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Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

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LondonProm 12: Beethoven, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

Beethoven, Shostakovich, Norman, Rachmaninov
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Alisa Weilerstein

LondonProms 19 & 20: Ten Pieces Prom III

Andrew, Bates, Chevalier de Saint-George, Copland, Dvořák, Elgar, Orff, Purcell, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Rafael Payare; Naomi Wilkinson; Unknown; BBC Singers

LondonProm 33: Brahms Requiem

Musgrave, Brahms
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes; Golda Schultz; Johan Reuter; BBC Symphony Chorus

LondonProm 41: Edward Gardner conducts Elgar and Vaughan Williams

Boulanger, Elgar, Vaughan Williams
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Sophie Bevan; Neal Davies; Jean-Guihen Queyras; BBC Symphony Chorus

LondonProm 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables

Elgar, Venables/Bartók, Prokofiev
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Pekka Kuusisto
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Prom 1: Five Telegrams and a Harbinger of War

Five Telegrams from Kensington Gardens © Mark Pullinger
Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Anna Meredith and 59 Productions' work proves a powerful, often surprisingly upbeat, commission.
****1
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Jonas Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs in recital at the Barbican

Jonas Kaufmann © Mark Allan | Barbican
Kaufmann’s magnificent instrument was not seen at its best in songs by Strauss, but there was pleasure from his clear artistry and the interesting orchestral pieces played by the BBCSO.
***11
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A vibrant Mediterranean tableau from the BBCSO

Daniele Rustioni © Davide Cerati
The BBC Symphony Orchestra was on tip-top form, with the buoyant Daniele Rustioni and mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital conjuring up a fresco of genuine Mediterranean delights.
****1
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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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Totally committed Finzi and inspired Shostakovich

Paul Watkins © Nina Large
Two works of personal victory, written at virtually the same point in history and against a backdrop of suffering, made up this very successful concert conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. 
****1
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