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Russian delights with Lugansky and Kochanovsky in Brussels

Stanislav Kochanovsky © Evgeny Evtyukhov
Stanislav Kochanovsky, Nikolai Lugansky and the Belgian National Orchestra impress with an all-Russian triple bill.
****1
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Mischa Maisky shines in Tchaikovsky in Brussels

Mischa Maisky © Hideki Shiozawa
Think of an exhilarating journey animated by an expert guide who lives and enjoys every moment, yet makes you believe he is discovering it with you and isn’t afraid to tease you with some daredevil steps off the beaten track.
***11
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Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten in Brussels

Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten with the National Orchestra of Belgium.
***11
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Wrong rep sinks opera evening at the Concertgebouw

Aleksandar Marković © Vladimir Miloradovic
Mismatching between programme and performers resulted in a disappointing evening of operatic all-time favourites.
**111
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World première shines at BOZAR

The world première of Giya Kancheli’s Nu.Mu.Zu is the blow-your-socks-off highlight of an evening that includes colourful playing of Falla and Strauss.
****1
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Nikolai Lugansky breathes new life into Rachmaninov 2 at BOZAR

It can be a strange experience to listen to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 2 without the visuals of Celia Johnson’s doe-eyed sadness and Trevor Howard’s tortured half-smile to go with it, so synonymous is the work with Brief Encounter, Noël Coward’s celebrated paean to 1940s English morality and thwarted love.
*****
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