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Performer: Helena Rasker

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AmsterdamAlbrecht conducts Bach's St Matthew Passion

© Ronald Knapp
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Marc Albrecht; Flemish Radio Choir; Bart Van Reyn; Netherlands National Children's Choir; Wilma ten Wolde

AmsterdamStravinsky, Berg and Mascagni

© Takafumi Ueno
Stravinsky, Berg, Mascagni
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Andrea Battistoni; Ilya Gringolts; Helena Rasker; Sergey Romanovsky; Amartuvshin Enkhbat
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Albrecht’s Mahler 8 is a fierce struggle for redemption

Marc Albrecht © Marco Borggreve
Leading five choirs, fine soloists and a glowing Netherlands Philharmonic, conductor Marc Albrecht emphasised the human struggle in a highly dramatic performance of Mahler’s mammoth eighth symphony.
*****
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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Dutch Masters opens DNB's season

Four Last Songs © Hans Gerritsen
Dutch summer Romance? Yes, that's a thing. With some virtuoso dancing thrown in for good measure.
****1
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A meditation on Life and Death in Berlin

Klaus Maria Brandauer (Olai) © Marcus Lieberenz
Deutsche Oper Berlin performed an intensely focussed opera on the birth and death of one man based on Jon Fosse's novel – a memorable and moving contemplation on life.
***11
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