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Musical Klimt: Vienna comes to Pärnu in Tüür's chamber gala

Andres Kaljuste (viola) and Theodor Sink (cello) play Korngold © Kaupo Kikkas
Erich Korngold's luscious String Sextet provides the musical highlight of Erkki-Sven Tüür's Pärnu programme. 
***11
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An auspicious start to the Pavel Haas Quartet's Birmingham residency

The Czech Pavel Haas Quartet bring their distinctive sound and selfless musicianship to Birmingham, in the first of three concerts featuring Matthew Hunt in Brahms's Clarinet Quintet alongside twentieth century quartets.
*****
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Thomas Adès and friends shine at Milton Court

Despite the frequency with which the two composers are compared, Thomas Adès’ music seldom sounds very much like that of Benjamin Britten. But Adès has an uncanny knack of performing Britten’s music in such a way that it resembles his own.
****1
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Three Pieces from 1918 at the Cheltenham Music Festival

Red, white and blue bunting, with matching lighting, adorned the balconies of Cheltenham Town Hall, setting a patriotic scene for a concert of music from the year that World War I ended. Television presenter Julia Somerville opened the evening sat at a vintage newsdesk with her own careful research, for which she can be highly commended.
****1
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Back to 1915: Kraggerud, Isserlis and more at the Cheltenham Music Festival

The concert opened with BBC newsreader Julia Somerville, summarising news from the year 1915 at an old-fashioned broadcasting desk complete with microphone. It was informative, and set the scene for this recital, one in a series of ‘time capsule’ concerts, solely featuring music composed in 1915 – including two of Debussy’s last chamber pieces.
****1
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