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Viennese classics from the BSO

Nicholas McGegan © Steve J Sherman
A dazzling soloist from the orchestra’s ranks and a charming Schubert symphony with conductor Nicholas McGegan
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Enchanted Wood: dream of a Dream

Matthew Rose (Bottom) and Kathleen Kim (Tytania) © Robert Workman
“Out of this wood do not desire to go!” Tytania orders Bottom. Glyndebourne's revival of Peter Hall's classic production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is eerily enchanting, weaving its spell right from the queasy double bass glissandos, which slither into Britten's score.
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Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala

Allison Bell © Felipe Pagani
“If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” There was certainly plenty of Shakespeare-inspired music on the bill for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's celebration of The Bard. 
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Dark deeds under the microscope: Britten's Lucretia

Duncan Rock (Tarquinius) and Christine Rice (Lucretia) © Robbie Jack
The Rape of Lucretia may be something of a problem piece, but Fiona Shaw's production is an excellent piece of ensemble theatre set around some very fine performances of music of rare beauty.
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L'Enfant et les sortilèges opens CSO's French festival

Manuel Nuñez Camelino and Chloé Briot © Alex Garcia
Whimsical program of French symphonic and operatic works opens the CSO's "French Reveries and Passions" festival.
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