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Performer: Carlos Mena

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MadridBernstein, Strauss

Bernstein, Strauss
Bernstein, Strauss R.
Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE; Pinchas Steinberg; Coro de RTVE; Carlos Mena; José Chanzá; Ricarda Merbeth

AmsterdamAndrea Marcon conducts Giacomelli’s Merope

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Giacomelli: La Merope: Sposa, non mi conosci
La Cetra Baroque Orchestra; Andrea Marcon; Vokalensemble Basel; Kristina Hammarström; Kangmin Justin Kim; Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

CórdobaStabat Mater dolorosa

Stabat Mater dolorosa
Vaughan Williams, Grieg, Kodály, Pergolesi
Orquesta de Córdoba; Carlos Mena; Jone Martínez
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Starry performance can’t lift Caldara’s Planets to the skies

Andrea Marcon © Marco Borggreve
Accomplished performances from the cast and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra can’t fully compensate the shortcomings of Caldara’s Harmony of the Planets.
***11
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Vivaldi's La fida ninfa dazzles in Amsterdam

Andrea Marcon leads La Cetra Baroque Orchestra and a group of accomplished soloists in an elegant and sensuous performance of Vivaldi's pastoral opera at the Concertgebouw.
****1
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St Matthew Passion in Copenhagen

Admittedly, it has been quite some time since I heard a St Matthew Passion in a concert hall as opposed to a church. The Concert Hall of the Danish Radio in Copenhagen is an impressive building both inside and out; it was well-filled and buzzing with excitement for a passion featuring the radio orchestra, choir as well as young and attractive international soloists.
**111
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Lautten Compagney: Rinaldo

The Lautten Compagney performed Handel's Rinaldo at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw enjoyably, though without sweeping the audience off its feet.
***11
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A One-Per-Part St Matthew Passion in Vienna

Joshua Rifkin’s theory that Bach had no ‘choir’ in the modern sense may have gradually inched its way towards acceptance, but for all the heated discussion his research has generated, one-per-part Passions are rarer than one might suppose.
****1
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