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OxfordMagnificat

Magnificat
Telemann, Marcello, Vivaldi, Biscogli, Bach
Marios Papadopoulos; Oxford Choir of Merton College; Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic

SalzburgMozart Matinee · MinasiOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Mozart Matinees

Mozart, Beethoven
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; Alois Glaßner; Andreas Ottensamer; Simona Šaturová; Benjamin Bruns; Henning von Schulman

VerbierThe Creation

The Creation
Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), Hob XXI:2
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra; Gábor Takács-Nagy; Miah Persson; Pavol Breslik; Peter Mattei; Andreas Bauer

LenoxHerbert Blomstedt conducts Mozart, Bernstein and Haydn

Mozart, Bernstein, Haydn
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Herbert Blomstedt; Elizabeth Rowe

BuxtonIdomeneo, rè di Creta

Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Nicholas Kok; Stephen Medcalf; Buxton Festival Chorus; Isabella Bywater; Paul Nilon; Rebecca Bottone; Heather Lowe

MunichResidenz Serenade

Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven
Munich Residenz Solisten

Aix-en-ProvenceDie Zauberflöte

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Raphaël Pichon; Simon McBurney; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Stanislas de Barbeyrac; Mari Eriksmoen

DubrovnikSchumann Quartet

Haydn, Takemitsu, Schubert
Schumann Quartet; Erik Schumann; Ken Schumann; Liisa Randalu
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Gabriela Montero returns to Wigmore Hall

Gabriela Montero © Shelley Mosman
Master improviser Gabriela Montero dazzles with an evening of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann.
****1
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Prom 2: Poise and restraint from Alain Altinoglu and the RPO

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Polished but ultimately tepid performances that kept the emotional temperature under wraps despite some fine individual playing and singing.
***11
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Belcea Quartet competes with urban Zurich

Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
An accomplished performance by the renowned Belcea Quartet marked the first of the summer’s “Serenade” concerts, an open-air series held in the park of the historic Villa Schönberg. 
***11
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An evening of high drama in Amsterdam

Emmanuel Pahud © Josef Fischnaller
Spanning a compositional date range of approximately 50 years, Francois-Xavier Roth and his well-drilled Gurzenich delivered a highly enjoyable evening of music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven.
****1
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Monsters of the mind: Idomeneo at the Buxton Festival

Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stephen Medcalf directs a coherent staging of Mozart’s opera seria in which Idomeneo’s inner demons are to be battled. 
***11
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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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Fine fare to close the OAE season

Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
Sir András Schiff and the OAE serve up three delectable dishes created by the irrespressible and inimitable Papa Haydn.
****1
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The Marriage of Figaro: beautiful and beastly

Aoife Miskelly (Susanna), Anna Harvey (Cherubino) and Sky Ingram (The Countess) © Robert Workman
Nevill Holt Opera and Royal Northern Sinfonia offer a sumptuous production, with gorgeous singing, but one unafraid to make us confront the uncomfortable aspects of the plot.
****1
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