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Performer: Vilde Frang

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CologneStravinsky Marathon

Stravinsky
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Vilde Frang; Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; Nathan Braude; Fabien Gabel
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Raising a glass to greatness: Gürzenich's splendid Stravinsky marathon

The players gathered at the bar for a Scotch as the credits rolled. After three hours and twenty minutes of note-taking, I decided to follow suit.
****1
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Musical contrasts from Fabien Gabel and the Gürzenich Orchester Köln

In Cologne, Stravinsky's neoclassicism comes up against the echt-romanticism of Schreker and Korngold, ending in a draw.
****1
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Loss and foreboding from Pappano and the LSO

In these difficult times a reduced audience witnessed a concert of music that didn’t exactly offer much solace, but which possessed a powerful sense of loss and foreboding that seemed entirely timely. 
*****
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A triple bill makes musical explosives in Zurich

From the podium, Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare’s fine direction and unmitigated athleticism were part and parcel of the excitement.
*****
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Frang and Măcelaru impress equally in an all Russian programme.

 A lively, muscular account of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto by Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang while Măcelaru conducts a convincing Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky. 
****1
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Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten in Brussels

Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten with the National Orchestra of Belgium.
***11
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