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Instrument: Ensemble (vocal and orchestral)

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BudapestLa Chapelle Rhénane

© Jean Pierre Rosenkranz
Schütz: Psalmen Davids
La Chapelle Rhénane

BarcelonaJove Capella Reial de Catalunya: Musikalische Exequien, op. 7

Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya: *Musikalische Exequien*, op. 7
Schütz, Por determinar
Lluis Vilamajó; Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya

LondonFree Lunchtime Recital at St. Bride's Church

Bésard, Campion, Dowland, Johnson, Moulinié, Boësset, Lambert
Musicke in the Ayre

BarcelonaLa Tercera de Brahms

© Gregory Batardon
Vila, Brahms, Schumann, Stravinsky
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Gautier Capuçon; Proyecto EntreCordes de la escuela Pepa Colomer del Prat de Llobregat

BrugesChaos and cosmic order in Baroque dance suites

Rebel, Delalande, Marais
Les Muffatti; Bertrand Cuiller

LondonHandel Solomon

Handel: Solomon
Islington Choral Society; London Choral Sinfonia; Michael Waldron

GenevaVerdi

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Teodor Currentzis; Chorus and Orchestra of Perm Opera; musicAeterna Choir; Grand Théâtre de Genève
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Thrilling King Arthur from the Gabrieli Consort in Adelaide

Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort © Andy Staples

With marvellous cohesion, life and wit the Gabrieli Consort and Players, sponsored by State Opera of South Australia, who thrilled Adelaide audiences with their presentation of English Baroque. 

****1
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A fun-packed Falstaff from Opera Bohemia

Andrew McTaggart (Falstaff) © Opera Bohemia
Opera Bohemia provides a fun-filled showcase for Conservatoire graduates in a finely sung Falstaff heading for the Edinburgh Fringe with a small orchestra.
****1
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Late night candlelit concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe

St Patrick's © St Andrew Camerata
Edinburgh Fringe’s late-night candlelit atmosphere: a packed St Patrick’s for a lovely Fauré Requiem from St Andrew Camerata and beautiful and haunting The Last Exit for soprano and clarinet at Old St Paul’s.
****1
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Ebullience and piquant timbres: Ensemble Zefiro

Ensemble Zefiro © Ensemble Zefiro
An evening made up of five Mozart divertimentos had its longueurs, but the Italian period instrument ensemble delighted the audience. 
***11
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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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Pastel-perfect hell: To See The Invisible

Nicholas Morris (The Invisible) © Stephen Cummiskey
Emily Howard's new opera, an Aldeburgh Festival commission, takes an ambitiously modernist approach to a dystopian story of loneliness: a tough, but thought-provoking work. 
****1
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Russia meets France: Lully’s Phaéton in Versailles

Victoire Bunel (Théone) © Andrey Chuntomov
A successful musical production of Lully’s masterpiece with Perm Opera’s MusicAeterna chorus and orchestra, Le Poème Harmonique, and a tremendous French-Russian cast.
****1
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