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Joshua Bloom (Bluebeard) and Paula Murrihy (Judith) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Closed doors, but a musically stunning Bluebeard's Castle in Dublin

By , 12 October 2018
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Boston

A colorful collage: Hannu Lintu opens the Boston Symphony’s season

By , 11 October 2018
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Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
London

Canellakis, Aimard and the London Philharmonic escape to the country

By , 10 October 2018
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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Sydney

Magnetic bravura: Unshowy Gringolts dazzles Sydney audience

By , 05 October 2018
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Psappha © Psappha
Manchester

Finding the balance? Psappha with Ligeti, Kurtág and more at Stoller Hall

By , 27 September 2018
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Yefim Bronfman © Frank Stewart
Cleveland

Astonishing Bartók and Prokofiev in Cleveland

By , 27 September 2018
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Birmingham

Collision of the Old and New World brings fireworks to the CBSO's season opener

By , 12 September 2018
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Miah Persson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 62: An orchestral kaleidoscope from Petrenko and the RLPO

By , 29 August 2018
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Anna Lucia Richter, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 54: Enescu sparks interest, Bartók disappoints, Mahler shows the path to bliss

By , 22 August 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Cleveland

Vasily Petrenko crafts a fresh approach in Cleveland

By , 10 August 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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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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Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
Zürich

Belcea Quartet competes with urban Zurich

By , 11 July 2018
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Elīna Garanča © Karina Schwarz | DG
Vienna

Vocal wonder: Elīna Garanča's Mahler with the Vienna Philharmonic

By , 16 June 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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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Removing barriers, provoking questions: Kazushi Ono, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the CBSO

By , 09 May 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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Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Senza sangue the ideal partner to Bluebeard’s Castle in sensational Hungarian double bill

By , 10 February 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Symphonic grandeur and two curious farewells from Elder and LSO

By , 08 February 2018
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Vern Evans
Gateshead

Energy and enchantment from the CBSO at Sage Gateshead

By , 19 January 2018
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Isabelle Faust © Molina Visuals
London

A masterwork of elegiac introspection from Isabelle Faust and Alban Berg

By , 14 January 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO
London

Entertaining resurrection of a Hollywood oddity by Rattle and the LSO

By , 13 January 2018
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Stanislav Kochanovsky © Askonas Holt
Dublin

Trippy dreams: Kochanovsky and RTÉ NSO deliver a searing Symphonie fantastique

By , 12 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
Boston

Roth charts the emergence of the modern in Boston

By , 12 January 2018
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Rinat Shaham (Judith) © Tracey Whitefoot
Manchester

A sinister Bluebeard's Castle from the NYOGB

By , 05 January 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Kavakos and Wang team up at Wigmore Hall

By , 19 December 2017
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Janine Jansen © Richard Termine
New York City

Janine Jansen and Friends: unbelievable harmony at Carnegie Hall

By , 07 December 2017
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Arlene Sierra © Ian Phillips-McLaren
Manchester

Butterflies, landscapes and bees in Arlene Sierra's new Nature Symphony

By , 25 November 2017
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
New York City

An evening under Bach’s sign with pianist-conductor Sir András Schiff

By , 19 October 2017
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Adrienn Miksch (Judith) and Bálint Szabó (Szabo) © Anett Kállay-Tóth
London

Tainted Love: a passionate Hungarian double bill in Hackney

By , 19 September 2017
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Karina Canellakis conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 70: Karina Canellakis makes impressive Proms debut with the BBCSO

By , 05 September 2017
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Melbourne

Bartók and Shostakovich with power and precision in Melbourne

By , 10 August 2017
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Joshua Weilerstein and Alisa Weilerstein perform Bartók as an encore © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 7: Primordial sludge: BBC Symphony finds common threads in Berlioz, Rebel and Dusapin

By , 19 July 2017
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Sydney

Alina Ibragimova impresses with feverish Bartók in Sydney

By , 14 July 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle © Sebastian Hanel
London

A pioneering spirit: Rattle’s imaginary journey through Haydn

By , 11 July 2017
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The Escher String Quartet © Sophie Zhai
Woodstock

The Escher Quartet in the bucolic Catskill Mountains

By , 02 July 2017
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Juilliard String Quartet © Steve Sherman
Chicago

Bracing Bartók and Beethoven from the Juilliard String Quartet at Ravinia

By , 20 June 2017
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Evgeny Bozhanov © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

Visceral virtuosity and poetic pianism: Bozhanov debuts with the RLPO

By , 15 June 2017
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Boris Berezovsky © David Crookes | Warner Classics
London

Boris Berezovsky at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 05 June 2017
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Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
London

Stimulating programming and powerful performances the Philharmonia and Gustavo Gimeno

By , 01 June 2017
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Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © Ian Douglas
London

Splendour falls on castle walls: authoritative Bartók from the Budapest Festival Orchestra

By , 23 May 2017
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Piotr Anderszewski © MG de Saint-Venant
Frankfurt am Main

Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Piotr Anderszewski in Mozart, Beethoven and more

By , 21 May 2017
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Maxim Vengerov © B Ealovega
Vienna

Toronto Symphony a Season Highlight at the Konzerthaus Wien

By , 16 May 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Raw and thrilling Bartók and Mahler from the Philharmonia

By , 07 May 2017
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Andreas Ottensamer © Anatol Kotte | Mercury Classics DG
Berlin

Winding voices: Jansons places the clarinet centre stage in Berlin

By , 27 April 2017
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Antoine Mignot © Julien Mignot
London

Antoine Tamestit presents first-class Bartók with the LSO

By , 23 April 2017
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Neeme Järvi © Simon van Boxtel
Chicago

Chicago Symphony concertmaster Robert Chen shines in Pärt and Bartók

By , 20 April 2017
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Daniel Hope © Harald Hoffmann | DG
London

A string orchestra showcase from Daniel Hope and the Basel Chamber Orchestra

By , 18 April 2017
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
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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