerhardt and Víkingur Ólafsson at Wigmore Hall

By , 23 July 2018
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Christina Gansch (Mélisande) and John Chest (Pelléas) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 5: Glyndebourne's baffling Pélleas et Mélisande arrives at the Proms

By , 17 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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Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare at Komische Oper

By , 12 July 2018
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Steven Osborne © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Poetry in every bar: Steven Osborne at Wigmore Hall

By , 07 July 2018
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John Chest (Pelléas) and Christina Gansch (Mélisande) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Shadows among the organ pipes: an enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande on location in Glyndebourne

By , 30 June 2018
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Inon Barnatan © Marco Borggreve
Atlanta

Scheherazade ends the Atlanta season on a high

By , 07 June 2018
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Faun © Marc Haegeman
Madrid

Cherkaoui and Pite in Royal Ballet of Flanders’ attractive triple bill in Madrid

By , 19 May 2018
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Chris Lee
New York City

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla: A charming yet forceful first appearance on the Carnegie Hall rostrum

By , 18 May 2018
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RIAS Kammerchor, NOSPR and Alexander Liebereich © Bartek Barczyk
Katowice

A Requiem to soothe troubled souls at NOSPR in Katowice

By , 17 May 2018
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Belfast

20th-century classics from the Ulster Orchestra and Antony Hermus

By , 11 May 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

From a tango to brutality: Jurowski revels in Stravinsky, Debussy and Shostakovich

By , 18 April 2018
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Chloë Hanslip © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Thrilling performances from Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver at Kings Place

By , 18 April 2018
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Robert Treviño © DR
Poole

“Images and Dreams” brilliantly served by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

By , 11 April 2018
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Martha Argerich and Renaud Capuçon © Caroline Doutre
Aix-en-Provence

Argerich, Capuçon and friends close the Aix Easter Festival in grand style

By , 08 April 2018
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The Hagen Quartet © Caroline Doutre
Aix-en-Provence

Mesmerising: The Hagen Quartet at the Festival de Pâques

By , 07 April 2018
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Stephen Hough © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Misty evocations and raw passion from Stephen Hough

By , 05 April 2018
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Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich © Thomas Bartilla
Berlin

Debussy rarities with Barenboim and Argerich at the Berlin Festtage

By , 29 March 2018
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the CBSO's Debussy Festival © Andrew Fox
Birmingham

Reflections on Claude: Mirga's Debussy Festival in Birmingham

By , 25 March 2018
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Pour le piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet commemorates Debussy at Milton Court

By , 25 March 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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Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
London

Adventures through time and space with the London Sinfonietta

By , 24 March 2018
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Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala/ArenaPAL
London

Gallic delights: the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

By , 20 March 2018
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Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Hong Kong

Luminous performances lift heavy-metal staging of Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 15 March 2018
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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
London

Parisian cafés, Manhattan cocktails bars: Kozhukhin plays Debussy and Gershwin

By , 05 March 2018
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Cleveland

Znaider and The Cleveland Orchestra majestic in Beethoven and Elgar

By , 01 March 2018
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Perth WA

L’après-midi d’un pianiste: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Debussy

By , 24 February 2018
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Benedetto Lupo © Carlo Cofano
London

Lupo’s Ravel with Mena & the LPO steals the show from The Rite of Spring

By , 21 February 2018
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Jacques Lacombe © Fred Stucker
Boston

A Ravel rave with Jacques Lacombe and the Boston Symphony

By , 15 February 2018
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Krisztián Kocsis © Luca Kende
Budapest

A Mozart showcase for two young pianists at Müpa, Budapest

By , 11 February 2018
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Duncan Ward © Alan Kerr
Dublin

Bright and witty Poulenc contrasts with menacing Prokofiev in Dublin

By , 09 February 2018
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Nelson Freire © Miguel Bueno
Gstaad

Long on refinement, short on sparkle: Nelson Freire in Gstaad

By , 02 February 2018
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Stephen Hough at Carnegie Hall in 2015 © Christopher Smith
New York City

Stephen Hough looking at German Romanticism through a Debussian lens

By , 30 January 2018
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Jacek Kaspszyk © ICA Artists
Warsaw

A musical celebration of Polish Independence by the Warsaw Philharmonic

By , 27 January 2018
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David Grimal © Caroline Doutre
Paris

¡Viva España! A day trip to Spain for Les Dissonances

By , 27 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
London

Essential and elusive Debussy from the LSO and François-Xavier Roth

By , 25 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © François Sechet
London

The Young Debussy: Roth and the LSO open their miniature festival in style

By , 21 January 2018
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
London

Four French masterpieces from a Philharmonia Orchestra on fine form

By , 21 January 2018
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