Period: Contemporary

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AmsterdamIves, Mills

Ives, Mills
Philharmonie Zuidnederland; Christophe Mangou; Jeff Mills

TokyoMusic Composition: Kaija Saariaho

Sibelius, Saariaho, Di Castri
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Ernest Martinez Izquierdo; Xavier de Maistre

LondonMandela Trilogy

van Dijk, Campbell
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra; Tim Murray; 12 ensemble

OsloAnniversary Concert I

Grieg, Tveitt, Mikalsen, Janson
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Tine Thing Helseth

LondonFree Lunchtime Recitals at St Bride’s

Hotteterre, Piazzolla, Vieira Brandão, Fiala
Omnes Musica; Joe Harper; Madeleine Ridd

StockholmDudamel and Bolívar

Desenne, Villa-Lobos, Ravel
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; Gustavo Dudamel

LondonFree Lunchtime Recitals at St Bride’s

Soler, Haydn, Mompou, Mould
Johan De Cock, Piano

StockholmProkofiev and Adams

Prokofiev, Adams
Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra; Lawrence Renes; Royal Swedish Opera Chorus; Swedish Radio Choir
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Fate knocks, Ophelia sings, Mirga triumphs

A pair of auspicious debuts marked the CBSO's Prom: MirgaGražinyte-Tyla was making her London debut, plus it was the first time that Hans Abrahamsen's song cycle let me tell you was to be heard in the capital. 
****1
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Music as “garden” and “theatre”

Tan Dun, Keiko Mitsuhashi, and the Tokyo Philharmonic deliver an homage concert to Toru Takemitsu, utilizing orchestral music as a “garden” and a “theatre."
*****
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Layton returns to Auckland with Bach and Pärt

...it was the Bach pieces that were the undoubted highlights, particularly the radiant contribution of Sara Macliver.
****1
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Prom 51: Passion and Brazilian flair from Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

In true Olympian spirit, Marin Alsop and her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra dived head first into the drama of Brazilian music, with luxurious Rachmaninov and Gabriela Montero freely expressive in Grieg.
****1
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Prom 47: Classical excellence from Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare's energetic conducting of his Ulster Orchestra in Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Hellawell showed how fortunate Belfast is to still have this skilled musical force. 
****1
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Pintscher's reflection on Shakespearean metamorphoses

In a study of shifting form, tonight's dedication to the bard paired Mendelssohn's incidental music to the play with another work inspired by The Metamorphoses: Matthias Pintscher's mesmerising Reflections on Narcissus.
***11
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A microtonal affair from London Sinfonietta

Fantastic performances can't quite elevate a disconnected audio-visual experience
***11
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Fun and games open Oslo Chamber Music Festival

Thursday's opening of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival showed an enticing bredth of programming, showcasing a wide array of new and old music, all performed with utter conviction.
*****
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