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Performer: Hartmut Haenchen

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ValenciaOrquesta de Valencia

Orquesta de Valencia
Dvořák, Schumann
Orquesta de Valencia; Hartmut Haenchen; Leticia Moreno
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StockholmBeethoven's Symphony no. 5 in C minor

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Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op.67
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Hartmut Haenchen
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Highway to Hell: Don Giovanni returns to Covent Garden

Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni) © ROH | Mark Douet
Kasper Holten's psychological take on the louche lothario remains controversial, but in its third revival, Erwin Schrott's powerful assumption of the title role is a delight.
***11
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Bayreuth welcomes a new Parsifal

Uwe Eric Laufenberg sets his new staging of Wagner's final opera among the persecuted Christians of the contemporary Middle East – but avoids preaching.
****1
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Downhill from Venusberg: a bland Tannhäuser

Tim Albery's 2010 production of Tannhäuser, receiving its first revival at Covent Garden, begins with a stylish opening 20 minutes, but thereafter things become rather bland. 
***11
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A shadow of Fidelio in Madrid

Adrianne Pieczonka and Anett Fritsch shone in an otherwise disappointing opening night, impaired by poor conducting and unimpressive staging.
**111
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Nederlandse Opera: Götterdämmerung

As the year of Wagner’s bicentennial approaches its end, De Nederlandse Opera concludes its latest revival of Pierre Audi’s Ring cycle with his 1998 production of Götterdämmerung.
****1
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The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic play Haydn, Britten and Schubert in Dresden

I often think you can tell the quality of an orchestra by looking at the back desks of its string sections, and the players on the fringes of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic play with as much vigour as those at the front; their joy in the music is both visible and audible. The result is a strong and complex string sound, well blended, but with a coolness you don’t get from most German orchestras.
***11
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