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Coudray-RabutLe Baroque au Verger

Kertzinger, Abel, Telemann, Hume, Sainte-Colombe, Marais
Mathias Ferré, Viola da Gamba

SalzburgChamber Concert Faust · Goltz · BezuidenhoutOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Chamber Concerts

Bach, Biber
Isabelle Faust; Kristin von der Goltz; Kristian Bezuidenhout

GrazKrieg und Frieden

© Davis Ignaszewski
Isaak, Scheidt, Schein, Rosenmüller, Lully, Charpentier, Biber, Cabanilles, Fesch, Handel
Le Concert des Nations; La capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall

AmsterdamOn the Spot: baroque to jazz

On the Spot: baroque to jazz
Heredia, Visée, Rossi, Davis, Vloeimans, van Kesteren, van Veenendaal, Azmeh
Calefax; Eric Vloeimans

SalzburgCollegium Vocale Gent · Herreweghe · Klangforum Wien · VolkovOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Time with Ustvolskaya

Schütz, Ustvolskaya
Orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe; Collegium Vocale Gent; Marino Formenti; Klangforum Wien; Ilan Volkov

InnsbruckNordkette und Vesuv

Nordkette und Vesuv
Falconieri, Mealli
Ensemble Kavka

SalzburgOfficium 1 – La Capella Reial · Hespèrion XXI · SavallOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Victoria
Jordi Savall; La capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI

Cesny-aux-VignesIf Music Be The Food Of Love

Monteverdi, Castaldi, Frescobaldi, Caccini, Lully, Boësset, Moulinié, Purcell, Britten, Barrios Mangoré, García Lorca, de Moraes, Bonfá
Jeanne Zaepffel; Léa Masson
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Dafne returns to Florence four centuries later

Francesca Boncompagni (Dafne) © Camilla Ricci
The imaginative baroque architecture of the Buontalenti Grotto in Palazzo Pitti Boboli Gardens is an inert background to the action in this reprise of one of the first operas.
***11
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A metaphor for the modern world in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Calixto Bieito sets Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a hedonist, decadent society whose citizens are defined by their egotism, ambition and sexual exploits.
****1
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A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Vogt and the RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia deliver Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 with swaggering self-confidence, and heroic chorus singing.
***11
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Gardiner steps into his Ring of Cantatas in Leipzig

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting in the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig © Bachfest Leipzig | Gert Mothes
A taste of the opening weekend in Leipzig’s marathon Bach Festival. 
****1
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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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