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Instrument: Narrator

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Hong KongThe Composer is Dead!

Mancini, Zimmer, Arnold, Stookey
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Christian Reif; Eric Simonson

MadridSinfónico 4: (R)Evolución

Sinfónico 4: (R)Evolución
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Orquesta Nacional de España; David Afkham; Thomas Quasthoff; Juliane Banse; Karen Cargill; Barry Banks

LondonBefore Life and After – Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside

© Benjamin Ealovega
Britten, Finzi, Ireland
Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside; Harriet Walter

MurciaConcierto en Familia 2: El Moldava

Concierto en Familia 2: El Moldava
Dvořák, Smetana
Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia; Virginia Martínez; Ana Hernández

LeipzigDer Karnival der Tiere

© Kirsten Nijhof
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux
Alexei Ratmansky; Bjarte Emil Wedervang Bruland; Leipziger Ballet; Christina Geißler; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

LondonTchaikovsky: Notes & Letters

Tchaikovsky: Notes & Letters
Tchaikovsky
Simon Callow; Joan Rodgers; Roger Vignoles; Eblana String Trio

SabadellUna galaxia de músicas

Una galaxia de músicas
Williams, Goldsmith
Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès; Gustavo Gimeno; Iván Morales
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Morlot brings underrated Stravinsky to dazzling life

Perséphone © Brandon Patoc
In their generous all-Stravinsky programme, Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony uncover the hidden beauties of the neglected Perséphone through an innovative collaboration with visual artist Michael Curry.
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Stravinsky’s Perséphone brought to life by Adès and Barry

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Glistening performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and combined forces under Thomas Adès bring to life Stravinsky’s Perséphone, with fiery premières of works by Adès himself and Gerald Barry.
****1
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Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos is witty and passionate

Laura Zigmantaite (Dryad), Mardi Byers (Ariadne), Elizabeth Cragg (Naiad) and Lucy Hall (Echo) © Richard Campbell
Antony McDonald’s take on Ariadne auf Naxos, a co-production from Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, sparkles with wit. 
****1
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Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at DNO

Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Ingo Metzmacher leads a musically formidable performance of Hans Werner Henze’s shipwreck oratorio. Romeo Castellucci’s staging engages the senses but remains emotionally distant.
****1
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A resurrection of a Hollywood oddity by Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO
Sir Simon Rattle’s resurrection of a Hollywood extravaganza, the Genesis Suite, entertains at the Barbican. 
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Hallé goes “beyond the score”

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
"Muddle instead of music": three foreboding words laden with threat and designed to destroy the reputation of a promising composer writing in the grip of the Iron Fist. 
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Cinematic splendour and patriotic fervour

Charles Dance, Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
This was the first visit of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to the Proms and in their native repetoire of Bernstein and Copland they had substantial success.
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