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TokyoBach Collegium Japan 30th Anniversary Concert

© Suntory Hall
Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Masaaki Suzuki; Makoto Sakurada; Hana Blažíková; Damien Guillon; Christian Immler

ParisRaphaël Pichon & St Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Raphaël Pichon; Ensemble Pygmalion; Maîtrise de Radio France; Julian Prégardien; Stéphane Degout

ParisWeber: Der FreischützConcert performance

Weber: Der Freischütz
René Jacobs; Polina Pastirchak; Kateryna Kasper; Maximilian Schmitt; Vladimir Baykov
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AmsterdamSaturday Matinees: Mozart and Morales

Morales, Mozart
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic; Harry Christophers; The Sixteen; Christina Landshamer; Alexandra Gibson; Thomas Cooley

NaardenJ. S. Bach - Magnificat BWV 243

Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV243
Jos van Veldhoven; The Netherlands Bach Society; Julia Doyle; Hana Blažíková; Maarten Engeltjes

ParisBach's Mass in B minor with the Ensemble Pygmalion

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Raphaël Pichon; Ensemble Pygmalion; Joanne Lunn; Lea Desandre; Lucile Richardot
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Spiritually uplifting Bach from the Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
Three beautiful cantatas from Bach and his Mass in F major made for a rewarding concert with the Bach Collegium Japan. Suzuki directs a thoughtful and heartfelt rendition and is joined by a quartet of excellent soloists. 
****1
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Weber's Freischütz minus the magic at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Vladimir Baykov (Kaspar) © Julien Benamou
A disappointing staging of Weber's supernatural opera by Compagnie 14:20 in Paris
**111
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Jacobs’ plausible pleading on behalf of Leonore

René Jacobs, Birgitte Christensen and Joshua Ellicott © Andrada Pavel
Promoting Leonore, the original version of Beethoven's Fidelio, René Jacobs made several choices of his own, only some of them justifiable.
****1
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Demons and monsters: Rameau at the Boston Early Music Festival

Pierre-François Dollé and Caroline Copeland © Kathy Wittman
The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra led by Robert Mealy, with soprano Emőke Baráth and dancers Caroline Copeland and Pierre-François Dollé, showcase Rameau's vitality and originality.
*****
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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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“Ridiculous and detestable?" Not on Suzuki’s guard

Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
C minor and C major are at the centre of Masaaki Suzuki's Haydn and Beethoven programme with the Sydney Symphony. 
****1
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