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Instrument: Accordion

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London1918-2018: Centenary Reconciliation Concert

1918-2018: Centenary Reconciliation Concert
Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Walton, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninov, Górecki, Lloyd, Parry
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Cristian Mandeal; Ian Fountain; Srdjan Vukasinovic; Friederike Krum; Telman Guzhevsky

GuildfordWar Requiem

War Requiem
Britten: War Requiem, Op.66
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jonathan Willcocks; Guildford Choral Society; The Bach Choir; Girl Choristers of Guildford Cathedral

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

Graz1. Kammerkonzert: Ksenija Sidorova

Mozart, Akhunov, Dvořák, Angelis, Piazzolla
Ksenija Sidorova; Goldmund Quartett; Florian Schötz; Pinchas Adt

HamburgHamburger Kammermusik

Bach, Villa-Lobos, Vivaldi, Kreisler, Kancheli, Schnittke, Piazzolla
Noé Inui; Alexander Hülshoff; Roman Yusipey
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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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