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LondonSea Change

© Sheila Burnett
Skempton, de Wert, Grieg, Brahms, Bennett, Parry, Mäntyjärvi, Campion, Jackson, Coleridge-Taylor, Vaughan Williams, Holst
Andrew Griffiths; Londinium

CincinnatiA Lush and Rhythmic Romance

Gabrieli, Bernstein, MacMillan, Ravel
Juanjo Mena; May Festival Chorus; David Daniels

OxfordThe Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018

The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018
Britten, Cornysh II
Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

HalleFestkonzert mit Joyce DiDonato

Purcell, Jommelli, Gesualdo, Pärt, Handel
Maxim Emelyanychev; Joyce DiDonato; Il Pomo d'Oro; Manuel Palazzo; Ralf Pleger

HalleNostalgia: Das Meer der Erinnerungen

Cavalli, Grandi
Nihan Deveciogˇlu; Friederike Heumann; Xavier Díaz

DresdenJoyce Di Donato & Il Pomo D'Oro

© Brooke Shaden
Handel, Jommelli, Leo, Monteverdi, Purcell
Maxim Emelyanychev; Il Pomo d'Oro; Joyce DiDonato; Manuel Palazzo; Ralf Pleger

LondonManchester Collective: Sirocco

Manchester Collective: Sirocco
Sollima, Lawes, Ravel, Haydn, Stravinsky, Traditional African, Traditional Moravian, Traditional Norwegian
Abel Selaocoe; Manchester Collective

ArlesBach & Mozart par Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout et Alexander Melnikov

Bach & Mozart par Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout et Alexander Melnikov
Bach, Froberger, Biber, Brahms
Isabelle Faust; Kristian Bezuidenhout; Alexander Melnikov
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Ticciati, Ólafsson and Shida Rigolo take their time at Kings Place

Miyoko Shida Rigolo © Miyoko Shida Rigolo
Hugo Ticciati and Víkingur Ólafsson explore notions of time, but a lesson in mindful performance comes from the gravity-defying Sanddorn Balance act.  
****1
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Opera Atelier's strengths reinforced with Monteverdi

Krešimir Špicer (Ulysses) and Christopher Enns (Telemaco) © Bruce Zinger | Opera Atelier
Opera Atelier's return to the earliest part of the repertoire with Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria showcases their strengths in a relatively restrained production anchored by a strong ensemble cast.
***11
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Fabulous Mozart from Nicole Car in eclectic Sydney programme

Nicole Car © Georges Antoni
Bracing and emotionally direct performances from the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Nicole Car, in a carefully-planned programme.
****1
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O/MODƏRNT at Wigmore Hall: A descent into melodrama

Hugo Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
Conceptually, the programme of descending and rising fourths offered a real treat: in practice, the musicians' skill was in danger of being lost as they attempted to recover from their opening gimmickry.
***11
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Ex Cathedra for Holy Week at St John’s Smith Square

Ex Cathedra © Paul Arthur
A Lenten programme of 17th-century French and Italian sacred music partially fulfilled its dramatic potential in refined, understated performances. 
***11
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A hansel at Snape Maltings

Mark Padmore © Marco Borggreve
Julius Drake, Krzysztof Chorzelski and Mark Padmore contributed their notable gifts of piano, viola and voice respectively in a very special, often heartfelt fundraising evening for two music education charities. 
****1
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Turin's Orpheus does not ascend to Heaven

Mauro Borgioni (Orfeo) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
In the Teatro Regio's production everything is according to the script, but the magic of the stage is absent. 
**111
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Sweeping, elegant Tchaikovsky in Philadelphia

Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
Michael Tilson Thomas returned to Philadelphia, this time showing both facets of his artistic career.
****1
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