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The week in classical: Così fan tutte; Czech Philharmonic/CBSO Chorus/Bychkov
Coliseum, London; Barbican, London
ENO’s fizzy production of Mozart’s masterpiece lands well in dark times, while a Czech performance of Janáček and Dvořák summons life-affirming spirit

Stephen Pritchard

19, Mar, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: The Golden Cockerel; LSO/Christophers: The Creation; Bath Festival Orchestra
ETO’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s satirical opera is uncomfortably timely; the Barbican celebrates its 40th with Haydn; and a 1962 work gets a long overdue UK premiere

Stephen Pritchard

12, Mar, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: BBC Philharmonic/Wigglesworth; Sergei Babayan and Martha Argerich
Hope and humanity echo in Vaughan Williams’s anti-war symphonies, while Argerich and Babayan’s Prokofiev moves from breakneck to dreamlike

Stephen Pritchard

05, Mar, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Ghosts in the Ruins review – Nitin Sawhney’s ‘new take’ on Britten’s War Requiem falls short
With only a vague sense of narrative and precious little to stir the emotions, this new work struggles to reflect Coventry’s proud, vibrant history

Stephen Pritchard

05, Feb, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The African Concert Series review – wild and shimmering piano gems
Rebeca Omordia launches this year’s series with a fascinating recital of music from Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco and South Africa

Stephen Pritchard

29, Jan, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The week in clasical: Macbeth; Brentano String Quartet – review
Anna Pirozzi, Simon Keenlyside and numerous witches jostle for power at Covent Garden. Plus, illuminating accounts of Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s final works

Stephen Pritchard

21, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: Life, Letters & Friendship; Bluebeard’s Castle – review
The Carducci Quartet get to the heart of Shostakovich, while two very different interpretations of Bartók’s only opera enthral

Stephen Pritchard

13, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: RPO/ Petrenko; Esther Woo and Yekwon Sunwoo – review
Vasily Petrenko takes over at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – and pumps up the volume. And a new violin-piano duo make their mark

Stephen Pritchard

25, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Rigoletto; London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle – review
One grisly moment aside, Oliver Mears’s ROH debut production delivers a remarkably straightforward evening of sweeping Verdi

Stephen Pritchard

18, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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The week in classical: Giulio Cesare; Susanna – review
English Touring Opera hits the road with top-notch Handel

Stephen Pritchard

14, Mar, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Home listening: Poulenc, Parry and a magnificent seven
Mark Bebbington excels in Poulenc’s Piano Concerto, Parry’s Judith springs to life. Plus, a new work for International Women’s Day

Stephen Pritchard

08, Mar, 2020 @5:29 AM

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The week in classical: Les vêpres siciliennes; Luisa Miller review – a passion for patriarchy
Verdi had something of a father fixation – as witnessed in new productions of two of his lesser-known works

Stephen Pritchard

15, Feb, 2020 @12:00 PM

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