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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Jennifer Johnston

London

Winding journeys of song at Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 20 January 2019
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Robert Trevino © Lisa Hancock
Dublin

Trevino leads powerful Mahler Second in Dublin

By , 14 September 2018
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Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Munich

Kirill Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

By , 14 July 2018
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Franz Welser-Möst at the podium (17 May concert) © Ken Blaze, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

A brilliant Beethoven 9 marks The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th anniversary season closer

By , 18 May 2018
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Simon O'Neill and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Memorable and epic Die Walküre at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 06 August 2017
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John Adams takes a bow after conducting his opera, ‘Dr Atomic’ © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Death, destroyer of worlds: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic at the Barbican

By , 25 April 2017
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Stephen Hough © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Startling gems: Stephen Hough the composer with The Prince Consort at Wigmore Hall

By , 28 October 2016
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Ian Bostridge (Peter Quint) and Miah Persson (Governess) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Blank canvas, dark projections: a brooding Turn of the Screw at La Scala

By , 16 September 2016
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Danae) © Salzburger Festspiele | Forster
Salzburg

Going for gold: Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae returns to Salzburg

By , 05 August 2016
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Lars Vogt © Neva Nadaee
Gateshead

Happy endings: Sibelius and Mozart with Royal Northern Sinfonia

By , 10 June 2016
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Franz Welser-Möst conducts Dvořák's Stabat Mater in Cleveland © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

A lyrical performance of Dvořák's Stabat Mater in Cleveland

By , 26 May 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Liverpool

Private and public grief: Shostakovich and Mahler in Liverpool

By , 21 May 2016
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Vassily Sinaisky © Ulla Alderin
Manchester

A floor-shaking Mahler 2 from Sinaisky and the BBC Phil

By , 14 May 2016
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Jennifer Johnston © Gisela Schenker
Leeds

Bursting with drama and hope: Tippett's A Child of Our Time in Leeds

By , 12 March 2016
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Jennifer Johnston © Gisela Schenker
Liverpool

Petrenko's stormy Alpensinfonie

By , 04 October 2015
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 20: BBC Philharmonic taxing and arresting in Schubert, Bedford and Bruckner

By , 01 August 2015
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Milan

CO₂ at La Scala: a challenging truth by Giorgio Battistelli

By , 22 May 2015
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Munich

Munich’s uneven Ring finishes with a strong Götterdämmerung

By , 20 March 2015
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Munich

Munich's Rheingold: beautiful, but leaves many questions

By , 20 February 2015
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Munich

An unconventional Guillaume Tell in Munich has no heroes

By , 18 January 2015
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London

"Better late than never": Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Beethoven at a late night Prom

By , 26 August 2014
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Worcester

An exultant Mahler "Resurrection" Symphony in Worcester Cathedral

By , 28 July 2014
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London

A birthday gift for Accrington's finest: Gawain at the Barbican

By , 16 May 2014
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London

Bach Unwrapped Finale: Mass in B minor

By , 21 December 2013
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London

Prom 71: Introspection and heartache from Górecki, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky

By , 04 September 2013
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London

Prom 38: The NYO celebrate the Royal Philharmonic Society at 200 with Beethoven and Turnage

By , 11 August 2013
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London

Sir John Eliot Gardiner at 70 with the LSO and Stravinsky

By , 25 April 2013
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Costa Mesa

John Eliot Gardiner enlightens with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Orange County

By , 19 November 2012
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New York City

John Eliot Gardiner's Beethoven 9 still shocks at Carnegie Hall

By , 16 November 2012
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Dallas

Music for Any Season: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Dallas

By , 31 March 2012
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London

Raymond Gubbay presents Beethoven's Ninth: Christmas at the Barbican

By , 29 December 2011
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Sir Simon Rattle © Peter Meisel | BRSO
Munich

Eine magische konzertante Walküre mit Rattle und dem BRSO

By , 10 February 2019
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Madrid

Evocación, contemplación y acción: Stravinsky y Beethoven para la clausura de la temporada “Redenciones” de la OCNE

By , 30 June 2018
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Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Münchens betagte Götterdämmerung überzeugt mit musikalischen Highlights

By , 11 February 2018
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John Lundgren (Wotan) und Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Die Walküre an der Bayerischen Staatsoper begeistert mit meisterlicher Klangvielfalt

By , 19 January 2018
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John Lundgren (Alberich) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Die Bayerische Staatsoper sonnt sich im alten Glanz des Rheingolds

By , 13 January 2018
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Suor Angelica: Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Aufs Wesentliche reduziert: Il trittico sorgt für musikalische Highlights an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

By , 20 December 2017
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David Zinman © Priska Ketterer
Lyon

Le symphonique monumental : David Zinman dirige la Troisième de Mahler à Lyon

By , 04 February 2017
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Leonard Slatkin © Donald Dietz
Lyon

Solistes de choix, choristes en voix : un Requiem belcantiste aux mille facettes

By , 23 September 2016
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Berlin

P(o)ur Strawinsky! Gardiners fulminantes Comeback bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

By , 04 June 2016
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Christiane Karg © Gisela Schenker
Vienna

Ergriffensein von sublimer Poesie: Robert Schumanns Szenen aus Goethes Faust im Wiener Konzerthaus

By , 21 November 2015
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London

Elias de Mendelssohn : le Bach Choir et le Royal Philharmonic Orchestra en manque d'inspiration

By , 07 June 2015
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