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Period: 20th century

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OsloEaster: Mozart, Thoresen

Thoresen, Mozart
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Peter Szilvay; Ann-Helen Moen; Ingeborg Gillebo; Magnus Staveland; Det Norske Solistkor

LondonHowells Requiem

© Alessandro Tamagno
Howells, MacMillan, Harris, McDowall, Byrd
Jessica Norton; London Concord Singers

New York CityAmerican Composers Orchestra

Adams, Adamo, Young
American Composers Orchestra; George Manahan; Jeffrey Zeigler

MontrealAugustin Hadelich and Britten's Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn, Britten, Brahms
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; David Zinman; Augustin Hadelich

LondonLSO: Always Playing

LSO: Always Playing
Szymanowski, Brahms
London Symphony Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Janine Jansen

New York CityJoshua Bell performs Beethoven

Beethoven, Shostakovich
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Joshua Bell

BirminghamStravinsky’s Pulcinella

© Kaupo Kikkas
Fauré, Anderson, Stravinsky
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Kazuki Yamada; Marta Fontanals-Simmons; Antoin Herrera-Lopez Kessel; Alban Gerhardt

LeipzigDer Sturz des AntichristNew production

Der Sturz des Antichrist
Ullmann: The Fall of the Antichrist
Matthias Foremny; Balázs Kovalik; Oper Leipzig; Thomas Mohr; Sebastian Pilgrim; Stephan Rügamer; Kay Stiefermann
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Loss and foreboding from Pappano and the LSO

Sir Antonio Pappano © Liam Hennebry
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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Anu Tali brings swan songs to Belfast

Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
In an unusual programme, with Finnish music from Rautavaara and Sibelius, separated by Walton, the Ulster Orchestra and Anu Tali find all the subtleties in the music.  
****1
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Inside out: Eight Songs for a Mad King in Auckland

Robert Tucker © Jeff McEwan
The vocal part requires a range covering over five octaves, from the lowest bass notes to a high falsetto and Robert Tucker coped amazingly with the score’s lyrical elements and the various shrieking, whispering and clucking noises he was called upon to create.
****1
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In Atlanta, a special evening with Pinchas Zukerman and Yoel Levi

Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
Yoel Levi and Pinchas Zukerman perform Bruch's gorgeous Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
*****
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A polished Rite from Thierry Fischer and the RPO

Thierry Fischer © Marco Borggreve
An evening of Russian classics at the Royal Festival Hall, where Esther Yoo joins the RPO to play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. 
***11
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Junior Ballett Zürich shines in three creations

Emma Antrobus and Gary Solan in Wounded © Gregory Batardon
Three different and highly-spirited works, each choreographed for the Junior Ballett Zürich, were recently performed at the city’s opera house.
*****
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The Woman without a Shadow of doubt: Karina Canellakis' fine LSO debut

Karina Canellakis and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Pullinger
Canellakis has the musicianship to ensure Strauss’ over-the-top moments registered high on music’s Richter scale.
****1
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Final Edition for the Richard Alston Dance Company

Elly Braund and Nicholas Shikkis in Voices and Light Footsteps © Chris Nash
The final full stop for a much-loved company
****1
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