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Instrument: Vocal Ensemble

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GrazKrieg und Frieden

© Davis Ignaszewski
Isaak, Scheidt, Schein, Rosenmüller, Lully, Charpentier, Biber, Cabanilles, Fesch, Handel
Le Concert des Nations; La capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall

SalzburgOfficium 1 – La Capella Reial · Hespèrion XXI · SavallOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Victoria
Jordi Savall; La capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI

SalzburgOfficium 2 – La Capella Reial · Hespèrion XXI · SavallOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Victoria
Jordi Savall; La capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI

HerefordBinchois Consort

Binchois Consort

LeominsterGothic Voices

© Eric Richmond
of Bingen, Metcalf, Power, Smith
Gothic Voices

TrierLeonard Bernstein - Mass, Zweifel und der Wunsch nach Frieden

Bernstein: Mass
Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz; Bassem Akiki; Dima Orsho; Framest

LenoxStefan Asbury conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra's performance of Bernstein's A Quiet Place

Bernstein: A Quiet Place
Stefan Asbury; Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows
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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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