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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Ehnes' Walton grips in stunning concert of English music at Bridgewater Hall

By , 13 April 2019
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Maya Harr, Babatunji and Madeline DeVries in Pole Star © Manny Crisostomo
San Francisco

Alonzo King's LINES Ballet takes a walk on the wild side

By , 12 April 2019
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Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Sydney

Telemann and Bach triumphant in Pinchgut Easter concert

By , 07 April 2019
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Dmitry Zagrebin dances The Flames of Paris © Andrej Uspenski
London

Ivan Putrov's Against the Stream gala unearths some gems at the Coliseum

By , 07 April 2019
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Beatrice Rana © Nicolas Bets
Amsterdam

Rana brings energy and clarity to Bach in Amsterdam

By , 06 April 2019
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Stephen Layton © Keith Saunders
Hobart

A dramatic St John Passion in Hobart

By , 06 April 2019
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Roderick Williams and Andrew Staples in rehearsal © Tristram Kenton
London

Star-studded, searing Bach at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 02 April 2019
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Felix Mendelssohn © Public domain
Saint Paul

Fresh and vital performances from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

By , 30 March 2019
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Maxim Vengerov and Patrick Rafter with the RTÉ NSO © Frances Marshall | Marshall Light Studio
Dublin

An impressive display from Vengerov as violinist and conductor in Dublin

By , 29 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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Andrei Ioniţă © Nikolaj Lund
Manchester

Magnificent Martinů and expressive Dvořák in Manchester

By , 23 March 2019
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Mischa Maisky © Hideki Shiozawa
Brussels

Mischa Maisky shines in Tchaikovsky in Brussels

By , 22 March 2019
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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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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at City Recital Hall, Sydney © Steven Godbee
Sydney

Brandenburg performs Brandenburgs: the ABO turns thirty

By , 27 February 2019
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Philippe Herreweghe © Michael Hendryckx
London

Herreweghe's one-of-a-kind “Jupiter” with the Philharmonia

By , 21 February 2019
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
San Francisco

Bach-inspired Mendelssohn from Sir András Schiff and the San Francisco Symphony

By , 17 February 2019
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Musical transfigurations in Belfast with Payare and the Ulster Orchestra

By , 08 February 2019
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Pärtly Bach: ACO season opens in meditative tone in Sydney

By , 06 February 2019
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Mary Bevan © BBC | Mark Allan
London

A disappointing Mass in B minor from the BBCSO

By , 02 February 2019
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Gira © José Luiz Pederneiras
Montreal

Grupo Corpo bring voluptuous samba vibes to Montreal

By , 23 January 2019
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Martha Argerich performs with the Oxford Philharmonic © Richard Cave
London

Stars shine on Oxford Philharmonic's 20th anniversary concert

By , 12 January 2019
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Nicholas Collon and Nico Muhly © Viktor Sugeng
London

Happy New Year from Aurora and friends

By , 31 December 2018
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Sofi Jeannin © Christophe Abramowitz
London

Seasonal gifts from the BBC Singers in Bach's Christmas Oratorio

By , 22 December 2018
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Ludus Baroque © Andy Staples
Edinburgh

Seasonal joy from Ludus Baroque with the Marian Consort in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

By , 14 December 2018
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Matthias Goerne, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee
New York City

Strauss and Schubert with Matthias Goerne and the NY Philharmonic

By , 08 December 2018
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Sean Shibe © Kaupo Kikkos
Perth

Musica Adventus: soulful Advent from the Scottish Ensemble with Sean Shibe

By , 08 December 2018
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Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus © Winslow Townson
Boston

Belated Bach: Boston Symphony debuts the Christmas Oratorio

By , 30 November 2018
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Jago Brazier and Marin Alsop © Nick Cary | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Chichester

Bernstein's Psalms return to Chichester

By , 24 November 2018
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Iveta Apkalna © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

Bach goes Baltic: Kremerata Baltica at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 12 November 2018
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Prelude – Skydiving from a dream © Louise Mather
Glasgow

Utterly thrilling: Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream from Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance

By , 10 November 2018
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Ingo Metzmacher © Kai Beinert
Cleveland

Christian Tetzlaff's superb Berg with the Cleveland Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher

By , 27 October 2018
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Martin Helmchen © Giorgia Bertazzi
Baden

Creative connections in Baden: Martin Helmchen pays debt to Schumann’s genius

By , 26 October 2018
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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider © Lars Gundersen
London

A memorable and thrilling debut for Philippe Jordan with the LSO

By , 25 October 2018
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Jaime Martín © Alexander Lindström
London

It's party time, folks, with Jaime Martín and the LSO

By , 21 October 2018
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Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
New York City

Metamorphoses and transcendence: Igor Levit at Carnegie Hall

By , 19 October 2018
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Collegium Musicum Choir © Robert Workman
London

Bach up close and personal: English Touring Opera's St Matthew Passion

By , 18 October 2018
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New York City

Irreverence and ennui in Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker's Six Brandenburg Concertos at the Park Avenue Armory

By , 07 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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Stephen Layton © Keith Saunders
Auckland

Stephen Layton leads a nuanced St Matthew Passion in Auckland

By , 04 October 2018
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Viktoria Mullova © Henry Fair
Gateshead

Different temperaments: the BBC SSO play Sibelius and Nielsen at Gateshead

By , 29 September 2018
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José Serebrier © Clive Barda
Dublin

Earthbound Planets but Serebrier première soars in Dublin

By , 28 September 2018
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Timo-Veikko Valve © Jack Saltmiras
Sydney

Transformers: big works in disguise from the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 15 September 2018
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Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach at Blossom © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Captivating Bach from Yo-Yo Ma in Cleveland

By , 12 August 2018
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Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
Sydney

Variations on brilliance: the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney

By , 11 August 2018
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Immer mit der Ruhe © Yannick Andrea, Davos Festival
Davos

Three concerts and the magic mountain’s Sunday rest in Davos

By , 05 August 2018
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Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
Blandford Forum

Guardian Angel: Rachel Podger and VOCES8

By , 03 August 2018
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VOCES8 © Ikon Arts
Blandford Forum

Light shining through tears: VOCES8 at Milton Abbey

By , 01 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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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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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Verbier

Ilya Gringolts and Maxim Vengerov reach the heights in Verbier

By , 22 July 2018
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