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BernDie Formel oder die Erfindung des 20. Jahrhunderts

Rasch: Die Formel oder die Erfindung des 20. Jahrhunderts
Jonathan Stockhammer; Gerd Heinz; Stadttheater Bern; Lilot Hegi; Vokalensemble ardent; Camerata Bern

GatesheadSt Luke Passion

St Luke Passion
MacMillan: St Luke Passion
Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hugh Brunt; Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia; Quay Voices; Unknown

MadridCiclo Satélites: El camino de las palabras

Ciclo Satélites: El camino de las palabras
Torres, Britten
Fernando Cobo; 4 Frequencies

OsloHymn concert with world premieres

Hymn concert with world premieres
Paus, Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Hovland, Kverno, Willcocks
Elisabeth Holte; Uranienborg; Kåre Nordstoga

OsloEt ecce terrae motus

© Eric Richmond
Smith, Brumel
Vivianne Sydnes; Oslo Cathedral Choir; Gothic Voices

New York CityAmerican Virtuosi: Copland and Bernstein

Copland, Bernstein
Unknown

OsloMemorabilia

© CF Wesenberg
Eilertsen: Memorabilia
Mats Eilertsen Trio; Trio Mediaeval
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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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Mind-blowing Stockhausen stuns at the Barbican

Cosmic Pulses © Mark Allan
All credit to the Barbican for showcasing Stimmung and Cosmic Pulses.
*****
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Sellar's half-baked semi-staging mars a fine Vixen

Lucy Crowe (Vixen) and Gerald Finley (Forester) © Monika Rittershaus
Rattle conducts Janáček's glorious score with unerring skill and barely concealed adoration, but is let down by his regular collaborator's muddy vision. 
***11
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A touch of magic realism to Hänsel und Gretel

Anna-Doris Capitelli (Hänsel) and Francesca Manzo (Gretel) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Bechtolf's seductively imaginative staging consists in a flat pack fairytale world full of surprises that delight like the contents of a pop up book.
*****
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