Period: Contemporary

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SingaporeSNYO & SSCC Pre-Tour Concert: Colours of S.E.A.

Wagner, Ravel, Vaughan Williams, Wang, Tang, Schubert, Rachmaninov, Fook
Singapore National Youth Orchestra; Leonard Tan; Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir; Wong Lai Foon

BrnoMap and Pictures at an exhibition

Dun, Mussorgsky
Brno Philharmonic; Alan Buribayev; Matthew Barley

LondonBartók, Stravinsky, Adams

Bartók, Stravinsky, Adams
London Symphony Orchestra; John Adams; Leila Josefowicz

LondonSacconi Quartet

Haydn, Dove, Mendelssohn
Sacconi String Quartet

BrnoMap and Pictures at an exhibition

Dun, Mussorgsky
Brno Philharmonic; Alan Buribayev; Matthew Barley

LondonTavener, Rachmaninov

Tavener, Rachmaninov
Joseph Fort; Choir of King's College London

BrusselsMusic Chapel Festival - Wien

Mettens, Berg, Mahler, Strauss II
Brussels Philharmonic; Stéphane Denève

RigaKaspars Zemītis and Latvian Radio choir. A British Christmas

Britten, Elgar, Tavener, Zemītis
Kaspars Zemītis, Guitar
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Soaring spiritual ascent by candlelight

Music from Vaughan Williams is contrasted with two pieces from Dobrinka Tabakova  in The Scottish Ensemble’s candlelit concert, Ascent. Senior NYOS strings swell the ranks to produce a reflective evening of richness and warmth.
****1
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Brilliant performance from Serena Wang, but lackluster CPO at the Davies Symphony Hall

Young prodigy Serena Wang delights audiences in her performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 1 while the China Philharmonic's cautious approach falls flat.
***11
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An alternative Nativity at the Barbican

John Adams' Christmas oratorio sees some fine performances, but was ultimately found wanting.
***11
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Virtuosity and elegance at Conway Hall

Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensemble, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort.
*****
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A contemporary conundrum in Prague

Fourteen years after it premiered in Vienna, a razor-sharp revival of Steve Reich's Three Tales still has the power to shock.
****1
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The Russian–French Connection in the Musikverein

In the first and last sections dance themes and virtuosic solo work bustle about, playing with percussive elements and darting  from thought to thought like a child whirling elatedly through a festival
****1
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Rides in a fast machine: precision-engineering in Berlin

The New York Phil's music director drives his Tchaikovsky hard but brings taut control to 20th-century repertoire, with Frank Peter Zimmermann oustanding in Bartók. 
****1
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Saariaho's L'Amour de loin triumphs at the Met

Conductor Susanna Mälkki, in her Met Opera debut, led the Met Opera Orchestra in a limber performance of Ms Saariaho's gorgeous music, the first woman-authored score to be heard at the Met in 113 years.
****1
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