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SingaporeForty-Ssimo: Ode to Home with the SSC

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Brahms, Bernstein, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Bach, Handel
Singapore Symphony Chorus

AmsterdamNoa Wildschut and Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3

© Simon van Boxtel
Fauré, Saint-Saëns
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; James Gaffigan; Noa Wildschut

AmsterdamClose-up: Beethoven 250 Years

Het Concertgebouw
Haydn, Fribbins, Beethoven
Mirte de Kok; Saeko Oguma; Johan van Iersel; Pierre-Emmanuel de Maistre

BerlinMy Fair Lady

© Iko Freese
Loewe: My Fair Lady
Peter Christian Feigel; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Mechthild Seipel; Arturo Gama; Franck Evin

StockholmLied Concert with Joel Annmo and Kristina Hammarström

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Norman, Brahms, Sjogren, Mahler
Kristina Hammarström; Joel Annmo; Magnus Svensson

BerlinPierrot LunaireNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Christoph Breidler; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Valentin Mattka; Katrin Kath; Dagmar Manzel; Ulrich Lenz

AmsterdamRising Stars: saxophonist Jess Gillam

© Robin Clewley
Iturralde, Poulenc, Dowland, Marcello, Monk, Finnis, Piazzolla
Jess Gillam; James Baillieu

AmsterdamPekka Kuusisto

Het Concertgebouw
Tsoupaki, Thorvaldsdottir, Byrd, Stravinsky, Bach
Pekka Kuusisto; Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Lithe spirit from London Mozart Players in Prokofiev and Schumann

Maciej Kulakowski © Kaupo Kikkas
The London Mozart Players produce effervescence in Prokofiev while cellist Maciej Kulakowski shines in a clean and expressive Schumann Cello Concerto.
****1
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“Greatest of them all”: Bychkov and the Czech PO play Dvořák

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Petra Hajská
The principal flute provided several of the delights coming from the wind section, still one of the glories of this orchestra.
****1
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Locked down by loyalties? Janáček’s Diary at Scottish Opera

Ed Lyon in The Diary of One Who Disappeared © Lammermuir Festival | Scottish Opera
A compelling treatment of a richly ambiguous work, one that invited us into the drama.
*****
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Spirit of the dance in al fresco Istanbul Music Festival opener

Emre Engin © Istanbul Music Festival
Rustling trees, wandering cats and a laconic golden retriever grace the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra's festival opening concert.
****1
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Darkness and light: Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic

Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © Stephan Rabold

In their latest contribution to the Berlin Festival, Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic, with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, brought together brooding Berg and sunny Dvořák.

****1
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Jader Bignamini makes a strong impression with the Detroit Symphony

Jader Bignamini conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra © Sarah Smarch
In one of his first assignments as Music Director in Detroit, Bignamini conducts rarely-heard works by two Americans, along with an 18th-century Classical symphony by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
***11
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Pandemic programming: Shostakovich and Sibelius in Gothenburg

Jukka-Pekka Saraste © Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Saraste’s mastery in Sibelius is hardly a surprise, and neither is the calibre of the orchestra Sibelius himself often visited to conduct.
****1
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Singular gems in a traditional setting in Stockholm

Andrew Manze conducts the RSPO © Nadja Sjöström
Manze and the orchestra evoked with accuracy the shifting moods and the underlying tensions that mark the score of Les Illuminations.
***11
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