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James Baillieu © Clive Barda
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival's Queen's Hall cycle closes with a Bernstein flourish

By , 25 August 2018
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 56: Blistering Bruckner from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 24 August 2018
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Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve
Cleveland

Handel, Haydn, Mozart: A superb summer evening at Cleveland’s Severance Hall

By , 24 August 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes makes a dazzling EIF debut

By , 23 August 2018
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Seong-Jin Cho and the EUYO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 49: Eloquence and elegance from the EUYO, Noseda and Cho

By , 19 August 2018
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Sascha El Mouissi and Rafael Fingerlos © Lucerne Festival | Peter Fischli
Lucerne

Rafael Fingerlos and Sascha El Mouissi perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe, a product of its time

By , 18 August 2018
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James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Cleveland

Perfect music for a summer evening: Gaffigan and The Cleveland Orchestra

By , 18 August 2018
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Riccardo Chailly and Lang Lang © Priska Ketterer | Lucerne Festival
Lucerne

Marvel and fantasy as the Lucerne Festival begins

By , 17 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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Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 42: Paavo Järvi flies the flag for Estonia

By , 13 August 2018
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McFall's Chamber at the Fringe © McFall's Chamber
Edinburgh

Red Blue Balance: McFall’s Chamber's inspirational jazz fusion at the Fringe

By , 12 August 2018
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Takács Quartet © Amanda Tipton
Edinburgh

Takács Quartet heads east in Edinburgh

By , 11 August 2018
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Louis Langrée © Mostly Mozart | Jennifer Taylor
New York City

Mostly Mozart concludes with a deeply-felt Requiem

By , 10 August 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the LSO © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Rattle and the LSO make their Edinburgh Festival debut together

By , 10 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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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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Osmo Vänskä © BBC | Chris Chistodoulou
London

Prom 31: An all-American concert from Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä

By , 06 August 2018
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Immer mit der Ruhe © Yannick Andrea, Davos Festival
Davos

Three concerts and the magic mountain’s Sunday rest in Davos

By , 05 August 2018
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Young musicians of the Davos Festival © Yannick Andrea | Davos Festival
Davos

Fine talents at the Davos Festival – Young Artists in Concert

By , 04 August 2018
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Paul Lewis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Prom 15: Gernon, Lewis and the BBC Philharmonic keep things on the move

By , 25 July 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 14: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic go for contrasts

By , 24 July 2018
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Seong-Jin Cho © Harald Hoffmann | DG
Verbier

Seong-Jin Cho shows maturity and subtlety in Verbier recital

By , 23 July 2018
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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Synergy and excitement from Alban Gerhardt and Víkingur Ólafsson at Wigmore Hall

By , 23 July 2018
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Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
London

Prom 8: Thomas Søndergård explores youthful beginnings and untimely ends

By , 20 July 2018
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Gabriela Montero © Shelley Mosman
London

Gabriela Montero returns to Wigmore Hall

By , 19 July 2018
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Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Birmingham

Igor Levit delivers a majestic recital in Birmingham

By , 19 July 2018
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 6: Love laid bare in a passionate Turangalîla from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 18 July 2018
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Calidore String Quartet © Sophie Zhai
London

Proms at... Engaging invention from Shaw and joyous Schumann

By , 16 July 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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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 2: Poise and restraint from Alain Altinoglu and the RPO

By , 14 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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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Bantry

Ibragimova thrills in Franck sonata in splendid Bantry closer

By , 08 July 2018
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Steven Osborne © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Poetry in every bar: Steven Osborne at Wigmore Hall

By , 07 July 2018
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
London

Cream buns from Schiff: Fine fare to close the OAE season

By , 04 July 2018
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Apollon Musagète Quartet © Marco Borggreve
Bantry

Riveting Franck at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

By , 01 July 2018
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Manfred Honeck © Felix Broede
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Symphony closes season with magnificent Beethoven and Berlioz

By , 16 June 2018
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
Hamburg

Latin fire and spirit from Heras-Casado and Piemontesi at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 14 June 2018
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Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
London

Lovely programme... but the Philharmonia's Grieg and Tchaikovsky could deliver more

By , 14 June 2018
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Vestard Shimkus © Ars Produktion
Riga

Vestard Shimkus delivers exhilarating Dreamscapes in Riga

By , 13 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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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
Manchester

The BBC Philharmonic say adiós to Mena

By , 09 June 2018
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Liverpool

Hough in exemplary Beethoven before Manze’s Antarctic tour

By , 07 June 2018
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Inon Barnatan © Marco Borggreve
Atlanta

Scheherazade ends the Atlanta season on a high

By , 07 June 2018
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Ferhan & Ferzan Onder © Ali Guler
Istanbul

Playful light and colour from the Amsterdam Sinfonietta at the Istanbul Music Festival

By , 05 June 2018
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Paul Lewis © Jack Liebeck
London

Subtlety and gravity: Paul Lewis delves deep in mature Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms

By , 05 June 2018
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Yuja Wang © Ian Douglas
London

Intimacy and brilliant showmanship from Yuja Wang at the Barbican

By , 05 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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Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Masterful Dukas and Rachmaninov and a Berlioz with more to be desired from the Philharmonia

By , 03 June 2018
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Tatsuki Narita, Mami Hagiwara and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi © Suntory Hall
Tokyo

A masterclass in chamber playing at Suntory Hall

By , 02 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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