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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; John Williams; Howard McGill
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Raising spirits with the saxophone: Jess Gillam and the RPO

The classical music industry badly needs its new solo stars and less familiar repertory. Jess Gillam and her sparkling saxophone together with the RPO and Vasily Petrenko show the way.
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Pierrot Lunaire: sex and madness at the Adelaide Festival

This electic performance of Pierrot Lunaire was preceded by a clutch of contemporary Australian works (and a poem), which served to demonstrate that Schoenberg's modernity is still way ahead of the times.
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A tale of two halves as Jess Gillam makes her Hallé debut

Intense lyricism bridges the gap between John Adams and Rachmaninov, but debutant Kazuki Yamada struggles to link the two. 

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Adventurous outings in Prague at Contempuls festival

The Contempuls festival celebrated its tenth birthday with a bold mix of international flavors, Czech premieres and energizing experimental sounds.
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Catherine wheels of fire and energy from Aurora Orchestra and Collon

Nicholas Collon decides that Mendelssohn is really a very revolutionary composer, while Amy Dickson's saxophone and Ronald Brautigam in Mozart provide vibrant contrasts.
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New year celebrations at Sage Gateshead

A joyful evening of Franco-Brazilian dance music with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jess Gillam as part of Sage Gateshead's New Year New Music 2019 festival.
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Sapiens: humanity in music

Two world premieres from Mark Bowden and Colin Matthews breath life into the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall.
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