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Work: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 1

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ComposerWagner, Richard (1813-1883)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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BerlinNew Year's Eve Concert with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Wagner, Weber, Bernstein
Konzerthausorchester Berlin; Christoph Eschenbach; Martin Helmchen

Hong KongJAAP’s 60th Birthday Gala

Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd
Wagner, Chan, Beethoven
Academy Symphony Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Joshua Bell; Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

ParisSalon Marcel Proust

Fauré, Chopin, Wagner, Chabrier, Couperin
Théotime Langlois de Swarte; Tanguy de Williencourt
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Excellent playing, but lacklustre conducting in Sydney

Pietari Inkinen © Nguye Phuong
The Sydney Symphony, temporarily rehoused in the ornate Victorian style Town Hall, plays grandiose Wagner and safe Stravinsky. 
***11
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Violin sensation Joshua Bell returns to Atlanta

Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps
Violinist Joshua Bell returns to light up the 75th anniversary of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with a fiery performance of Wieniawski's Second Violin Concerto.
****1
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Prom 14: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic go for contrasts

John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Contrasts are fine but they don’t always work: in a programme with a strongly Germanic flavour John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic stretch the boundaries.
***11
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Full-on romantics at Cadogan Hall

Christoph König © Pedro Lobo, Casa da musica
Big sounds were on display as Christoph König and the RPO powered through Rachmaninov and Wagner, with a measured and flowing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto from Tasmin Little.
***11
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Hammered home: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Daniele Gatti © Mark Allan | Barbican
The concluding concert in the Amsterdammers’ brief Barbican residency mixed youthful promise with a programme that seemed to sum up 2016’s angst and fears.
****1
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