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Bradford on AvonBaroque at Iford Manor

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Albinoni, Pachelbel, Handel, Bach
Rodolfo Richter; Daniel Edgar; Alice Evans; Martin Kelly

LondonThe Mark Padmore Masterclasses with Bethany Horak-Hallett

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Bach: O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe - Cantata, BWV34
Mark Padmore; Bethany Horak-Hallett; Huw Daniel; Matthew Truscott

LondonThe Mark Padmore Masterclasses with Dominic Sedgwick

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Bach: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan - Cantata, BWV100
Mark Padmore; Dominic Sedgwick; Huw Daniel; Matthew Truscott
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A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side

Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Sinister aspects are stressed in Mozart's The Magic Flute at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by James Brining and conducted by Robert Howarth.
****1
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Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
A resounding success at its 1709 première, Handel’s Agrippina gripped the ear and dazzled the eye at the Grange Festival in a hugely entertaining and powerful performance.
*****
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AAM tackle Monteverdi

Robert Howarth © Robert Workman
Sublime orchestral playing and stellar soloists don't quite make up for a lacklustre performance by the Academy's choir in Monteverdi's moving work
***11
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Mixed Bach from the AAM in Cambridge

The Academy of Ancient Music © Marco Borggreve
Music written by Bach for the Collegium Musicum, and also for the first Sunday after Easter, was played with skill and flourish by this exceptional orchestra;  sadly, the singing was not consistently good enough to match. 
***11
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Zürich Opera gives virtuosic ensemble performance in Monteverdi's Ulisse

Seeing Zürich Opera’s new production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria made me wonder why this is the least performed of Monteverdi's three surviving operas. 
****1
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L'isola disabitata: Not so deserted after all

When one thinks of Haydn, opera really isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It’s the symphonies, the string quartets, even his oratorios you think of first, not his operas. And yet he wrote 15 of them. L’isola disabitata is the eleventh of the bunch, written for the Eszterházy court in 1779, and it was this opera The Norwegian Opera and Ballet (DNO) chose as their 2012/2013 season opener.
****1
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