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Performer: Dame Sarah Connolly

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MadridDie Walküre

Die Walküre
Wagner: Die Walküre
Pablo Heras-Casado; Robert Carsen; Teatro Real; Patrick Kinmonth; Stuart Skelton; Christopher Ventris

LondonBBC Symphony Orchestra / Gardner

Schoenberg, Fried, Lehár, Brahms
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Dame Sarah Connolly; Stuart Skelton

LondonMahler: The Song of the Earth

© Christopher Pledger
Mozart, Mahler
Philharmonia Orchestra; Xian Zhang; Andreas Schager; Dame Sarah Connolly

RotterdamMahler 2 with Lahav Shani

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani; Chen Reiss; Dame Sarah Connolly; Rotterdam Symphony Chorus

ViennaMahler 8

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Johannes Prinz; Camilla Nylund; Iréne Theorin; Martina Janková; Dame Sarah Connolly
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Jurowski's Mahler 2: “In my End is my Beginning”

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski © Ben Ealovega
Impressive control from Vladimir Jurowski and his LPO forces in Mahler's great work about death and resurrection, but with obvious clinical detachment too.
****1
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A fine Music Makers in a watery themed Prom

Sir Andrew Davis © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Warmly affectionate Vaughan Williams contrasting with angular and psychologically charged Wood, followed by an emotional performance of Elgar's The Music Makers.
****1
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A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Carsen's scaled-down Ring makes a timely comeback with a melancholy message of decay.
***11
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Berlin remembers World War 1 with Beethoven's Missa solemnis

Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
Fine orchestral sound and outstanding solo singing from Sarah Connolly and Steve Davislim aren't enough to compensate for poor balance and timing in Beethoven's great choral work.
**111
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Skelton and Connolly impress in Das Lied von der Erde

Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
Stuart Skelton and Sarah Connolly were the stars of the evening, lifting the performance to a new level in what Leonard Bernstein called Mahler’s “greatest symphony”.
***11
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