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Performer: Ashley Riches

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New York CityOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

© Steve J. Sherman/Dax Bedell/Debbie Scanlon
Berlioz
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Michael Spyres; Ashley Riches; National Youth Choir of Scotland; Christopher Bell

LondonGabrieli Consort & Players - The Fairy Queen

Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Paul McCreesh; Gabrieli Consort & Players; Carolyn Sampson; Anna Dennis; Mhairi Lawson

GlasgowHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Miah Persson; Iestyn Davies; Thomas Walker; Ashley Riches

SalfordDvořák, Mahler & Martinů

Dvořák, Mahler, Martinů
BBC Philharmonic; Jiří Rožeň; Ashley Riches

LondonBBC SO Total Immersion rememberance WWI: The Silver Tassie

Turnage: The Silver Tassie
Ryan Wigglesworth; Ashley Riches; Sally Matthews; Claire Booth; Marcus Farnsworth
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Purity and passion in first class British music

Martyn Brabbins © BBC | Mark Allan
Even if Hubert Parry was overshadowed by Holst and Vaughan Williams, this was a splendid concert of British music. 
*****
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Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
A resounding success at its 1709 première, Handel’s Agrippina gripped the ear and dazzled the eye at the Grange Festival in a hugely entertaining and powerful performance.
*****
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Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Maarten Engeltjes © Harrison Parrott
Despite the longueurs of the piece, this performance of Solomon was pretty much perfect. 
****1
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Lust and labyrinths: The Marriage of Figaro at ENO

Lucy Crowe (Countess Almaviva) © Alastair Muir
Fiona Shaw's production doesn't always get everything right, but Lucy Crowe's debut as the Countess is the defining success of the this revival.
****1
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Bernstein 100: Big city alienation and love

Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
Cast and choir snaked and kicked their legs through the aisles of the hall – picking up audience members along the way – leading to a riotous on-stage dance.
****1
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