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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

Lahav Shani © Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Avni, Mendelssohn, Weill
Gürzenich Orchestra; Lahav Shani; Arabella Steinbacher

CologneVilde Frang & Fabien Gabel

Pesci, Korngold, Stravinsky, Schreker
Gürzenich Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Vilde Frang
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Beethoven and beyond: the Gürzenich reinvents the concert programme

François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich Orchestra tear up the traditional concert programme to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. 
****1
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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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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
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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An evening of high drama in Amsterdam

Emmanuel Pahud © Josef Fischnaller
Spanning a compositional date range of approximately 50 years, Francois-Xavier Roth and his well-drilled Gurzenich delivered a highly enjoyable evening of music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven.
****1
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

Lucas Singer (Death), Nikolay Borchev (Emperor Overall) © Paul Leclaire
Though straightforward in concept, Oper Köln's production of the one-act opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp brought the opera's profound themes to the surface in an excellently sung performance.
***11
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