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Instrument: Viola

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MontrealA Passion for Mozart

Martin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Orchestre Métropolitain; Daniele Callegari; Yukari Cousineau; Marina Thibeault

LondonBBC Radio Lunchtime concert:Michael Collins and friends

Mozart, Schumann, Brahms
Michael Collins; Lawrence Power; Michael McHale

PamplonaOrquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
Weinberg, Walton, Brahms
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra; Jacek Kaspszyk; Isabel Villanueva

Hong KongMaxim Rysanov & Hong Kong Sinfonietta

© Laszlo Emmer
Young, Vasks, Bartók
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Yip Wing-sie; Maxim Rysanov

Bern6. Kammermusik: Kliphuis Sextet

Kliphuis, Ellington, Schulhoff, Vivaldi
Kliphuis Sextet; Tim Kliphuis; Annemarie van Prooijen; Frank Brakkee

LondonTime-Line – Thomas Gould

© Aga Tomaszek
van der Aa, Muhly, Gordon, Bowden, Reich
Thomas Gould; Jamie Campbell; Max Baillie; Oliver Coates

DublinAll Soundings Are True

Garth Knox; Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
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Gabel and Houston Symphony captain Corigliano and Ravel

Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
Houston Symphony’s program starring John Corigliano’s Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra and Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé crept through mists.
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A musical celebration of Polish Independence

Jacek Kaspszyk © ICA Artists
Warsaw Philharmonic celebrates the 100th anniversary of Polish independence with performances of great local composers – Lutoslawski, Szymanowski and Szabelski – and Debussy’s La Mer for good measure.
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Gallic pleasures at Wigmore Hall

Stéphanie d'Oustrac © Bertrand Pichene
The second half was all about Ravel and Adrian Brendel.
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Scotch Beasts and other forms of Britishness in Philadelphia's Winter Festival

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
The Philadelphia Orchestra's Winter Festival celebrates the British Isles. 
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Ticciati revisits former glories with his SCO team

Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Is there any instrument more bittersweet than the viola? The violin does the acrobatics, the cello is more conventionally beautiful, but the viola sits in the middle of the orchestral palette like no other instrument. Neither high nor low, it’s perfectly placed to embody the contradictory and the conflicted, ideal for a sense of desire denied or of fulfilment deferred.
****1
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Period clarinet heaven from Lorenzo Coppola

Lorenzo Coppola © Stefano Buonamici
The Italian brought two beautiful period instrument clarinets to Wigmore Hall for the perfect pairing of clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms. 
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Wilhelm and Wolfgang kick off the New Year in Oslo

Herbert Blomstedt © J M Pietsch
Beautiful, yet uninspired playing resulted in an underwhelming start to the New Year from the Oslo Philharmonic.
***11
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