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The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

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© Hans Samsom
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© Leander Lammertink
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It was Bernard Haitink who once praised The Concertgebouw as the best instrument of the orchestra that it houses. That must have been what prominent Amsterdam residents had in mind when they decided in 1881 to gift the capital city with a majestic concert hall. Seven years later, the swampy fields just outside the city limits boasted a wonder of neoclassic architecture, The Concertgebouw.
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AmsterdamViviane Hagner and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker: Mozart and Kodály

Mozart, Glière, Schulhoff
Viviane Hagner; Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

AmsterdamJaroussky sings Bach and Telemann

Telemann, Bach
Freiburger Barockorchester; Philippe Jaroussky

AmsterdamNederlands Kamerkoor: Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt

Pärt, Glass, Jennefelt, Lang
Peter Dijkstra; Nederlands Kamerkoor; Matthias Havinga

AmsterdamThe King's Consort & Choir: Vivaldi

Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans
Robert King; Malena Ernman; Julia Doyle; Marianne Beate Kielland; Gaia Petrone

AmsterdamHannes Minnaar and Heath Quartet: Fauré

Beethoven, Ravel, Fauré
Heath Quartet; Hannes Minnaar
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Beauty and the Beast battle for our hearts and ears

A truly remarkable performance of Stravinky's Sacre by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti.
****1
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Christine Goerke's superb Brünnhilde

At the Concertgebouw, the three soloist headed by Christine Goerke’s Brünnhilde’s lift the performance of Act III of Die Walküre conducted by Valery Gergiev to the Valhalla of music.
****1
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Jurowski drowns out propaganda with Prokofiev

As the first non-Russian orchestra to tackle a complete Semyon Kotko, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic gave a tension-propelled performance under the inspired leadership of Vladimir Jurowski.
****1
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Magnificent terror in Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch

Detlev Glanert's first religious composition, a staggering Requiem for solo voices, two choirs and orchestra, pits the demonic against the angelic, and is worthy of the genius it celebrates.
*****
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Ceaseless fire in Spontini's Olympie at the Concertgebouw

Jérémie Rhorer led a turbocharged performance of this rare Spontini opera, which, although it tires with its grandiose hyperbole, contains excerpts that deserve to be heard more often.
***11
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