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Instrument: Vocal Ensemble

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VarazdinMonteverdi's Madrigals

Monteverdi
La Fonteverde; Orchestra Libera Classica

LondonComachord

Burrell, Davies, Toovey, Lee, Osborne
COMA London Ensemble; CoMA Singers

Glasgow‘Music of the Spheres’ at Glasgow Cathedral

‘Music of the Spheres’ at Glasgow Cathedral
Haydn, Strauss R., Langgaard
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Rowan Pierce; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Voices

VarazdinNonet Donum

Nonet Donum

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 1

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Gürzenich Orchestra; Walter Nussbaum; Sara Mingardo; Schola Heidelberg; Mädchen und Knaben des Kölner Domchores; Eberhard Metternich

BarcelonaJuditha triumphans, de Vivaldi

© David Ignaszewski
Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans, RV 644
Le Concert des Nations; Lluis Vilamajó; Marianne Beate Kielland; Rachel Redmond; Marina de Liso; Lucía Martín-Cartón

OxfordSchubert at Home: The Phoenix Piano Trio

Schubert at Home: The Phoenix Piano Trio
Schubert, Beethoven
Schubert & Co.; The Phoenix Piano Trio; Jonathan Stone; Christian Elliott
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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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Six singers in a chord: Stockhausen’s Stimmung at Kings Place

Theatre of Voices © Lars Bjarnø
A rare performance of Stockhausen’s Stimmung, a key work in the development of contemporary vocal music, proves it still has resonance 50 years on from its première.
****1
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Toy Story: Calixto Bieito stages Die Gezeichneten

Michael Nagy (Count Tamare) and Peter Hoare (Alviano) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
The Spanish director offers a controversial angle but tones it down to focus on dark psychology rather than spectacle in his staging of Schrecker's hothouse opera.
***11
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Ancient and Modern: a beautiful Winter Chorale

Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk © Scottish Ensemble (2015)
The Scottish Ensemble is joined by I Fagiolini in a Winter Chorale linking ancient and modern music for Advent and Christmas. 
****1
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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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