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Joshua Bell © Chris Lee
Zürich

Virtuoso violin, dynamic conducting: Joshua Bell and Jakub Hrůša in Zurich

By , 07 December 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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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A chiaroscuro-free, shiny Samson et Dalila at The Met

By , 24 September 2018
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Joshua Bell © Richard Ashcroft
London

Prom 40: Two sides of Joshua Bell with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

By , 12 August 2018
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Paolo Bortolameolli © Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles

Dvořák and Saint-Saëns provide light summer fare at the Hollywood Bowl

By , 02 August 2018
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Colin Currie, Owen Gunnell, Adrian Spillett and Sam Walton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 3: An inflated Prom to celebrate BBC Young Musicians

By , 15 July 2018
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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: a tepid Samson et Dalila in Vienna

By , 12 May 2018
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Boris Giltburg © Marc Gourdon
Birmingham

Boris Giltburg and the CBSO power through Prokofiev

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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Nicholas Carter © Annette Koroll
Adelaide

Adelaide Symphony’s Master Series launches with Saint-Saëns

By , 06 April 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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Svetlana Zakharova in Revelation © Pierluigi Abbondanza
Hong Kong

Zakharova and Repin share the stage in Pas de deux for Toes and Fingers

By , 28 February 2018
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Louis Lortie © Elias
Manchester

Unpolished gems: Saint-Saëns, Smetana, Sinfonietta and Chasse royale

By , 12 January 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Atlanta

Oundjian and Coucheron play Saint-Saëns

By , 11 January 2018
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Orla Boylan, Fergus Sheil, Anna Devin and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra © Ste Murray
Dublin

The Big Bang: a starry launch for Irish National Opera

By , 09 January 2018
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Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © François Goupil
Paris

As English as roast beef: Nézet-Séguin and L'Orchestre Métropolitain bring Elgar to Paris

By , 03 December 2017
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Søndergård’s Scheherezade a mixed success in Edinburgh

By , 17 November 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Prom 51: Hearty Elgar from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 22 August 2017
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Charles Dutoit, Joshua Bell and the RPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 43: Dutoit and the RPO pull out all the stops

By , 17 August 2017
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François-Xavier Roth © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 42: An exotic banquet to savour from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles

By , 16 August 2017
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Benjamin Northey © Ross Calia
Melbourne

Fraternity and frivolity: from Bizet to Elgar in Melbourne

By , 28 July 2017
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Alexander Kniazev © Istanbul Music Festival
Istanbul

Brahms and Elgar – Russian Style: Alexander Kniazev in Istanbul

By , 10 June 2017
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Edgaras Montvidas (Conrad), Raphaëlle Delaunay (Fiammetta) and Tassis Christoyannis (Spiridion) © Pierre Grosbois
Paris

For whom the bell tolls: Saint-Saëns' Le Timbre d'argent chimes again at the Opéra Comique

By , 09 June 2017
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Sascha Goetzel and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic © Ersin Durmus | Istanbul Music Festival
Istanbul

An esoteric combination opens the aptly named Unusual Istanbul Music Festival

By , 29 May 2017
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Marcela Roggeri © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Le Bœuf sur le toit: Paris in the Roaring Twenties celebrated at the Institut français

By , 02 April 2017
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Matthias Pintscher © Felix Broede
Cleveland

With a composer’s ear: Matthias Pintscher conducts a highlight of The Cleveland Orchestra's season

By , 23 February 2017
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Michael Francis © Marco Borggreve
Atlanta

Beautifully played Vaughan Williams crowns program in Atlanta

By , 23 February 2017
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Ben Gernon © Hannah Taylor
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic and Ben Gernon: Relishing in Revolution

By , 04 February 2017
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Karina Canellakis © Todd Rosenberg
Oxford

Karina Canellakis skippers a French voyage with the Oxford Philharmonic

By , 28 January 2017
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Yannick Nézét-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

A brilliant start to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Paris Festival

By , 13 January 2017
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Lara Melda © Benjamin Harte
London

Listen with Aurora: an exploration of childhood at Kings Place

By , 16 December 2016
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Tilson Thomas offers dynamic ballet scores in Chicago

By , 15 December 2016
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István Várdai © Felbontású Nagy
Budapest

Camille Saint-Saëns: Várdai and Vigh unveil musical treasures in Budapest

By , 14 December 2016
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Behzod Abduraimov © Benjamin Ealovega | Decca Classics
Birmingham

Jaw-dropping brilliance: Abduraimov's Saint-Saëns impresses in Birmingham

By , 13 December 2016
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Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
Vienna

The Russian–French Connection in the Musikverein

By , 03 December 2016
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Jean-Luc Tingaud © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Operatic drama in Saint-Saëns' “Organ Symphony " from Jean-Luc Tingaud and the RPO

By , 29 November 2016
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Gregory Kunde (Samson) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

Cecil B DeMille in China for Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila in Turin

By , 15 November 2016
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Cristian Mandeal © Hazard Chase
Liverpool

Spectacular Saint-Saëns from Ian Fountain and Cristian Mandeal in Liverpool

By , 10 November 2016
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Bertrand Chamayou © Marco Borggreve | Warner Classics
Lugano

Evocation of the Ancestors: Dutoit opens Lugano Musica with Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

By , 22 September 2016
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Gautier Capuçon © Gregory Batardon
Los Angeles

French classics from Capuçon and Morlot as the Hollywood Bowl's summer nears its end

By , 13 September 2016
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Golda Schultz © BBC | Sisi Burn
London

Proms Chamber Music 2: Fun, energy and variety from 12 cellists and a soprano

By , 25 July 2016
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Carnegie Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary © Chris Lee
New York City

Musical stars power Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary Gala

By , 05 May 2016
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Javier Perianes © Josep Molina
London

Grand Tour: the LPO in French masterpieces

By , 20 April 2016
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Thomas Hampson © Kristin Hoebermann
Vienna

Hampson and Rieger in songs of love and loss at the Konzerthaus, Vienna

By , 26 February 2016
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Zenaida Yanowsky © Johan Persson
London

A danced Dim Sum: Sadler’s Wells Sampled

By , 29 January 2016
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Sol Gabetta © Uwe Arens
Sydney

Sol Gabetta a stylish soloist with the Basel Chamber Orchestra in Sydney

By , 29 November 2015
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Miguel Harth-Bedoya © Erik Dyrhaug
Sydney

Alan Holley's ornithological interlude between two masterpieces in Sydney

By , 11 November 2015
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Benjamin Grosvenor © operaomnia.co.uk
London

Mixed performances from a mélange of French composers at the Festival Hall

By , 23 October 2015
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Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
Liverpool

Transports of Delight: Gimeno and the RLPO tell Exotic Tales

By , 16 October 2015
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Michael Collins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Autumn sunshine and Gallic flair: Michael Collins in recital at Wigmore Hall

By , 26 September 2015
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