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Performer: National Orchestra of Belgium

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BrugesQueen Elisabeth Competition Laureate Concert

National Orchestra of Belgium; Stefan Blunier; Laureates Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition: Song

AmsterdamOne-handed virtuosity

© Francois Leclercq Erato
Adams, Ravel, Beethoven
National Orchestra of Belgium; Hugh Wolff; Nicholas Angelich

BrusselsAdams, Prokofiev, Janáček

Adams, Prokofiev, Janáček
National Orchestra of Belgium; Hugh Wolff; Jean-Guihen Queyras
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Wrong rep sinks opera evening at the Concertgebouw

Aleksandar Marković © Vladimir Miloradovic
Mismatching between programme and performers resulted in a disappointing evening of operatic all-time favourites.
**111
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World première shines at BOZAR

© Alison Karlin
The world première of Giya Kancheli’s Nu.Mu.Zu is the blow-your-socks-off highlight of an evening that includes colourful playing of Falla and Strauss.
****1
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Nikolai Lugansky breathes new life into Rachmaninov 2 at BOZAR

Nikolai Lugansky  ©  Marco Borggreve / Naïve-Ambroisie
It can be a strange experience to listen to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 2 without the visuals of Celia Johnson’s doe-eyed sadness and Trevor Howard’s tortured half-smile to go with it, so synonymous is the work with Brief Encounter, Noël Coward’s celebrated paean to 1940s English morality and thwarted love.
*****
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Brussels does Vienna: The National Orchestra of Belgium take on Mozart and the mighty Bruckner 4

National Orchestra of Belgium
Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts occupies the site where once stood the Pensionnat Héger, the school where Charlotte and Emily Brontë lived during their sojourn in the Belgian capital – an appropriate setting, as it is not difficult to imagine Bruckner’s mighty Fourth Symphony underscoring one of the sisters’ Gothic tales of unrequited love.
****1
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Ray Chen ou comment ne pas se prendre au sérieux

Ray Chen © Julian Hargreaves
BOZAR, Bruxelles. Ray Chen excelle dans le Concerto de Tchaikovsky. La Première symphonie de Brahms en revanche se décevante.
***11
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