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Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Rafael Payare

By , 07 December 2018
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Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Belfast

Rafael Payare gives Shostakovich 8 a rare airing in Belfast

By , 30 November 2018
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Jaap van Zweden © Steven Pisano
New York City

Rarely played Britten, forceful Shostakovich at the New York Philharmonic

By , 29 November 2018
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ghostly remembrances: Mieczysław Weinberg championed in Birmingham

By , 24 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
London

Hrůša’s Slavic canvas and the mystery of Kabeláč

By , 22 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Cleveland

Hrůša and Ax join Cleveland Orchestra in powerful Eastern European program

By , 15 November 2018
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Gautier Capuçon © Catherine Pluchart
London

Chameleon colours from Batiashvili, Capuçon and Thibaudet at the Barbican

By , 12 November 2018
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Alina Pogostkina © Nikolaj Lund
Belgrade

Serene Vasks and exuberant Shostakovich in Belgrade

By , 09 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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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

MacMillan première outgunned by Shostakovich at the Barbican

By , 04 November 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
London

Passionate Shostakovich from Noseda and the LSO

By , 01 November 2018
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Lionel Bringuier © Simon Pauly
London

The Goldilocks approach to Russian masterworks from Bringuier, Sokolov and the RPO

By , 30 October 2018
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Stanislav Kochanovsky © Marco Borggreve
Dublin

Stanislav Kochanovsky delivers a powerful Shostakovich 7 in Dublin

By , 26 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Adriane White
Amsterdam

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in symphonically lustrous Weill

By , 18 October 2018
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Martin Fröst, Sakari Oramo and the BBCSP © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Powerful Prokofiev and charming Copland from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 17 October 2018
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Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Birmingham

Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

By , 13 October 2018
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Rafael Payare © Luis Cobelo
Belfast

Rafael Payare opens his final Ulster Orchestra season

By , 14 September 2018
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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 69: Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss of Shostakovich 4

By , 03 September 2018
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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra excel in rare Bernstein and popular Shostakovich

By , 27 August 2018
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Andris Nelsons leads the BSO © Hilary Scott
Lenox

Storm inside and outside the Koussevitzky Shed: Nelsons and Boston Symphony at Tanglewood

By , 17 August 2018
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Nicholas Collon © BBC | Chris Chistodoulou
London

Prom 32: Inside Shostakovich’s Ninth with Aurora Orchestra

By , 06 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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Mark Simpson performing Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 4: Mark Simpson impresses in Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto

By , 16 July 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve J Sherman
London

Precision and abandon in the LSO's Shostakovich

By , 24 June 2018
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Andreas Ottensamer © Katja Ruge | Decca
Auckland

Stunning Weber from Andreas Ottensamer in Auckland

By , 21 June 2018
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Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

By , 16 June 2018
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Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Birmingham

The good, the bad and the ugly: Shostakovich, Brahms and Simon Holt in Birmingham

By , 13 June 2018
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Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
London

Emotional extremes from the Belcea Quartet and Antoine Tamestit at Wigmore Hall

By , 12 June 2018
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Sasha, Mischa and Lily Maisky © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Life and death in Istanbul: Maisky family trio plays Mahler, Shostakovich and Schumann

By , 04 June 2018
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Atlanta

Nikolaj Znaider plays Tchaikovsky with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

By , 02 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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Arabella Steinbacher © Peter Rigaud
London

Elegant guise from Arabella Steinbacher as Dresden Philharmonic takes on Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

By , 22 May 2018
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Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
New York City

A New York Philharmonic performance starting as a routine event and ending as an exceptional one

By , 19 May 2018
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Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
Vienna

From Beethoven to Shostakovich: Honeck, Levit and the Symphoniker at the Musikverein

By , 16 May 2018
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keth Saunders
London

Beauty and the beast: Two faces of Shostakovitch revealed by Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia

By , 29 April 2018
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Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet © Jennifer Taylor
New York City

An evolving partnership: Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson Quartet at Carnegie Hall

By , 27 April 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Dale Wilcox
Edinburgh

Oundjian at his best in Shostakovich's “Leningrad” Symphony

By , 20 April 2018
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Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
London

From a tango to brutality: Jurowski revels in Stravinsky, Debussy and Shostakovich

By , 18 April 2018
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Natalia Kreslina (Katerina) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A study in black and terror: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Naples

By , 15 April 2018
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sergey), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

No muddle, just music: Pappano delivers an exceptional Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

By , 12 April 2018
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
New York City

A Boston Symphony performance at Carnegie Hall marked by Mahler’s shadow

By , 11 April 2018
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Kirill Petrenko © Wilfried Hösl
New York City

A remarkable, long-overdue debut at Carnegie Hall: Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester

By , 28 March 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

A musical journey spanning three centuries with The Hallé

By , 15 March 2018
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Edo de Waart © Jesse Willems
Atlanta

De Waart and Hadelich are first-rate with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

By , 01 March 2018
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Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

By , 21 February 2018
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Steven Isserlis © Kevin Davis
London

Steven Isserlis and Alexander Melnikov bring Russian intensity to Wigmore Hall

By , 21 February 2018
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | Deutsche Grammophon
Vienna

A race through to the death: Goerne and Trifonov at the Konzerthaus

By , 16 February 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony triumphs anew under Nézet-Séguin in Philadelphia

By , 15 February 2018
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Cohen Aitchison-Dugas and Belle Beasley in Portugal's Behind the Mirror © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Ballet in black to pointed parody: Zurich’s junior ensemble takes to the stage

By , 11 February 2018
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Mischa Maisky and Martha Argerich © Tom Howard | Barbican
London

Majoring in the minor: Jansen, Maisky and Argerich at the Barbican

By , 06 February 2018
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