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Performer: Julian Prégardien

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BarcelonaBach St Matthew Passion: Centenary of the first performance by Orfeó Català

© Ricardo Rios Visual Art
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae; Simon Halsey; Julian Prégardien; Josep-Ramon Olivé; Marta Mathéu; Carlo Vistoli

BarcelonaEnsemble Pygmailion and Pichon: Bach St Matthew Passion

© Manuel Braun
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Raphaël Pichon; Julian Prégardien; Stéphane Degout; Ensemble Pygmalion

LeipzigBach's Christmas Oratorio

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Gotthold Schwarz; Thomanerchor (Leipzig); Mojca Erdmann; Elvira Bill; Julian Prégardien
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ParisBach's Mass in B minor

Leonardo García Alarcón © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Leonardo García Alarcón; Mariana Flores; Marianne Beate Kielland; Paulin Bündgen; Julian Prégardien
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Barmy, balladic and balmy: three pieces at the Elbphilharmonie

Kent Nagano © Sergio Veranes Studio

Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic contrast barmy Hindemith with balmy Schubert, while Julian Prégardien explores Mahler’s balladic Wayfaring Songs.

 

***11
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Cleveland Orchestra Chorus shines in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst returned to his home orchestra in a program of works by Křenek and Mendelssohn, as starkly contrasting as they are infrequently heard.
****1
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Yuval Sharon’s pop Zauberflöte at the Staatsoper Berlin

Florian Teichtmeister (Papageno) © Monika Rittershaus (February 2019)

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden presents Avery Sharon’s shocking production of Mozart’s masterpiece, full of references to pop culture, side by side with the traditional one by Everding in the same season. A solid cast does justice to his fun, entertaining, bold production.

****1
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On the rocks: An ice-cold Salome in Salzburg

Asmik Grigorian (Salome) © Ruth Walz
An astonishing performance by Asmik Grigorian is central to the Italian director's disturbing reading of a disturbing opera. 
****1
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Bach's Mass in B minor at the Konzerthaus

Andrea Marcon leads the Runfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor in Bach's Mass in B minor.
**111
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René Jacobs’ theatrical Entführung

Belgian conductor and baroque specialist René Jacobs demonstrates his iconoclastic approach to Mozart with an excitingly theatrical Abduction from the Seraglio at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
****1
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