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Doric String Quartet at Snape Maltings © Matt Jolly | Snape Maltings
Snape

Scintillating Britten from the Doric String Quartet at Snape Maltings

By , 20 October 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
Amsterdam

An unfussy, memorable War Requiem from Noseda and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 11 October 2018
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Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Brussels

Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten with the National Orchestra of Belgium

By , 05 October 2018
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Benjamin Appl © Lars Borges | Sony Classical
London

Britten's War Requiem floods Westminster Cathedral with compassion

By , 03 October 2018
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Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle and the LSO launch their season

By , 18 September 2018
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Peter Oundjian © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 72: A reflective War Requiem from Oundjian and the RSNO

By , 06 September 2018
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Genevieve Girling
London

New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's

By , 03 September 2018
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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
London

Prom 34: Mena bids farewell to BBC Philharmonic in dynamic Anglo-American programme

By , 08 August 2018
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
London

Blissful daydreams on a hot afternoon: lullabies and dreams from Connolly and Middleton

By , 06 August 2018
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Donald Runnicles conducting the World Orchestra for Peace © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 9: A lively Beethoven 9 from Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace

By , 21 July 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Cleveland

Storgårds leads Cleveland Orchestra in intriguing Blossom program

By , 15 July 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Berlin

Restless spirits: Pappano conducts Britten's War Requiem in Berlin

By , 26 June 2018
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Daniel Alexander Sidhom (Miles) © Johan Persson
London

Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park: ENO's The Turn of the Screw

By , 25 June 2018
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia

By , 09 June 2018
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Rafael Payare © Bjørn Bertheussen
Belfast

Payare and Ulster Orchestra play to a full house in season finale

By , 01 June 2018
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Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

By , 25 May 2018
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

The vindication of a neglected masterpiece: a landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

By , 14 April 2018
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Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi
London

Intense Elgar from Isserlis, with the RPO woodwinds as equal stars of the show

By , 04 April 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
Vienna

Artistic prowess from Hrůša, Andsnes and the Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein

By , 21 March 2018
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Mark Padmore © Marco Borggreve
Snape

Present for the future: a hansel at Snape Maltings

By , 15 March 2018
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John Chest © Andrey Stoycher
London

A Winter Journey with John Chest and Marcelo Amaral at Wigmore Hall

By , 13 March 2018
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George Longworth (Puck) and Timothy Morgan (Oberon) © Chris Christodoulou
London

Benjamin Britten's recurring Dream, this time at the Royal College of Music

By , 05 March 2018
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
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Štefan Margita	 (Captain Vere) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

Anchors askew in Prague

By , 18 January 2018
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Manze and Fox’s brilliant Britten

By , 18 January 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Scotch Beasts and other forms of Britishness in Philadelphia's Winter Festival

By , 11 January 2018
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David Hallberg in Robbins' Other Dances © Rosalie O’Connor
New York City

Unexpected dream pairing in Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances

By , 22 October 2017
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Janine Jansen © Marco Borggreve
London

On the edge of the precipice: Britten and Mahler from Janine Jansen, Semyon Bychkov and the LSO

By , 05 October 2017
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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra © Ash & James Photography (2015)
Arden Hills

Creation on the quick: masterpieces composed in a hurry from the Saint Paul CO

By , 01 October 2017
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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO © Simon Jay Price
London

The End of Time and a UK première from the LPO and Vladimir Jurowski

By , 27 September 2017
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Vladimir Jurowski © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 71: Elegiac, violent, always purposeful Shostakovich from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 06 September 2017
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Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Searing Shostakovich 4 at the Edinburgh Festival: Russians and Scots recall 1962 Western première

By , 23 August 2017
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Anna Dowsley (Lucretia) © Zan Wimberley
Sydney

The Repairing of Lucretia at Sydney Chamber Opera

By , 19 August 2017
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Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes

By , 13 August 2017
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Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Prom 32: Four centuries of British music from Ryan Wigglesworth and the BBC NOW

By , 09 August 2017
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Siena

Sarah Connolly brings the best of British to Tuscany

By , 05 August 2017
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Tiler Peck and Marcello Gomes perform George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante © courtesy of The Music Center
Los Angeles

BalletNOW suffers from miscasting and a quality of je ne sais quoi.

By , 28 July 2017
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Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 13: a warm, if fatiguing, tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent

By , 24 July 2017
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Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
London

Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder in Wigmore jump-in

By , 22 July 2017
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A Child of our Time at the Three Choirs Festival © Michael Whitefoot
Worcester

Questioning the quintessence of Britain: Elgar, Britten and Tippett at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 22 July 2017
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Bradley Smith (Albert) © Robert Workman
Buxton

Fresh peaches of temptation: Britten's Albert Herring at Buxton

By , 08 July 2017
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Oregon Ballet Theater in Simoneau's Departures © Yi Yin
Portland

Thrilling New Work by Women for Oregon Ballet Theater

By , 29 June 2017
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Adrian Thompson (Mr Upfold), Clarissa Meek (Florence Pike) and Orla Boylan (Lady Billows) © Robert Workman
Alresford

John Copley directs a peach of an Albert Herring for Grange Festival

By , 25 June 2017
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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) © Sam Murray-Sutton
Snape

Opera North sails in to the Aldeburgh Festival with a buoyant revival of Billy Budd

By , 24 June 2017
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A silhouetted fairy © Hugo Glendinning
Snape

A silvery Dream lost among the shadows: Britten at the Aldeburgh Festival

By , 11 June 2017
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Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) © Thor Brødreskift
Bergen

Psychologically splintered: Stuart Skelton leads a stellar Peter Grimes in Bergen

By , 30 May 2017
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Ian Storey (Peter Grimes) © Rocco Casaluci
Bologna

Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk with Britten's Peter Grimes

By , 18 May 2017
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The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra with Long Yu © Guangzhou Symphony
Birmingham

Skin-deep and saccharine: a one-dimensional performance from Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

By , 16 May 2017
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James Conlon © Robert Millard
Washington

Salute to Slava: Shostakovich under the baton of James Conlon

By , 06 April 2017
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Paul Nilon (Aschenbach) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Elegiac decline of a poet: Graham Vick's new Death in Venice at Deutsche Oper

By , 19 March 2017
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