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AmsterdamAnne Sofie von Otter sings Saariaho

© Ewa-Marie Rundqvist
Saariaho: La Passion de Simone, oratorio
Christian Karlsen; Anne Sofie von Otter; Nederlands Kamerkoor; New European Ensemble

AmsterdamSunday morning concert: Ronald Brautigan - Beethoven 250

© Marco Borggreve
Beethoven
Michael Alexander Willens; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie

HalleTimur und Bayezid

Mehmet Yeşilçay; Pera Istanbul Ensemble; Filippo Mineccia; Meret Süngü; Laila Salome Fischer

HalleGala concert with Iestyn Davies

David Bates; La Nuova Musica; Iestyn Davies

HalleBaroque Lounge I: Morphine

Musica Sequenza; Burak Ozdemir; Margret Bahr

DubrovnikBaroque and Beyond

Bach, Vivaldi
Tomislav Fačini; DSO Chamber Ensemble; Matija Novaković; Renata Santini Glavinović; Mara Đurović

HalleBirds

The Gentleman's Band; Dorothee Mields; Stefan Temmingh
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Inside out: Eight Songs for a Mad King in Auckland

Robert Tucker © Jeff McEwan
The vocal part requires a range covering over five octaves, from the lowest bass notes to a high falsetto and Robert Tucker coped amazingly with the score’s lyrical elements and the various shrieking, whispering and clucking noises he was called upon to create.
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Spiritually uplifting Bach from the Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
Three beautiful cantatas from Bach and his Mass in F major made for a rewarding concert with the Bach Collegium Japan. Suzuki directs a thoughtful and heartfelt rendition and is joined by a quartet of excellent soloists. 
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Juilliard 415 excels in French and Italian Baroque in Auckland

Juilliard 415 © Juilliard 415
In each brief and catchy excerpt, the ensemble played with infectious vitality and admirable precision.
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A female voice florilegium: Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans in Paris

Marie-Nicole Lemieux © Geneviève LeSieur

A great performance of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio, with Marie-Nicole Lemieux as the protagonist, under the baton of Jean-Chirstophe Spinosi.

****1
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Wu Wei’s tour de force on the Chinese sheng in Singapore

Wu Wei, Joshua Tan and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra © Singapore Symphony Orchestra
A rare foray into crossover by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra into repertoire involving a traditional Chinese instrument. 
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Scottish Ensemble’s adventures in music for a winter’s night

Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk (2015) © Fraser Band

A deeply soulful musical adventure for a winter’s night from the Scottish Ensemble to celebrate their 50th anniversary

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Czernowin's Heart Chamber stirs passions at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Noa Frenkel, Dietrich Henschel, Patrizia Ciofi and Terry Wey © Michael Trippel
Heart Chamber explores how small outer events often correspond to tectonic inner changes.
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Performers
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber EnsembleAccademia La ChimeraAccademia del PiacereAlarm Will SoundAlban Berg Ensemble WienArmonico TributoAsko|SchönbergAvanti!Bach Collegium JapanBalthasar-Neumann-EnsembleBarokksolisteneBerliner Residenz OrchesterBliss EnsembleBoulez EnsembleBrecon BaroqueCafé ZimmermannCamerata RCOChiaroscuro QuartetConcert Spirituel, LeContrasto ArmonicoDSO Chamber EnsembleDie Kölner AkademieDouble SensEnsemble AmarillisEnsemble ArcangeloEnsemble ArtaserseEnsemble CorrespondancesEnsemble DagdaEnsemble InégalEnsemble KlangEnsemble KontrapunkteEnsemble MatheusEnsemble ModernEnsemble MultilatéraleEnsemble Opera NovaEnsemble ResonanzEnsemble SarbandEnsemble WienFestival Strings LucerneFretworkGewandhaus-BläserquintettGreenwich Chamber OrchestraHERMESensembleHespèrion XXIInstruments of Time and TruthJacques Thibaud TrioKammarensembleNKlangforum WienKokoro ensembleKuhmo Chamber SoloistsL'ArpeggiataLa Chapelle HarmoniqueLa Nuova MusicaLa Voce StrumentaleLautten CompagneyLe BalconLes PaladinsLes SacqueboutiersLindenquintett BerlinLondon Chamber EnsembleLondon ConcertanteLondon Mozart PlayersMembers of the Berlin PhilharmonicMembers of the London Symphony OrchestraMembers of the Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraMembers of the Royal Philharmonic OrchestraMembers of the San Francisco SymphonyMembers of the Staatskapelle BerlinMembers of the Staatsorchester StuttgartMembers of the Vienna PhilharmonicMembers of the Zurich Orchestra AcademyMerz TrioMusica SequenzaMusicians from Les Arts FlorissantsMusicians from The Royal Swedish OrchestraMusicians from the Koninklijk ConcertgebouworkestMusicians from the New York PhilharmonicMusiciens de l'Orchestre National de FranceMusiciens de l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceMusiciens de l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de LyonMünchener KammerorchesterNash EnsembleNew European EnsembleNorrbotten NEOOmega EnsembleOxford Bach SoloistsPera Istanbul EnsemblePhilharmonixPlayers from the Philharmonia OrchestraPrincipal Players of the Hanover BandRoyal Academy of Music Manson EnsembleSalieca Piano TrioScottish EnsembleSestina MusicSoloists from the Ensemble IntercontemporainStorioni TrioStudents from the Conservatoire de ParisStudio of New Music MoscowThe 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraThe Gentleman's BandThe MozartistsTrondheim SoloistsVołosiWiener Ring-EnsembleZRIascolta Ensemblefolksmilch