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Instrument: Period Instrumental Ensemble

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LisbonIn War & Peace with Joyce DiDonato

© Brooke Shaden
Handel, Leo, Cavalieri, Purcell, Gesualdo
Maxim Emelyanychev; Il Pomo d'Oro; Joyce DiDonato

ParisOrfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
Diego Fasolis; Robert Carsen; Tobias Hoheisel; Philippe Jaroussky; Patricia Petibon

WiesbadenIn War & Peace with Joyce DiDonato

© Brooke Shaden
Handel, Leo, Cavalieri, Purcell, Gesualdo
Maxim Emelyanychev; Il Pomo d'Oro; Joyce DiDonato

HalleFestkonzert mit Joyce DiDonato

Purcell, Jommelli, Gesualdo, Pärt, Handel
Maxim Emelyanychev; Joyce DiDonato; Il Pomo d'Oro; Manuel Palazzo; Ralf Pleger

HalleSamson

Handel: Samson
John Butt; Sophie Bevan; Sonia Prina; Joshua Ellicott; Matthew Brook

HalleUngeschrieben: Händel und die Improvisation

Handel
Ensemble all'improvviso; Martin Erhardt

DresdenJoyce Di Donato & Il Pomo D'Oro

© Brooke Shaden
Handel, Jommelli, Leo, Monteverdi, Purcell
Maxim Emelyanychev; Il Pomo d'Oro; Joyce DiDonato; Manuel Palazzo; Ralf Pleger
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Turin's Orpheus does not ascend to Heaven

Mauro Borgioni (Orfeo) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
In the Teatro Regio's production everything is according to the script, but the magic of the stage is absent. 
**111
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A joyous Christmas Oratorio from the Dunedin Consort

The Dunedin Consort © David Barbour
Dunedin Consort’s band of virtuosi players, four Early music specialist soloists and just four ripieno singers gave a nimble and exquisitely focussed performance of the Christmas Oratorio simply bursting with enjoyment.
****1
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Cavalli's Erismena charms in Versailles

Andrea Bonsignore (Agrippo), Jakub Józef Orliński (Orimeno) and Francesca Aspromonte (Erismena) © Pascal Victor
A young, vibrant cast brings to life a rarely performed Baroque opera, in the production from the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
***11
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Monteverdi's other Vespers

I Fagiolini and Robert Hollingworth © Keith Saunders
I Fagiolini's very interesting programme of music by Monteverdi and his contemporaries pulls together a wide range of works, but somehow lacks an ensemble feel. 
***11
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Baroque pyrotechnics: Handel's Serse dazzles at Versailles

Franco Fagioli © Julian Laidig
An evening of exquisite Baroque music and flamboyant coloratura at the Royal Theatre in Versailles.
*****
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Eliogabalo’s dark carnival in Amsterdam

Franco Fagioli (Eliogabalo) © Ruth Walz | DNO
Cappella Mediterranea blows life into Eliogabalo’s dark carnival as imagined by Thomas Jolly.
***11
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Static but worth the slog: ETO's Giulio Cesare

Christopher Ainslie (Giulio Cesare) and Soraya Mafi (Cleopatra) © Richard Hubert Smith
Conway's decision to render Handel's epic in its entirety was let down by a static staging and unnecessary repeats that masked the hidden gem-like arias.
***11
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