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CologneMozart & Widmann

Widmann, Mozart
WDR Symphony Orchestra; Christa Schönfeldinger; Jörg Widmann

CologneWDR Happy Hour

Strauss R.: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
WDR Symphony Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru

CologneMăcelaru conducts Strauss & Rachmaninov

Nemtsov, Rachmaninov, Strauss R.
WDR Symphony Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru
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Not all mineshafts fully accessible in Cologne

Brio is one important element in the mining of Romantic feeling. Not everything worked in this combination of Mendelssohn, Bruch and Schumann.
***11
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Mathis Kaspar Stier takes the bassoon spotlight in Jolivet's concerto

A strong connection between Manfred Honeck and the WDR musicians was clearly palpable during the entire performance.
****1
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Jukka-Pekka Saraste lacks romanticism with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln at Salle Pleyel

Romanticism found both its source and its end at Salle Pleyel on Tuesday night: Beethoven’s Egmont overture, incidental music for a heroic drama written by Goethe, and his Fifth Symphony, where it has been said that “Fate knocks at the door” – both works composed before 1810 – and Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, created in 1948, when the last notes of Romanticism in music history were dying slow
**111
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WDR Symphonieorchester Köln takes a gamble on young talent, but Kazuki Yamada delivers

The WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln put its fate in the hands of the younger generation for this evening’s concert. Conductor Kazuki Yamada is only 34. The original violin soloist was to have been Lisa Batiashvili, but she pulled out and was replaced by the 22-year-old Serge Zimmermann.
***11
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Volles zeitgenössisches Risiko vom WDR Sinfonieorchester

Das von Baldur Brönnimann dirigierte Programm mit Werken von Unsuk Chin, Josep Planells Schiaffino und James Diaz kann nicht immer überzeugen.
***11
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Heimat.Musik.Leben: Măcelarus tönender Curriculum Vitae in Köln

Ein Auftritt mit Enthusiasmus und Knalleffekt als Grundlage für einen bestätigenden Erfolgsdreiklang aus Vorstellung, Vertrag und Visitenkarte.
****1
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