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LondonThe Grand Tour I

Rameau, Couperin, Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann
Olivier Fortin; Ensemble Masques

HalleHandel in mind

Clara Ponty; Nathanael Malnourey

HalleBridges to Classics: Symphonic-Rock-Concert mit Feuerwerk

Staatskapelle Halle; Bernd Ruf; Anke Sieloff; Benjamin Köthe

LondonACO Goldberg Variations

Bach, Stravinsky, Adès
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti; Erin Helyard

BarcelonaFountains of Israel by Schein

Schein: Israelis Brünnlein
Philippe Herreweghe; Dorothée Mields; Hana Blažíková; Robert Getchell; Thomas Hobbs

HoustonSchumann Festival II: Intimate Songs & Grand Choruses

Schumann, Various
Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Scott Holshouser; Houston Symphony Chorus; Betsy Cook Weber

Los AngelesPower to the People! Herbie Hancock

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Gustavo Dudamel; Herbie Hancock
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The Source belongs here and now

The Source © Stefan Cohen
It's not really an opera (or even an oratorio), but Ted Hearne's The Source is important and engaging.
****1
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Ensemble Musikfabrik in Berlin

© Kai Bienert
An evening of frivolousness and solemnity.
****1
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Scenic collage about fear

Isabel Karajan with Jascha Nemtsov and the Dresden String Quartet © Matthias Creutziger
During Salzburg's Easter Festival, Isabel Karajan presented her look into Shostakovich and russisch authors who suffered under the Stalin Regime. The result is a fascinating collage about fear.
****1
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Rare, extraordinary: Philip Glass Ensemble at The Rest is Noise

Introduced by Southbank Centre’s artistic director, Jude Kelly, this latest instalment of The Rest is Noise festival felt like one of those events that rarely finds its way into the concert diary. A packed hall witnessed one of those feats of sheer physical, intellectual and emotional energy that you are unlikely to forget.
*****
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The Minimalist Dream House Project at Toronto Summer Music with the Labèque sisters

As I sat in the intriguing darkness of Koerner Hall, Marielle Labèque carefully placed the opening notes of Le fils des étoiles by Erik Satie. They hung in the air like little crystals. This was a simple beginning, yet deceptively so, that would build towards something larger. In turn, these notes would unfold in a continuous stream of build-ups and decays.
****1
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How it's done: John Zorn celebrates his 60th birthday at the Barbican

John Zorn doesn’t look 60. He looks 35, or whatever age it is where you’re still just about young enough to get away with wearing baggy camouflage pants. “And that’s how it’s done!” he yells through his mic at the end of the first half, over huge applause and cheering from this passionate Barbican audience.
*****
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A mixed bag from the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House

From Studio to Stage was the name of this year’s summer performance by young artists on the Jette Parker programme at the Royal Opera House. The programme includes not only singers but also conductors/répétiteurs, a pianist, a lighting designer and stage director Pedro Ribeiro, who surely wins the prize for best headshot.
***11
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