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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

GranadaLa novena de Beethoven

La novena de Beethoven
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Orquesta Ciudad de Granada; Andrea Marcon; Berna Perles; Karina Demurova; Airam Hernandez; Sebastià Peris i Marco

Santiago de CompostelaReal Filharmonía de Galicia

Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Ravel, Strauss R., Stravinsky
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Jaime Martín; Lucas Macías Navarro

SevilleReal Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: Danzas apasionadas

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: Danzas apasionadas
Brahms, Haydn, Kodály
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; Charles Olivieri-Munroe

ZürichTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Fabio Luisi; Giancarlo del Monaco; Zurich Opera; Peter Sykora; Martina Serafin; Aleksandrs Antonenko

OxfordBagatelles after Beethoven

Bagatelles after Beethoven
Berg, Beethoven, Butler, Gordon, Frances-Hoad, Jackson, Knotts, Sheen
Tim Horton, Piano

OviedoOrquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias

Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
Ligeti, Mozart, Brahms
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias; James Ross; Vicente Mascarell

LondonLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Samuel Evans; Sophie Gilpin; Hampstead Garden Opera; Julia Bachmann; Eleanor Ross; Alexander Aldren; Sergio Augusto
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La dolce vita and Sommerfrische with the Philharmonia

Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
Italian sunshine and Austrian spring days evoked in a programmes containing two symphonies at the Royal Festival Hall. 
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Battles won and drawn: Beethoven and Barry from the Britten Sinfonia

Nicolas Hodges © Eric Richmond
The latest concert in the Britten Sinfonia’s ongoing Beethoven symphony cycle also featured the London première of Gerald Barry’s combative Piano Concerto.
****1
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Tenebrae weaves a mesmerising spell at Perth Festival of the Arts

Nigel Short © Susan Porter-Thomas
Stunningly beautiful commemorative British choral music from Tenebrae under Nigel Short at Perth Festival of the Arts in St John’s Kirk’s wonderful acoustic.
****1
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Patriotic fervour in Florence's La battaglia di Legnano

Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Marco Tullio Giordana's new production at the Maggio Musicale may be static, but musically there's much to enjoy in this rare slice of middle-period Verdi.
****1
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Elegant guise from Arabella Steinbacher with Dresden Philharmonic

Arabella Steinbacher © Peter Rigaud
A polished Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto from Arabella Steinbacher preceded a forceful Shostakovich 5 from Michael Sanderling as the Dresden Philharmonic continue their UK tour.
****1
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
****1
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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