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Performer: Jeffrey Skidmore

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Airborne string players and choral wizardry in aus LICHT Part 3

aus LICHT Day 3 © Ruth & Martin Walz
In the final instalment of aus LICHT, the Helicopter String Quartet lives up to the publicity hype and choirs perform marvellous feats.
****1
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Ex Cathedra for Holy Week at St John’s Smith Square

Ex Cathedra © Paul Arthur
A Lenten programme of 17th-century French and Italian sacred music partially fulfilled its dramatic potential in refined, understated performances. 
***11
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Inspired juxtapositions: Rachmaninov’s Vespers

In performing the Vespers in the acoustically wonderful Milton Court, Jeffrey Skidmore took the imaginative decision to interleaving its movements with solo piano works, played by Steven Osborne. It proved inspirational programming.
****1
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Ex Cathedra's small scale Messiah

Ex Cathedra's Chorus in fine voice for a "small scale" Messiah in Birmingham. 
***11
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Brazilian brilliance in Birmingham with Ex Cathedra

There’s more to Brazil than nuts and football, as our reviewer discovered in an evening devoted to Brazilian Baroque, presented by Ex Cathedra. 
****1
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Prom 11: Stockhausen's Welt-Parlament makes its London debut

Tonight’s Stockhausen Prom was in equal parts sonic experience and performance.In an introduction to a performance of Gesang der Jünglinge in 2001, Stockhausen proposed that “if you close your eyes every now and then, you might even see these angels”. In a concert performance this isn’t an empty suggestion; Gesang der Jünglinge is a truly acoustic experience.
*****
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