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Instrument: Ensemble (vocal and orchestral)

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LondonRutter Requiem: Into Night Time

Byrd, Tallis, MacMillan, Kodály, Rutter, Park, Whitacre, Lauridsen
London Choral Sinfonia; Michael Waldron; Kim-Lillian Strebel

LondonRed Priest: Handel in the Wind

© Adam Summerhayes
Handel
Red Priest

LondonNYOS Jazz Orchestra - Miles Ahead

NYOS Jazz Orchestra - Miles Ahead
NYOS Jazz Orchestra

ClevelandOberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble

Hellstenius, Ju, Saariaho
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble; Peter Herresthal

LondonHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Nick Newland; Amadè Players

PortlandPsalms of Praise

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
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New York CityApollo's Fire: An Evening at Bach's Coffeehouse

© Jason Hudson
Telemann, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi
Jeannette Sorrell; The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo's Fire
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Proms at... Wilton’s: Conference of the Birds

Marcus Farnsworth performs Eight Songs for a Mad King © BBC | Mark Allan
The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group present an ambitious mixture of experimental chamber music and disquieting monodrama. 
***11
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A Trip to the Moon misses its lift-off

A Trip to the Moon by Andrew Norman © Tim Whitby | Getty Images for the London Symphony Orchestra
Under Sir Simon Rattle’s baton, Andrew Norman’s children’s opera struggles to find either terrene or otherworldly land.
**111
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Immersive Monteverdi: Vespers in 360-degree surround

The Gashouder © Ruth Walz
Until now I have been fairly sceptical about theatrical stagings of oratorios and other sacred works, so I was curious but cautious about the staging of Monteverdi's Vespers at the Holland Festival.
*****
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Handel's Esther at the Halle Festival

La Risonanza and the Capella Cracoviensis Choir © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Overall a good performance of Handel's oratorio Esther at the Halle Festival, but some problems with the soloists unfortunately let it down.
***11
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Hammer blow: Handel's Deborah in Halle

Xavier Sabata and Capella Cracoviensis © Stiftung Händel-Haus
A popular performance of Handel's oratorio Deborah, featuring Baroque opera singer Xavier Sabata and English soprano Rebecca Bottone, garners warm applause at the Halle Handel Festival.
***11
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A truly kingly entertainment in Berkeley

Aaron Sheehan (Apollo) © Frank Wing
Cal Performances and Philharmonia Baroque present a lavish modern-day première of the 1745 version of Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire
****1
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A bracing density of musical incident

Helen Grime © Amy Barton
Oliver Knussen and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group excel in a cunningly linked group of works from the old (mid 1980s) to the brand new.
*****
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