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ZürichFeather and Bow I - James Joyce

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Thomas Douglas; Yves Ehrsam; Philipp Wollheim; Nicola Mosca
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Prom 34: Colour and Cubism at the Proms

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.
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PCM4: Sarcasm, fun and trumpets

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.
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Love, loss and horrible siblings in night 3 of collected stories

Iarla Ó Lionáird presented the theme – the Celtic traditional song The Two Sisters – and Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly provided variations via two separate compositions based on the folk song.
***11
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A tribute to American song: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Gabriel Kahane

Sitting in the majestic Carnegie Hall, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra almost looked dwarfed by the sheer size of the stage. Cristi Andrews Cohen’s voice echoed as she recited the poem by Richard Dehmel. But then soft hums emanated from the strings, incessant but quiet at first, slowing building to a larger, richer sound that enveloped the hall.
***11
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Picking virtuoso glory: Béla Fleck's Banjo Concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra

This past weekend The Cleveland Orchestra, with guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, played works by John Adams, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, but the major work on the program was Béla Fleck’s Banjo Concerto, with the composer as soloist. This review is based on the performance of Saturday, 8 December.
***11
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Nico Muhly with the Britten Sinfonia and Friends

To call last night’s Nico Muhly extravaganza at the Barbican a concert of two halves would not go far enough. It was more like two concerts, with a surprisingly short gap between them. The first was made up of three new classical works played by the Britten Sinfonia, and the second was a set of arty folk numbers and other chamber miniatures by Muhly and others.
***11
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