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Period: 20th century

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MunichAus einem TotenhausNew Production

Aus einem Totenhaus
Janáček: From the House of the Dead
Simone Young; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Evgeniya Sotnikova; Manuel Günther

North BethesdaThe Bernstein Songbook

Bernstein
Kristofer Sanz; Young Artists of America at Strathmore

Chipping CampdenLondon Winds

London Winds
Rossini, Bartók, Arnold, Ravel, Barber, Fauré
Richard Watkins; London Winds; Michael Collins; Philippa Davies; Gareth Hulse

SevilleAdriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Pedro Halffter; Lorenzo Mariani; Nicola Rubertelli; Giusi Giustino; Ainhoa Arteta; Teodor Ilincăi

LeipzigWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Leipziger Ballet

MadridOrquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Goicoechea, Otano, Prieto, Yague, Remacha
Igor Ijurra Fernández; Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

HalleLeonard Bernstein zum 100. Geburtstag

Adams, Bernstein, Gershwin
Staatskapelle Halle; Eckart Preu; Joyce Yang

ZürichFaustWorld première

Michelle Willems (Gretchen) and Jan Casier (Faust) © Gregory Batardon
Lazar: Faust
Edward Clug; Ballett Zürich; Mikhail Agrest; Marko Japelj; Leo Kulaš; William Moore
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Elegant Mozart and a thrilling Mahler 6 from Milstein and RTÉ NSO

Nathalia Milstein © Frederic Labrouche
A well crafted, elegant Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23 in the first half counters the passions and tragedy of Mahler’s Symphony no. 6 in the second. 
***11
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Radulović's Barber the highlight at NFM Wrocław

Nemanja Radulović © Joanna Stoga
Eiji Oue doesn't quite convince in Bernstein and Copland, but Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto proves a winner. 
***11
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BBC Scottish looks to the north for a gripping end to the season

Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondahl
BBCSSO with Thomas Dausgaard, the Lund Male Choir and soloists gave a thrilling performance of Sibelius’ Kullervo with Finnish folk musicians joining the forces.
****1
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A Requiem to soothe troubled souls at NOSPR in Katowice

RIAS Kammerchor, NOSPR and Alexander Liebereich © Bartek Barczyk
Debussy's early cantata is played with verve by NOSPR but exposes its composer's inexperience; Mansurian's memorial to genocide shows off the exceptional musicianship of the RIAS Kammerchor.
***11
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From Beethoven to Shostakovich at the Musikverein

Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
If Beethoven referred to his own compositional approach as “redend” (speaking), then Levit speaks him clearly, beautifully and fluently.
****1
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On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Two different variations of the female conditions: one of 1909 and now utterly out-of-date, the second of 1959 much more ut-to-date.
****1
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A powerful commemoration at Prague Spring

Tomáš Brauner © Zdenek Chrapek
History was never more relevant than in this musical observance of a modern political milestone.
****1
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Mischief and mastery: Ligeti concertos from Aurora Orchestra

Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve | Deutsche Grammophon
Not even the BAFTAs going on next door offered the star quality on display in the QEH.
*****
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