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Performer: Toby Spence

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LondonBrahms & Szymanowski: Third Symphonies

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Brahms, Szymanowski
London Symphony Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Toby Spence

StrasbourgDeath in Venice (Mort à Venise)

Britten: Death in Venice
Jacques Lacombe; Jean-Philippe Clarac; Opéra National du Rhin; Dominique Pitoiset; Olivier Deloeuil

LondonAt the Ballet

Wallen, Stravinsky
London Chamber Orchestra; Christopher Warren-Green; Errollyn Wallen; Lucy Crowe; Toby Spence; James Platt
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