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Performer: Rowan Pierce

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ManchesterThe Hallé - Handel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
The Hallé; Matthew Hamilton; Hallé Choir; Rowan Pierce; Katie Bray; Ben Johnson

AmsterdamNetherlands Radio Choir: Vaughan Williams and Handel

Het Concertgebouw
Vaughan Williams, Handel
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Marcus Creed; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); Rowan Pierce; Guy Cutting

GlyndebourneAlcinaNew production

Handel: Alcina
Jonathan Cohen; Francesco Micheli; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Edoardo Sanchi; Alessio Rosati; Bruno Poet; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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LondonSt John Passion

Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Mark Padmore; Grant Gee; Gerald Finley; Neal Davies

LondonA London Dream

Mendelssohn: A London Dream
Annabel Wotherspoon; Ryan Wigglesworth; Richard Wilson; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Genesis Sixteen
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Strictly Alcina: Handel as Fellini fantasy cabaret at Glyndebourne

Director Francesco Micheli undersells Handel in this Glyndebourne debut, but there's plenty of froth to keep the audience entertained. 
***11
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The Gospel according to St Mark: Padmore and the OAE in Battersea

This Evangelist had just come straight from Golgotha, where he had witnessed events so momentous he was compelled to recount them at once.
****1
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The Academy of Ancient Music reconnects us to a more genuine Messiah

Richard Egarr was able to put together a performance that – full of energy and dynamism – succeeded in bringing forward with great transparency, restraint and delicacy this score’s wonderful musical tapestry. 
****1
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In the round: Roderick Williams sings and directs the OAE

Handel’s Italian cantata Apollo and Daphne is enjoying a Covid wave, perfect as it is for socially-distanced singing.
****1
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Comedy with knobs on: English National Opera's new Figaro

A witty, insightful production at the Coliseum fizzes with comedy and pathos. 
****1
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Academy of Ancient Music on brilliant form at Disney Hall

The Academy of Ancient Music played with such stylistic elegance, charm and sheer physical beauty that it was like hearing I Musici and Virtuosi di Roma for the first time in this repertoire in the 1950s.
*****
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