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Birmingham

John Wilson and the CBSO present British classics with a difference

By , 01 March 2017
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London

Philip Sawyers' powerful new symphony delivered with intensity and focus

By , 28 February 2017
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London

Epic Sibelius ends the Tonkünstler's second Cadogan Hall concert

By , 28 February 2017
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Turku

The Men of Kaleva in Pohjola: After 127 years, Müller-Berghaus opera given world première in Turku

By , 28 February 2017
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Karlsruhe

Anna Bonitatibus explores heroines of antiquity in Karlsruhe

By , 27 February 2017
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Stockholm

Verdi’s Masked Ball returns to the scene of the crime in Stockholm

By , 27 February 2017
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London

“A sad tale’s best for winter”: Wigglesworth's Shakespeare full of eloquent clarity at the Coliseum

By , 27 February 2017
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London

Triumph of the human spirit: defiance and compassion from Marin Alsop and RPO

By , 27 February 2017
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New York City

Vienna Philharmonic showcases two bookends of the Romantic era at Carnegie Hall

By , 26 February 2017
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Zürich

A sizzling myth of matricide: Manfred Trojahn’s Orest in Zurich

By , 26 February 2017
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London

From Vienna to the New World: Beethoven and Dvořák from the Vienna Tonkünstler

By , 26 February 2017
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Chicago

Minimalist Onegin on the Lyric Opera stage

By , 26 February 2017
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Karlsruhe

Music for the Angels: Dixit Dominus and others at Karlsruhe

By , 26 February 2017
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Hong Kong

Miraculous Makropulos Case debuts in Asia at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

By , 25 February 2017
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San Francisco

San Francisco Opera Lab's The Source belongs here and now

By , 25 February 2017
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Sydney

Tosca under Nazi occupation breaks hearts at Opera Australia

By , 25 February 2017
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Karlsruhe

Handel's “Frauenliebe und -leben” with Patrizia Ciofi in Karlsruhe

By , 25 February 2017
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Moscow

The Bolshoi’s Imposing Ivan the Terrible

By , 24 February 2017
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Edinburgh

Moscow City Ballet's Sleeping Beauty delights the Edinburgh Playhouse

By , 24 February 2017
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Chicago

Muti finds explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible in Chicago

By , 24 February 2017
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Boston

Dreams and nightmares: Gubaidulina world première and Shostakovich’s Seventh with the Boston Symphony

By , 24 February 2017
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New York City

Schubert + Staar + (Strauss x 2) = Vienna Philharmonic and Franz Welser-Möst at Carnegie Hall

By , 24 February 2017
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Glasgow

McVicar's stylish and moving Pelléas et Mélisande from Scottish Opera

By , 23 February 2017
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Manchester

Powerful Prokofiev and exquisite Fauré from The Hallé

By , 23 February 2017
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Atlanta

Beautifully played Vaughan Williams crowns program in Atlanta

By , 23 February 2017
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London

Emperors and prophets from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 23 February 2017
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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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Hamburg

Hair-raising Bartók and exceptional Mozart from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Hamburg

By , 23 February 2017
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London

Good hunting and friendly conversation: Artemis Quartet and Anna Vinnitskaya at Wigmore Hall

By , 23 February 2017
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London

Black Angels: Kopatchinskaja and Jurowski brush with death

By , 22 February 2017
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London

Lines of beauty: Rihm and Bruckner from the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 22 February 2017
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London

DeNada Dance Theatre: Ham & Passion

By , 22 February 2017
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Zürich

Dynamic Bartók from Julia Fischer in Zurich

By , 22 February 2017
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Poole

Wonderful German Romanticism from the Bournemouth SO at the Lighthouse

By , 22 February 2017
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Hong Kong

Bauhaus comes to the Hong Kong Arts Festival: The Triadic Ballet

By , 21 February 2017
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Berlin

Once more, with feeling: Víkingur Ólafsson plays Glass in Berlin

By , 21 February 2017
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Madrid

World première of Elena Mendoza's City of Lies at Teatro Real

By , 21 February 2017
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New York City

Vittorio Grigòlo energizes an uneven Met staging of Werther

By , 20 February 2017
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London

Perahia and the ASMF are full of the joys of spring in Beethoven

By , 20 February 2017
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London

Blank canvas: Pallid Berlioz from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

By , 20 February 2017
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Perth WA

An exhilarating, exhausting, extraordinary journey: Shostakovich’s String Quartets in Perth

By , 19 February 2017
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Chicago

Benjamin Grosvenor’s Chicago debut: virtuosity as a vehicle for exploring artistic depths

By , 19 February 2017
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Manchester

From Leipzig to Finland: obscurities and war horses in Manchester

By , 19 February 2017
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Munich

Making Babylon great again: DiDonato shines in musically spectacular Semiramide in Munich

By , 18 February 2017
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London

Beethoven à la française: Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy at Kings Place

By , 18 February 2017
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London

Flamenco Festival London: Cía Eva Yerbabuena - Apariencias

By , 17 February 2017
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Sydney

The ‘unplayable’ played brilliantly: Vengerov with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

By , 17 February 2017
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London

Sensitive Schreker and energetic Rachmaninov from the BBC SO

By , 17 February 2017
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San Francisco

Frankenstein at San Francisco Ballet: Is traditional ballet enough?

By , 17 February 2017
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Glasgow

Alina Ibragimova with the Scottish Ensemble explore the political, spiritual and emotional

By , 17 February 2017
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