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Plagues, passions and lamentation at the Ravenna Festival

Graciela Gibelli, Vittorio Ghielmi and Il Suonar Parlante © Luca Concas
Vittorio Ghielmi and his ll Suonar Parlante ensemble present a resonantly melancholy and reflective programme of music mourning loss as live performance returns to Italy.
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Almira's Songbook: Handel meets the world of Spanish music

Seconda Prat!ca – Chiefs of Music and Queen’s Singers © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
A mix of arias from Handel's first opera with music from Renaissance and Baroque Spain with an accomplished group of performers provides a rich and satisfying experience.
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Handel’s La Resurrezione brought blazingly to life

Handel's La Resurrezione © Kathy Wittman
Handel's La Resurrezione, anchored the Boston Early Music Festival’s Thursday programs in a dramatic reading by many of the same forces performing Campra’s La Carnaval de Venise.
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Telemann insights from Boothby in Bristol

Richard Boothby gave a simple and informative evening’s concert of Telemann’s 12 fantasias at St Georges, Bristol.
***11
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Phantasm viol consort: Perilous polyphony

Fantasias for viol trio performed by members of Phantasm illustrate the inventiveness of England's best composers from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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Bach stays wrapped up: The Art of Fugue with Fretwork

Bach’s final work The Art of Fugue, left incomplete at his death in 1750, has long been famous for (among other things) not having specified its instrumentation. It’s written in open score – each line of music, or “voice”, is given a distinct printed line, making it hard to guess what instrument Bach actually had in mind to play it.
***11
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À Royaumont, les tourments de la passion laissent Bach de marbre

L'abbaye de Royaumont © Jérôme Galland
Organisée par le programme claviers de la Fondation Royaumont, une Nuit en deux temps a consacré l'art du clavecin de l'excellent Philippe Grisvard avant que Le Petit Trianon ne déçoive dans L’Offrande musicale.
***11
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