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Instrument: Vocal Ensemble

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NottinghamEx Cathedra: In 40 Parts

Tallis, Striggio, Jackson, Roth
Jeffrey Skidmore; Ex Cathedra

HighlandThe Golden Age

The Golden Age
Victoria, Peebles, Johnson, MacMillan, Lauridsen
Ben Parry; Dunedin Consort

LondonThe Swingling Sixties

The Swingling Sixties
Stravinsky, Berio
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; The Swingles; London Philharmonic Choir

ZürichThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Zurich Junior Ballet; Paul Connelly; Rufus Didwiszus; Buki Shiff; Michael Küster

LondonA Very English Christmas with Tenebrae

© Chris O'Donovan
Howells, Tavener, Holst, Warlock, Bennett
Nigel Short; Tenebrae

LondonChristmas Music by Candlelight

Jeffrey Skidmore; Ex Cathedra; Alexander Mason

LondonThe Gesualdo Six - There is no rose

Traditional, Praetorius, Harvey, Traditional German, Park, Tallis, Frances-Hoad, Byrd, Taverner, Pärt, Handl, Gabrieli, Rathbone
Owain Park; The Gesualdo Six
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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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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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