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Performer: Duncan Ward

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Ravel, Giménez-Comas, Bartók
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Duncan Ward; Varvara Nepomnyashchaya
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Farrenc's Third Symphony the star at Sage Gateshead

The Royal Northern Sinfonia under Duncan Ward performed works by Robert Schumann, Hector Berlioz and Louise Farrenc. 
****1
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A very palpable hit: Hamlet in Cologne

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

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

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

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

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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