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Performer: Duncan Ward

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RotterdamAn American Dream

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Shaw, Mazzoli, Norman, Rachmaninov
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Duncan Ward

UtrechtAn American Dream

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Shaw, Mazzoli, Norman, Rachmaninov
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Duncan Ward

GenevaLully, Britten, Strauss

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Lully, Britten, Strauss R.
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Duncan Ward; Jeremy Ovenden; Radek Baborák

LausanneLully, Britten, Strauss

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Lully, Britten, Strauss R.
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Duncan Ward; Jeremy Ovenden; Radek Baborák

LondonLSO/Ward: La Mer

© Alan Kerr
Bartók, Janáček, Chausson, Debussy
London Symphony Orchestra; Duncan Ward; Isabelle Faust
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A very palpable hit: Hamlet in Cologne

Dino Lüthy (Laertes) and David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Paul Leclaire
Brett Dean's operatic reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet receives its German premiere in a powerful new staging by the work's librettist Matthew Jocelyn.
****1
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Overwrought and over-thought: Cendrillon

Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
In her anxiety to be ‘new’, Shaw slaps a sackload of semi-comprehensible ideas onto a sort-of present day update.
***11
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An intriguing Dutch National double bill

Sebastià Peris i Marco (Sam) and Turiya Haudenhuyse (Dinah) © Hans van den Bogaard
What is the link between Bernstein’s criticism of American consumerism and MacMillan's biblical tale?
***11
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Bright and witty Poulenc contrasts with menacing Prokofiev in Dublin

Duncan Ward © Alan Kerr
A shimmering account of Debussy's Jeux was followed by a delectable reading of Poulenc's Concerto for two pianos. Conductor Ward delivered a convincing performance of Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony.
***11
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“Or not to be”: Hamlet revived for Glyndebourne’s tour

David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
A restless score, a stylish modern setting and gripping central performances from David Butt Philip (trading Laertes at the festival for the title role here) and Jennifer France (Ophelia) do much to commend this new work
***11
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