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BarcelonaFrom the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach

Bach: Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach): extracts
Carolyn Sampson; Juan de la Rubia

DresdenNew York Gypsy All-Stars

New York Gypsy All-Stars; Unknown
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Tognetti releases the inner impulses of Bach

Richard Tognetti’s absorbing programme mixed Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Stravinsky and Adès, played impressively and with characteristic exuberance and finesse by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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The pleasures and perils of electronic music

NYVOS Next offers works by Alvin Lucier, Kaija Saariaho and evening curator Kate Soper in a program demonstrating both the breadth of and inherent risks in live performance with electronics.
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The Source belongs here and now

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

An evening of frivolousness and solemnity.
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Scenic collage about fear

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.
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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.
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