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Performer: Stuart Jackson

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RomeBach's Christmas Oratorio

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Trevor Pinnock; Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Robin Johannsen; Catriona Morison; Stuart Jackson
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Beethoven keeps the flame burning

Esa-Pekka rehearses 1808 Reconstructed with the Philharmonia © Camilla Greenwell
Directed by Gerard McBurney, this concert recreated the marathon Akademie conducted by Beethoven in Vienna which saw the premieres of four major works. 
*****
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Kosky's Semele revived in style at the Komische Oper Berlin

Nicole Chevalier (Semele) © Monika Rittershaus (2018)
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Semele willingly pays the price of death through transformation. 
****1
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Themes, variations and serenades from BBC Scottish

John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Themes and Variations from Brahms and Dvořák, haunting Britten with Stuart Jackson and Alberto Menéndez Escribano, John Wilson standing in to conduct at City Halls, Glasgow. 
***11
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An immaculately executed Bartered Bride at Garsington

Maypole dancing © Clive Barda
Natalya Romaniw is a natural as our maligned heroine: Paul Curran creates staging of bewildering comic complexity and pulls it off with panache.
****1
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Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
ENO's new production of Salome which opens the season features some commendable music-making, but is let down by a flawed concept and dull staging.
**111
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Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's punchy, visually exhilarating take on Saul, with Iestyn Davies as a sublime David, makes for a powerful evening of drama at Glyndebourne.
****1
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