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Performer: Gürzenich Orchestra

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CologneGürzenich Orchestra

Dukas, Gabrieli, Mozart, Varèse, Martinů, Mahler
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth

CologneLahav Shani conducts Weill

Avni, Mendelssohn, Weill
Gürzenich Orchestra; Lahav Shani; Arabella Steinbacher

CologneStravinsky Marathon

Stravinsky
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Vilde Frang; Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; Nathan Braude; Fabien Gabel
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Punch and passion from Gürzenich Orchester Köln

An exciting, though brief, world premiere and Schubert’s turbulent Fourth Symphony were given impressive readings by the Gürzenich Orchestra under Michael Sanderling, with Raphaela Gromes sensitive and passionate in Schumann.
****1
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Raising a glass to greatness: Gürzenich's splendid Stravinsky marathon

The players gathered at the bar for a Scotch as the credits rolled. After three hours and twenty minutes of note-taking, I decided to follow suit.
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Musical contrasts from Fabien Gabel and the Gürzenich Orchester Köln

In Cologne, Stravinsky's neoclassicism comes up against the echt-romanticism of Schreker and Korngold, ending in a draw.
****1
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Beethoven and beyond: the Gürzenich reinvents the concert programme

François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich Orchestra tear up the traditional concert programme to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. 
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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.
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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