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Venue: Wiener Musikverein, Vienna

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AddressMusikvereinsplatz 1, 1010
Vienna
Austria
ContainsMusikverein: Brahms-Saal
Musikverein: Gläserner Saal
Musikverein: Großer Saal
Musikverein: Metallener Saal
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Google maps48° 12' 30.080" N 16° 22' 3.936" E
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Giants, prodigies and miniatures at the Musikverein

Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve
All the light, tuneful melodies and tuttis of the Ninth Symphony are still somehow Shostakovich, but a Shostakovich during a rare period where he seems to be taking antidepressants.
****1
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Knockout Pathétique from Bychkov and the Czech Phi in Vienna

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic at the Musikverein © Dieter Nagl
Bychkov and his sterling Czech forces are joined by Renaud Capuçon for a contrasting all-Tchaikovsky programme on their second day at the Vienna Musikverein.
****1
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Superb Tchaikovsky from Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic in Vienna

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic at the Musikverein © Dieter Nagl
The distinctive sound of the orchestra that seems to encapsulate centuries of Central-European tradition – glowing violins, characterful winds and some of the most pregnant brass you can hear – bloomed in the marvellous acoustics of the Musikverein.
*****
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Frail Jansons brings huge strength to devastating Brahms

Mariss Jansonsc conducts the Bavarian RSO in rehearsals © Astrid Ackmann
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra triumphs under inspiring conducting in Vienna.
****1
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Wiener Virtuosen, Hampson and Ottensamer at the Musikverein

Daniel Ottensamer © Julia Stix
Excellent chamber orchestras are a true pleasure to behold. The Wiener Virtuosen were in their element in an evening of Mozart, Mahler and Dvořák. 
***11
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Polished perfection: Winterreise at the Musikverein

Christian Gerhaher © Gregor Hohenberg | Sony Classical
Whether one prefers more raw emotion and large-scale architecture or is thrilled by perfectly sculpted individual masterpieces, this was undeniably chamber music of the highest order.
****1
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Sublimely intimate Schubert from Mitsuko Uchida at the Musikverein

Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Decca | Justin Pumfrey
The soul of the composer seems very much alive in her touch, particularly in his most retrospective moments.
****1
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A variable evening of Verdi in Vienna

Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay | Erato
Unlike the conucopia of duets Verdi wrote for soprano and baritone, his music for soprano and bass is much more limited and what exists is not exactly the acme of his output.
***11
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