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Instrument: Narrator

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LondonBampton Classical Opera: Gluck's The CrownConcert performance

Bampton Classical Opera
Gluck: La corona (The Crown)
Robert Howarth; Bampton Classical Opera; Harriet Eyley; Samantha Louis-Jean; Lisa Howarth; Lucy Anderson

LondonGaspard's Foxtrot

© James Mayhew
Prokofiev, Dove
Philharmonia Orchestra; Holly Mathieson; Zeb Soanes; James Mayhew

SchweinfurtIngo Metzmacher and the Choir of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

© Anja Frers
Stravinsky, Schumann, Hosokawa
Bamberg Symphony; Ingo Metzmacher; Salome Kammer; Maximilian Schmitt; Kinder des Bamberger Domchors; Tarmo Vaask

BambergIngo Metzmacher and the Choir of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

© Anja Frers
Stravinsky, Schumann
Bamberg Symphony; Ingo Metzmacher; Salome Kammer; Maximilian Schmitt; Kinder des Bamberger Domchors; Tarmo Vaask

BambergKlaus Maria Brandauer as Narrator

© Nik Hunger
Beethoven, Stravinsky
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Klaus Maria Brandauer

MunichKlaus Maria Brandauer as Narrator

© Andreas Herzau
Beethoven, Stravinsky
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Klaus Maria Brandauer

StuttgartKlaus Maria Brandauer as Narrator

© Nik Hunger
Beethoven, Stravinsky
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Klaus Maria Brandauer
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A vivid Soldier's Tale from the English Chamber Orchestra

Stephanie Gonley © English Chamber Orchestra
 Outstanding narration was the feather in this soldier’s cap
****1
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Quodlibet Ensemble bridges Bach and Black Lives Matter

Reginald Mobley and Quodlibet © Pastor Isaac Scott

The strings stabbed, the camera panned in quick spurts with jump cuts, but the performers were still. It was an anxious and enormously effective approach to Rzewski’s prison meditation. 

*****
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Post-lockdown Sibelius from Daniel Harding and the Swedish RSO

Daniel Harding © Arne Hyckenberg
Although filled with beauty and sweetly played, the fragmentation of the symphony felt too disruptive.
***11
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Twilight draws on LA Phil’s look back at Weimar Germany

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen look back at the dwindling twilight years of the Weimar Republic. 
****1
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A shining Silver Lake from English Touring Opera

Ronald Samm (Olim) © Richard Hubert Smith
Weill's satirical fairytale bites just as hard today as it did in 1933.
****1
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Berlin im Licht: Philharmonia sheds light on the cabaret scene

Dagmar Manzel © Belinda Lawley

Despite engaging vocal performances and vivid orchestral playing, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s exploration of Weimar-era Berlin’s cabaret world added up to less than the sum of its parts.

***11
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Candide channels Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Philadelphia

Erin Morley, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Amanda Lynn Bottoms © The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Kevin Newbury see Candide as a coming-of-age story, placing it in their own high-school years, specifically 1992, making Westphalia a USA knockoff.
****1
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