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Saturday 28 November 2015

Katie Bray as Rosina in Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville'. Photo © 2015 Tristram Kenton  Muzio Clementi  A scene from Act II of Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at La Fenice. Photo © 2015 Michele Crosera  Angela Meade. Photo © Dario Acosta  Matvey Nikolaevsky: Two Dances for Orchestra; Piano Music; Songs. © 2015 Toccata Classics  Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire; Portera: Red Music. © 2015 Contempoars SRL  Maria Mudryak and Pablo Ruiz in Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale'. Photo © 2015 Stefano Binci



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* Ensemble. Exuberant Delight - Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville', enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

* Anniversaries: Havergal Brian; Jean-Baptiste Lully; Bartholomäus Ringwaldt; Johann Peter Salomon; Anton Rubinstein

* Today's concerts: Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore; Melbourne, AU; Oxford Philomusica and Nicola Benedetti; Oxford, UK; Arensky Chamber Orchestra - Reich and Sibelius; London, UK; Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir reprises its first concert given in 1915.; Tyne and Wear, UK

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Ensemble. Luxuriant Orchestration - Mozart's 'Idomeneo', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

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CD Spotlight. Delightfully Melodic - Music by Matvey Nikolaevsky, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... immensely enjoyable stuff ...'

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Ensemble. An International Co-production - Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Refreshingly Wide-ranging - A recital by Korean pianist Jenna Sung, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. The Downfall - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Remarkable Playing - Danish and Faroese recorder concerti, enjoyed by Geoff Pearce. '... Michala Petri is a champion of this instrument.'

CD Spotlight. Lucid and Commanding - Bartók piano music, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'American pianist Terry Eder despatches this difficult repertoire with great rhythmic vitality and expressive exuberance ...'

CD Spotlight. Feral Wildness - Music by Osias Wilenski, heard by the late Howard Smith. 'Lauded for his compositional style, Wilenski's unique works range from narrative symphonic poems and operatic spin-offs to instrumental miniatures.'

CD Spotlight. Commanding the Passions - Sonatas by Francesco Barsanti, enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. '... performances are consistently versatile, accurate and poetic.'

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Ensemble. Dramatic Values - Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser', live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. A Gripping Account - Derby Bach Choir sings Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius', and impresses Mike Wheeler

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CD Spotlight. Amongst the Best - Schumann and Strauss from Grimaud and Zinman, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... a marvelous disc to add to your collection ...'

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Music's Delight - Ensemble and orchestra scores of the pre-classical period

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Jack Liebeck. Photo © 2014 Phillip CohenEnsemble. Melting Rhapsody - Malcolm Miller enjoys Jack Liebeck and Danny Driver's 'Hebrew Melody' recital, plus a recital by David Aaron Carpenter

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A Beethoven Odyssey, Volume 3 - James Brawn. © 2014 MSR ClassicsCD Spotlight. Masterful Handling - Volume 3 of James Brawn's Beethoven, praised by Andrew Schartmann. '... his interpretive choices are exquisite.'

A Beethoven Odyssey, Volume 2 - James Brawn. © 2013 MSR ClassicsCD Spotlight. Perfect Indeed - More Beethoven from James Brawn, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. '... a profound - almost spiritual - connection to the music ...'

A Beethoven Odyssey, Volume I - James Brawn. © 2013 MSR ClassicsCD Spotlight. Masterfully Controlled - James Brawn's Beethoven Odyssey impresses Andrew Schartmann. '... the movement bubbles over with excitement ...'

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Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette. © 2011 Bel Air MediaDVD Spotlight. Olympic Scale - Charles Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'Musically the performance deserves all the applause it gets.'

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