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Instrument: Vocal Ensemble

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HalleJazziah: Händels Messiah Reloaded

Handel
Camerata Bern; Attilio Cremonesi; Vokalensemble ardent; Domenico Caliri

LondonElgar: A British Icon - Secular & Sacred Music.

Elgar: A British Icon - Secular & Sacred Music.
Elgar
Scherzo orchestra; Scherzo

DijonEl Prometeo

El Prometeo
Draghi: El Prometeo
Leonardo Garcia Alarcón; Gustavo Tambascio; Opéra de Dijon; Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda; Jesús Ruiz; Lucía Martín-Cartón; Ana Quintans

BirminghamSummer Music by Candlelight

Summer Music by Candlelight
Jeffrey Skidmore; Ex Cathedra

BirminghamSummer Music by Candlelight

Summer Music by Candlelight
Jeffrey Skidmore; Ex Cathedra

OrfordAldeburgh Voices

Walton, Britten, Finzi, Bernstein
Ben Parry; Aldeburgh Voices; Eo Nomine

BristolThe King's Singers - Gold

© Marco Borggreve  italic text
Fauré, Dijk, de Lassus, Quilter
The King's Singers
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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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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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