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St AlbansThe Sixteen: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

The Sixteen: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine "Vespers of the Blessed Virgin" (1610)
The Orchestra of The Sixteen; Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

LondonDouce Douleur: Love songs from the Courts of France & Flanders

© C Annika Derksen
Verdelot, Gombert, Dufay, Rore, Agricola, Binchois, des Prez, Janequin
Jessica Eucker; Charlotte Osborn; Tristram Cooke; Matthew O'Keeffe

StockholmSongs of Imprisonment

de Lassus, Poulenc, Dallapiccola
Swedish Radio Choir; Unknown

ZürichJeremiah

© Kaupo Kikkas
Palestrina, Gesualdo, Porat
David Orlowsky; Singer Pur

LondonTemple Church Choristers and Youth Choir

Temple Church Choristers and Youth Choir
Victoria, Duruflé, Sumsion, Ives, Mendelssohn, Elgar
Roger Sayer; Choristers of Temple Church Choir

MulhouseLa divisione del mondo

La divisione del mondo
Legrenzi: La divisione del mondo
Christophe Rousset; Jetske Mijnssen; Opéra National du Rhin; Herbert Murauer; Julia Katharina Berndt; Soraya Mafi; Ada Elodie Tuca

DijonMonteverdi

Monteverdi
Leonardo García Alarcón; Choeur de l'Opéra de Dijon

BarcelonaCor de Cambra del Palau & Simon Carrington: À la française

Sermisy, de Manchicourt, Bouzignac, Charpentier, Fauré, Poulenc
Simon Halsey; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Xavier Puig; Jordi Armengol; Simon Carrington
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Sounds of darkness in Cantata Profana's “Visions of Silence”

Cantata Profana © Russ Rowland

An eerie program of resonant sounds and sacred songs overtakes New York’s St Peter's Chelsea with Alvin Lucier, Salvatore Sciarrino and Galina Ustvokskaya alongside 17th-century works for an evening not short on drama.

****1
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Venus Unwrapped kicks off on an uneven playing field

Mary Bevan © Viktor Erik Emanuel
It was unfair to pair the exquisite madrigals and songs of Barbara Strozzi with a weighty piece by Monteverdi.
***11
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A smorgasbord of seasonal English music in Washington DC

The early music ensemble peppered its diverse program with the rollicking play A Christmas Messe. While not all arrangements worked well, expertise and emotion made for a pleasurably unique performance.
***11
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A fuller Monty: Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers

David Fallis and ensemble © Thomas May
David Fallis and colleagues offered a ravishing -- and original -- gift of Christmas music with an "alternate" Venetian Vespers drawn from Monteverdi's last published collection of sacred music. 
****1
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Soulful Advent music from the Scottish Ensemble with Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe © Kaupo Kikkos
The Scottish Ensemble with guitarist Sean Shibe perform a thoughtful programme of ancient and modern Christmas-themed music in a candlelit St John’s Kirk.
****1
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The Sixteen's Round-Britten Choral Pilgrimage reaches Durham

The Sixteen © Firedog
The Sixteen's Choral Pilrimage dissolves the boundaries between old and new, sacred and profane with striking performances of music by Cornysh and Britten. 
*****
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Dido and Aeneas rescue a disappointing Baroque triple bill from ETO

Nicholas Mogg (Aeneas), Alison Manifold and Sky Ingram (Dido) © Richard Hubert Smith
English Touring Opera's triple bill of early Baroque miniatures promised an intruiging evening but failed up to expectations. 
**111
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Re-imagining: A showcase for innovation at Kings Place

Litha and Effy Efthymiou © Stanislava Buevich
The unlikely pairing of jazz and Baroque makes complete sense under the baton of Sam Poppleton. 
*****
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