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Prom 35: Martyn Brabbins celebrates 60th birthday in style

Martyn Brabbins © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A fascinating new companion piece to Elgar's Enigma Variations, from 14 contemporary composers, in celebration of Martyn Brabbins' 60th birthday, performed with enthusiasm by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
****1
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Prom 1: Karina Canellakis opens the 2019 BBC Proms season in style

Karina Canellakis © Chris Christodoulou
Canellakis is an elegant conductor who invests so much in the music and inhabits its lilts and thrills with her whole demeanour.
****1
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Fusion at the Cutty Sark

BBC Singers and Kabantu at Cutty Sark © BBC | Mark Allan
Gimmicks galore in this genre-hopping spectacle from the BBC Singers and world music fusion band Kabantu.
***11
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Precision and transparency from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO in Ligeti

Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
This final concert of the BBCSO’s Total Immersion day dedicated to György Ligeti, proved to be something a revelation, both in terms of the variety of the music and the quality of the performances.
*****
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Seasonal gifts from the BBC Singers

Sofi Jeannin © Christophe Abramowitz
The BBC Singers sounded as ecstatically joyful in the first three parts of Bach's seasonal offering in Chelsea. 
****1
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Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ

Étienne Dupuis, Karen Cargill and Edward Gardner © BBC | Mark Allan
Berlioz was well served in a performance that rose to heights of inspiring dignity and devotional beauty.
****1
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