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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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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
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Mikko Franck © Abramowitz | Radio France
Berlin

Paradise Regained: Schumann’s secular oratorio in Berlin

By , 17 May 2018
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
London

Mini-Mahler: a reduced but upscale Das Lied von der Erde at Kings Place

By , 14 October 2017
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Alisa Kolosova © Todd Rosenberg
Auckland

La Damnation de Faust on autopilot in Auckland

By , 27 August 2017
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Gun-Brit Barkmin © Aline Paley
Verbier

A Salome lacking drama at the Verbier Festival

By , 21 July 2017
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Melbourne

Heavenly music in Melbourne as Sir Andrew Davis leads Haydn’s Creation

By , 15 June 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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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
Oslo

St John Passion disappointingly dispassionate in Oslo

By , 06 April 2017
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The Epic of Gilgamesh © Petra Hajská
Prague

Gilgamesh: In Prague, a rousing revival of an ancient story

By , 25 January 2017
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Andrew Staples (Tamino) Ann Toomey, Lauren Decker and Annie Rosen (Three Ladies) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

The Magic Flute: American nostalgia invoked in Chicago

By , 10 December 2016
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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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Pauline Cheviller © Camilla Greenwell
London

“Sing O Muse": Salonen explores Stravinsky inspired by Greek myth

By , 25 September 2016
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Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Streamlined Bach from the Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth

By , 21 April 2016
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Sir Simon Rattle © Simon Fowler
London

London Symphony Chorus turns 50: precision and flair in Haydn's Seasons

By , 17 April 2016
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Cornelius Meister © Marco Borggreve
Vienna

Shock of the new: Cornelius Meister and the Vienna RSO on new days, new seasons, new compositions

By , 09 April 2016
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Christian Gerhaher © Jim Rakete | Sony Classical
London

The pulse of life: a nearly transcendent performance of Scenes from Goethe's Faust at the Barbican

By , 20 March 2016
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María Miró (Mariana) and Manuela Uhl (Isabella) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Nobody expects Wagnerian comedy: Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Real

By , 22 February 2016
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Sophie Bevan (The Governess) © Matt Jolly | Aldeburgh Music
London

Star turn: a formidably cast presentation of Britten’s Screw

By , 26 October 2015
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Gidon Saks © Johan Persson
Edinburgh

Too good to be true: A very fine Rakes Progress at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 12 August 2015
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Bernarda Fink © Stefan Reichmann
London

Rattle and the LSO give us a taste of rare but lovely Schumann

By , 11 January 2015
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Ilan Volkov © BBC| Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Edinburgh

Janáček's Glagolitic Mass crowns Edinburgh International Festival

By , 30 August 2014
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Sir Andrew Davis © Chris Christodoulou
London

A traditional start to a traditional Proms season

By , 18 July 2014
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Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde at the BBC Proms ©  BBC/Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 19: Semyon Bychkov's Tristan with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 27 July 2013
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SCO  ©  Chris Christodoulou
Edinburgh

Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Adam Fischer excel in Haydn

By , 28 February 2013
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Kristjan Järvi  ©  Peter Rigaud
London

Candide (or Optimism)

By , 05 June 2011
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Hamelin © Sim Canetty Clarke
Leeds

St Matthew Passion

By , 09 April 2011
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Angela Denoke as Salome (c) 2010 The Royal Opera/Clive Barda
London

Angela Denoke sings Salome at Covent Garden

By , 06 July 2010
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
Bamberg

Musikalische Meister treffen aufeinander: Blomstedt und Bachs Johannes-Passion in Bamberg

By , 30 March 2018
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Beekman (High Priest), Semenzato, Staples (Jonathan), Chenez (Witch of Endor), Prohaska, Boesch © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

Saul am Theater an der Wien: Händel, Guth, alles gut

By , 16 February 2018
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI Classics
Rome

Sir Antonio Pappano dirige une grandiose Passion selon saint Jean à l’Auditorium Parco della Musica

By , 13 April 2017
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Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves
Munich

Energiegeladener Beethoven: brüderlicher Abschluss am Odeonsplatz

By , 17 July 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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