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Performer: The Philadelphia Orchestra

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PhiladelphiaThe Firebird

Auerbach, Lieberson, Stravinsky
The Philadelphia Orchestra; Stéphane Denève; Kelley O'Connor

PhiladelphiaBeethovenNOW: Gil Shaham

Jolas, Beethoven, Prokofiev
The Philadelphia Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki; Gil Shaham

PhiladelphiaBach’s Mass in B minor

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
The Philadelphia Orchestra; Joe Miller; Westminster Symphonic Choir; Yannick Nézet-Séguin

PhiladelphiaWynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

Shostakovich, Marsalis
The Philadelphia Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru; Leonidas Kavakos

PhiladelphiaThe Glorious Sound of Christmas

The Philadelphia Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey
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Louis Lortie shines in uneven program of Schubert and Mahler

Louis Lortie © Elias Photography
Louis Lortie amazes in the Schubert-Liszt Wanderer Fantasy, while The Philadelphia Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin struggles but ultimately triumphs with Mahler's Fifth.
****1
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Salzburg meets Philadelphia: a disappointing all-Mozart evening

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
When conducting Mozart, Nézet-Séguin rarely displayed the wit and insight he always brings to Bruckner and Mahler.
**111
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Philadelphia Orchestra tackles An Alpine Symphony

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Yannick Nézet-Séguin has resisted specialist identification, but his finesse with Strauss suggests he's Austro-Germanic at heart.
****1
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Leila Josefowicz dazzles in thorny Scheherazade.2

Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Conductor-composer John Adams put his own work in conversation with Ravel and Stravinsky.
***11
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La Belle Hélène: Grimaud wows in Bartók with Philadelphia Orchestra

Valerie Coleman with Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Jessica Griffin
The program also featured a compelling world premiere from composer Valerie Coleman and a stirring performance of Dvořák's “New World” Symphony.
*****
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