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Performer: Mark Wigglesworth

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LondonQuintessentially English

Quintessentially English
Delius, Walton, Vaughan Williams
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Mark Wigglesworth

SwanseaShostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich, Mahler
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Mark Wigglesworth; Martin James Bartlett

CardiffShostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich, Mahler
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Mark Wigglesworth; Martin James Bartlett

OsloBilly Budd

Britten: Billy Budd
Mark Wigglesworth; Annilese Miskimmon; Norwegian National Opera; Annemarie Woods; Peter Hoare; Jacques Imbrailo

ManchesterMahler/Shostakovich

Mahler, Shostakovich
BBC Philharmonic; Mark Wigglesworth; Roderick Williams
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An oppressive, living hell at Covent Garden

Johan Reuter (Šiškov) © ROH | Clive Barda
Johan Reuter is gripping in Krzysztof Warlikowski's powerful vision of the universal, timeless horrors of prison, but visual clutter distracts from Janáček’s music.
***11
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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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Spanish première for Heggie's Dead Man Walking

Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Jake Heggie's story of redemption captivated the Teatro Real audience thanks to a solid cast and an effective production
****1
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Prom 20: Darkness and light

Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC Philharmonic © BBC | Mark Allan
The passionate darkness of Brahms' First Piano Concerto is contrasted with David Sawer's The Greatest Happiness Principle and Haydn's elegant and sophisticated Symphony no. 99.
****1
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Risk of sensory overload: ENO's Lulu

James Morris (Dr. Schön), Brenda Rae (Lulu) © Catherine Ashmore
William Kentridge's Lulu for ENO is easier to admire than it is to love. But if you want to be challenged dramatically, this is the opera to do it.
***11
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