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St AlbansThe Sixteen: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

The Sixteen: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine "Vespers of the Blessed Virgin" (1610)
The Orchestra of The Sixteen; Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

Newcastle upon TyneThe Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven

The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven
The Sixteen

RiponThe Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven

The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven
Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

WakefieldThe Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven

The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven
Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

BarcelonaCor de Cambra del Palau & Simon Carrington: À la française

Sermisy, de Manchicourt, Bouzignac, Charpentier, Fauré, Poulenc
Simon Halsey; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Xavier Puig; Jordi Armengol; Simon Carrington

ManchesterMake a Joyful Noise

Make a Joyful Noise
Purcell, Poulenc, Handel
Jonathan Lo; Manchester Chamber Choir; Chetham's Chamber Orchestra; Stephen Threlfall; George Herbert

BarcelonaLa Novena de Beethoven: Europa

© May Zircus
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Marta Mathéu; Lidia Vinyes Curtis; David Alegret; Simon Neal
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Jazz, tragedy and a Julia Wolfe premiere

The world premiere of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth © Steven Pisano

The New York Philharmonic premieres Julia Wolfe’s remembrance of the victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and plays an elegy to LBJ and an Aaron Copland jazz concerto.

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The Sixteen's Round-Britten Choral Pilgrimage reaches Durham

The Sixteen © Firedog
The Sixteen's Choral Pilrimage dissolves the boundaries between old and new, sacred and profane with striking performances of music by Cornysh and Britten. 
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Stark and grief-stricken: Dido and Aeneas at the Barbican

Caitlin Hulcup and Rowan Pierce © Mark Allan | Barbican
A semi-staged Dido from the Academy of Ancient Music and the speculative funeral music for a queen.
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“Rising up triumphant!”: Odyssey Opera’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

Shura Baryshnikov (Jeanne) © Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films
Boston's Odyssey Opera performs a rarity: Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, a dramatic oratorio inspired by medieval mystery plays. 
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No ordinary Messiah at the Barbican

Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Superlative musicianship and extravagant detailing from the force-of-nature that is Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music 
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AAM tackle Monteverdi

Robert Howarth © Robert Workman
Sublime orchestral playing and stellar soloists don't quite make up for a lacklustre performance by the Academy's choir in Monteverdi's moving work
***11
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Israel in Egypt in Göttingen

Theresia Taube © Göttingen International Handel Festival
Israel in Egypt in this year's Handel Festival in Göttingen provided a somewhat rare opportunity to hear the whole three parts.
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