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Performer: Marcus Farnsworth

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LondonSunday Matinees: Santtu conducts Carmina Burana

© Camilla Greenwell
Shostakovich, Orff
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Mari Eriksmoen; Brett Sprague; Marcus Farnsworth; Philharmonia Chorus
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A labour of love and determination: L’Enfant et les sortilèges

Sarah Hayashi (Fire) © VOPERA

Virtual Opera made real as Ravel's miniature masterpiece is recorded remotely around the world and melded with Leanne Vandenbussche’s picture-book drawings and the London Philharmonic Orchestra's soundtrack to create magic. 

****1
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True Grimes: a gripping semi-staging of Britten’s opera

Erin Wall (Ellen), Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) and Samuel Winter (John) © Mark Allan | Southbank Centre

A psychologically penetrating semi-staging of Britten’s Peter Grimes from leading soloists, the Bergen Philharmonic and its chief conductor Ed Gardner laid bare the opera’s music and drama.

****1
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Two-by-two in Stratford East: Britten's Noye's Fludde on location

Marcus Farnsworth (Noah) and his sons © Marc Brenner
The co-existence of amateurs and professionals is weighted firmly towards the latter.
****1
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Thrilling King Arthur from the Gabrieli Consort in Adelaide

Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort © Andy Staples

With marvellous cohesion, life and wit the Gabrieli Consort and Players, sponsored by State Opera of South Australia, who thrilled Adelaide audiences with their presentation of English Baroque. 

****1
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Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
Jane Archibald gave possibly the most dazzling account of Cunegonde's music that I’ve heard. 
***11
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Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBCSO

Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBCSO in an all-British programme. 
****1
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