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Instrument: Accordion

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Monte-CarloDenis Matsuev within The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

© Eugene Voensky
Gershwin, Ellington, Paganini, Borodin, Piazzolla, Matsuev
Denis Matsuev; Alexander Zinger; Andrey Ivanov; Aidar Gaynullin

New York CityFamily Concert: My City, My Song

Family Concert: My City, My Song
Magda Giannikou; Falu Shah; Yacouba Sissoko

CáceresSinfónico 10: Dos instrumentos en uno...

Sinfónico 10: Dos instrumentos en uno...
Piazzolla, Gershwin, Barber
Orquesta de Extremadura; Jaume-Blai Santonja Espinos; Claudio Constantini

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 9

Aperghis, Bruckner
Gürzenich Orchestra; Emilio Pomàrico; Teodoro Anzellotti

RhinecliffProgression Ensemble: Rocco Anthony Jerry, Dale Marie Hoagland, Eric Despard

Cooper, Dilthey, Pritsker, Jarvis, Cook
Rocco Anthony Jerry; Eric Despard; Gene Pritsker; Christopher Cook

ViennaElisabeth Kulman: La Femme c´est moi

Bizet, Porter, Britten, Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, Weill, Verdi, Strauss R.
Elisabeth Kulman; Aliosha Biz; Tscho Theissing; Franz Bartolomey

CologneKsenija Sidorova

Rachmaninov, Semionov, Piazzolla, Schnittke
Ksenija Sidorova, Accordion
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An animated trio at the new Tonhalle Maag

Omer Meir Wellber © Tato Baeza
In Zurich’s new and provisional Tonhalle Maag, Omer Meir Wellber recently conducted a triple bill of works from the Baroque, Romantic and modern periods.
***11
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“Or not to be”: Hamlet revived for Glyndebourne’s tour

David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
A restless score, a stylish modern setting and gripping central performances from David Butt Philip (trading Laertes at the festival for the title role here) and Jennifer France (Ophelia) do much to commend this new work
***11
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Intended and unintended images in Oslo

Han-Na Chang © Luciano Romano
Conductor Han-Na Chang and the Oslo Philharmonic impressed with a fiercely fast overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila and an exciting new piece by Norwegian composer Jan Erik Mikalsen.
***11
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Prom 34: Colour and Cubism at the Proms

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet) and Sakari Oramo (conductor) © Chris Christodoulou
The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo glistened and shimmered in Dutilleux and presented a 'no holds barred' Beethoven's Fifth while Håkan Hardenberger provided zing and reflection in HK Gruber.
****1
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PCM4: Sarcasm, fun and trumpets

Håkan Hardenberger © Marco Borggreve
HK Gruber's wit shines through this concert centred on Brecht and Weill's bitingly sarcastic songs from The Threepenny Opera; Håkan Hardenberger thrills with magical playing of trumpet and flugelhorn.
****1
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Prom 23: Storgårds inspires with Nielsen's Fifth

Christa Schönfeldinger (glass harmonica) © Chris Christodoulou
The beginning of Prom 23 was utterly surreal. I found myself confronted by sounds I had never heard before in a concert hall.
***11
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Sidorova seduces and astounds as Carmen

Roberto Koch and Ksenija Sidorova © Kaspars Balamovskis
For those more familiar with grim-faced matronly Salvation Army accordion players, voluptuous virtuoso Ksenija Sidorova certainly breaks the mould.
****1
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