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Jonathan Biss and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra © The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Mahtomedi

Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra explore Beethoven from two different angles.

By , 17 March 2019
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Filippo Gorini © Mat Hennek
London

Drums of war: the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

By , 15 March 2019
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© Australian Chamber Orchestra
Sydney

Such familiar paths: Arrangements of Prokofiev and Beethoven from the ACO

By , 13 March 2019
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Milan

Gardner and Levit invigorate the Filarmonica della Scala

By , 11 March 2019
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Veronika Eberle © Felix Broede
Belfast

Veronika Eberle gives Belfast a night to remember

By , 08 March 2019
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Ádam Fischer conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall © Chris Lee
New York City

A clean, lean “Eroica” from Fischer and the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

By , 02 March 2019
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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Bruges

Luminous Beethoven and impetuous Connesson in Bruges

By , 01 March 2019
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Giordano Bellincampi © Andreas Köhring
Auckland

Sweeping Bruckner but lacklustre Beethoven from the Auckland Philharmonia

By , 28 February 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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Joshua Bell © Richard Ashcroft
London

Passion and playfulness in an engaging programme from Joshua Bell

By , 27 February 2019
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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
London

Social turmoil and a personal meditation: Kirill Gerstein at Wigmore Hall

By , 24 February 2019
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Bernard Haitink conducts the BRSO © Peter Meisel
Munich

Flying Dutchman: Haitink conducts soaring Beethoven in Munich

By , 22 February 2019
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
Cleveland

Blomstedt’s bucolic Beethoven and Mendelssohn in Cleveland

By , 21 February 2019
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

Beethoven and Henderickx for a striking programme in Brussels

By , 17 February 2019
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Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
London

From the cradle to the grave: German Romantics from the Nash Ensemble

By , 16 February 2019
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Carlos Miguel Prieto © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

An evening with the Hallé of rhythmical virtuosity with a lively dash of Hispanic colour

By , 14 February 2019
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Boxwood & Brass © Tom Bowles
London

Master and pupil: Beethoven's Septet arranged by Czerny

By , 14 February 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Divertimento #15 © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

SF Ballet's Program 2 is a Kaleidoscope of Vibrant Works

By , 12 February 2019
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Beethoven heroics among a sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

By , 10 February 2019
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Radu Lupu © Priska Ketterer
London

Limpid clarity: Beethoven and Rachmaninov from Lupu, Järvi and the Philharmonia

By , 03 February 2019
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Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Antwerp

Isabelle Faust shines in German early romantics programme from Gardiner and the LSO

By , 30 January 2019
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Tamsin Waley-Cohen © Ben Russell
London

Venus and the Violin: Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins at Kings Place

By , 27 January 2019
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Rafał Blechacz © Felix Broede | DG
London

Superb in Chopin... and more: Rafał Blechacz at Wigmore Hall

By , 21 January 2019
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Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Liverpool

Profoundly serious Sibelius from the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko

By , 20 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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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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Christian Ihle Hadland © Nikolaj Lund
Dublin

Beethoven to remember from Christian Ihle Hadland and the RTÉ NSO

By , 11 January 2019
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Hugh Tinney © Colm Hogan at Castletown House
Dublin

Thoughtful "Emperor" from Tinney and lively Symphony no.7 from Alber in Beethoven concert

By , 30 November 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 conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Flawed heroics bring Barenboim's Sydney stint to a finish

By , 27 November 2018
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

A manifesto against war: Dubugnon première impresses in Brussels, but Beethoven disappoints

By , 25 November 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony in Beethoven © Robert Torres
Boston

Sturm und drollery: Nelsons' Beethoven in Boston

By , 23 November 2018
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Berlin

Berlin remembers World War 1 with Beethoven's Missa solemnis

By , 23 November 2018
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Tognetti’s Beethoven, Beethoven’s Fifth: the ACO back in Sydney

By , 20 November 2018
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Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Berlin

Tales of the unexpected: Ticciati and Tetzlaff at the Philharmonie

By , 16 November 2018
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Alasdair Beatson © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Mysterious and glittering machines from Alasdair Beatson at Kings Place

By , 14 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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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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The Tonkünstler in Usher Hall © Ute van der Sanden
Edinburgh

Knockout playing from the Tonkünstler in Edinburgh

By , 28 October 2018
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Imogen Cooper © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Luminous decay from Imogen Cooper at Kings Place

By , 28 October 2018
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Simone Lamsma and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Belgrade

Simone Lamsma thrills in Bartok's First Violin Concerto in Belgrade

By , 26 October 2018
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Daniel Barenboim plays at the Pierre Boulez Saal © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Conviction and courage: Barenboim kicks off his Beethoven cycle at the Pierre Boulez Saal

By , 26 October 2018
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges
Seattle

Kanneh-Mason gives royal performance in Seattle

By , 20 October 2018
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
London

Ashkenazy and the Southbank Sinfonia: enthusiasm, but a lack of profundity

By , 16 October 2018
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Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

Divine ire: two ballets inspired by Greek myth from the LPO

By , 06 October 2018
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George Li © Simon Fowler
Kansas City

A Thousand Words: Carnival spirits from Michael Kurth at Helzberg Hall

By , 06 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
London

Psychedelic musical bestiary meets Beethoven at Barbican Hall

By , 05 October 2018
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Freddy Kempf © IMG Artists
Manchester

Staples of the Romantic repertoire from Freddy Kempf and the NCO at Stoller Hall

By , 28 September 2018
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Melanie Diener (Leonore) and Daniel Frank (Florestan) © Hana Smejkalová
Prague

A bold update of Beethoven in Prague

By , 22 September 2018
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Nicholas Collon, Marcus Farnsworth and the Aurora Orchestra © Nick Rutter
London

Scintillating Beethoven and Gruber from Aurora Orchestra

By , 16 September 2018
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