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LondonJakub Hrůša: Dvořák and Grieg

© Marco Borggreve
Kodály, Grieg, Dvořák
Philharmonia Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Denis Kozhukhin

BernFrançois Leleux - Der Dirigent | 8. Symphoniekonzert

Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Pasculli
Bern Symphony Orchestra; François Leleux; Benjamin Grosvenor

GlasgowBerlioz’s ‘Lélio’

Berlioz
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Joana Carneiro; Karen Cargill; Andrew Tortise; Sam Furness; Neal Davies

BarcelonaDe Strauss a Eötvös con Rafael Payare

De Strauss a Eötvös con Rafael Payare
Strauss R., Eötvös
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Rafael Payare

BambergKlavier und Orgel

Franck, Widor, Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Mozart, Liszt
Christian Schmitt; Kristin Merscher

LondonMinerva Piano Trio

Minerva Piano Trio
Schumann C., Ravel, Schubert
Minerva Piano Trio

AberdeenChan Conducts Romeo and Juliet

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Elim Chan; Lukáš Vondrácek

AmsterdamSunday morning concert: Ray Chen plays Tartini and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence

© Julian Hargreaves
Tartini, Tchaikovsky
Amsterdam Sinfonietta; Ray Chen; Candida Thompson
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Núñez and Muntagirov light up Don Quixote

Marianela Núñez (Kitri) © ROH | Johan Persson (2013)
Despite Carlos Acosta's staging of Don Quixote feeling a little tame, the Royal Ballet's star couple dazzles. 
***11
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An evening with the Hallé of rhythmical virtuosity

Carlos Miguel Prieto © Benjamin Ealovega

The combined forces of Mexico’s most prominent conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and the leading Spanish clarinettist Sergio Castelló López lent a slightly new sound to the Hallé. 

***11
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Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver

The Lyric revives Sir David McVicar’s production of Strauss’ horrific tale with a superb cast led by Swedish “helden-soprano” Nina Stemme.

****1
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SF Ballet's Program 2 is a Kaleidoscope of Vibrant Works

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Divertimento #15 © Erik Tomasson

Artful patterns come to life in San Francisco Ballet’s Program 2, Kaleidoscope, which opened last Tuesday night at the War Memorial Opera House.

****1
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A steller Damnation de Faust in Manchester

Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Sir Mark Elder conducts a memorable performance of Berlioz' masterpiece in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.
*****
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Electrifying Rach 3 from Giltburg in Rotterdam

Boris Giltburg © Sasha Gusov
A Russian double bill from the Rotterdam Philharmonic in their own turf under Stanislav Kochanovsky.
****1
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A sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Concluding Gardiner's Schumann cycle, it was a memorable concert, with a memorable Spring Symphony and a musical Manfred Overture. The Beethoven first piano concerto proved an unlikely hero.
****1
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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