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Instrument: Vocal Ensemble

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ZürichJeremiah

© Kaupo Kikkas
Palestrina, Gesualdo, Porat
David Orlowsky; Singer Pur

LondonAn Evening with Mr & Mrs Schumann

Schumann, Schumann C.
Scherzo

LondonThe Gesualdo Six – Passion and Polyphony

© Ash Mills
Tallis, Byrd, Talbot, Tormis, Gesualdo, Ligeti, Marenzio, Palestrina, Rimkus, Park, Poulenc, Traditional
Owain Park; The Gesualdo Six

BudapestVáclav Luks and Collegium 1704

Handel: Israel in Egypt
Václav Luks; Collegium Vocale 1704; Hannah Morrison; Benno Schachtner; Krystian Adam

ManchesterI Fagiolini: Leonardo Shaping the Invisible

© Matt Brodie
Tallis, des Prez, Bach, Monteverdi, Victoria
Robert Hollingworth; I Fagiolini

New York CityTheatre of Voices

© Lars Bjarnoe
Pärt/Ambo, Lang
Theatre of Voices; Else Torp; Signe Asmussen; Paul Bentley-Angell

OsloRoma, città sacra

© Markus Raber
Pasquini, Graziani, Carissimi, Foggia, Corsi da Celano, Rossi
Voces Suaves
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All Reich on the Night with the London Sinfonietta

Steve Reich © Wonge Bergmann
Exemplary performances of classic works by the American minimalist from the London Sinfonietta 
****1
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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A redesign in Zürich

Yen Han and Matthew Knight (Clowns) and William Moore (Nutcracker), Nutcracker and the Mouse King © Gregory Batardon
In Zurich, ballet director Christian Spuck recently launched the second season of the multi-layered ballet he choreographed to the great P.I. Tchaikovsky score.
****1
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A dystopian police state for Reisopera's new Tosca

Phillip Rhodes (Scarpia) and Kari Postma (Tosca) © Marco Borggreve
A fine cast convinces in Dutch Reisopera's new Tosca, staged in a dystopian police state.
***11
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Eros in Oxford: Brahms, Janáček and gypsies

Dorottya Láng © Shirley Suarez
Julius Drake’s torrential postlude capped an evening in which he had been superb throughout.
****1
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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Dausgaard and Seattle Symphony take on an early Sibelius epic

Thomas Dausgaard © Brandon Patoc
Thomas Dausgaard, Seattle Symphony’s Music Director Designate, arrived in town to lead the orchestra and its chorus in an impassioned account of Kullervo, the rarely heard Sibelius epic.
****1
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Macmillan’s St Luke Passion at Sage Gateshead disappoints

Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
Royal Northern Sinfonia’s performance of Sir James Macmillan’s St Luke Passion had moments of high drama, but one crucial element of the piece was mostly missing. 
**111
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