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Venue: Berwaldhallen, Stockholm

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AddressDag Hammarskjölds väg 3
Östermalm
Stockholm
Sweden
Google maps59° 20' 0.014" N 18° 6' 1.689" E
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Handel's Messiah streamed from the Baltic Sea Festival

Reinhard Goebel conducts a perfectly fine, straight-down-the-line Messiah as Sweden re-engages with live audiences. 

***11
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A Baltic phoenix: Esa-Pekka Salonen brings Stockholm back to life

After hosting 18 months of concerts without audience, Berwaldhallen comes back to life with the Baltic Sea Festival and its phenomenal opening concert as intelligent as it is overwhelming.
*****
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Elegant Mozart and monumental Schubert from Blomstedt in Stockholm

The inexhaustible maestro shared the stage with Johan Dalene, an exciting violinist seven decades his junior.
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Mäkelä shapes Sibelius persuasively in Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen

Mäkelä brought out the harmonic inventiveness and the unexpected lyrical character of the music. 
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A persuasively dark Don Giovanni from Swedish Radio

Andrew Staples creates an austere, monochrome semi-staging that's strangely appropriate to the times; Peter Mattei and John Lundgren lead an excellent cast.
****1
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Post-lockdown Sibelius from Daniel Harding and the Swedish RSO

Although filled with beauty and sweetly played, the fragmentation of the symphony felt too disruptive.
***11
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An aquatic programme with Klaus Mäkelä and the Swedish RSO

Bookending a concert with Die Seejungfrau and La Mer, Klaus Mäkelä and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra offered two very different musical depictions of water and the ocean.
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In an unusually convincing concert performance, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Finnish National Opera emphasised the lyrical aspects of Wagner's Das Rheingold.
*****
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