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Friday 12 February 2016

Ingrid Perruche in Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde' at Teatro Malibran in Venice  The Eblana String Trio  Respighi: Metamorphoseon. © 2015 BIS Records AB  Sara Mingardo, Martina Janková and Leonardo Cortellazzi in Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' at La Scala, Milan. Photo © 2016 Brescia and Amisano  Dmitry Khakharmov shakes hands with Jacky Wong at the Hornton Chamber Orchestra's Royal Academy of Music's Duke's Hall concert  Ulf Söderblom. Photo © Lehtikuva  Kate Lindsey in rehearsal for Chabrier's 'L'Etoile' at Covent Garden

                

 

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* Ensemble. Carnival in Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde'

* Anniversaries: Jan Ladislav Dussek; Agostino Steffani; Leon Goossens; Hans von Bulow; Ambroise Thomas; Désiré Dondeyne

* Today's concerts: Mozart, His Friends, Admirers and Rivals - Orchestra of the Swan; Worcestershire, UK; Ecce Ensemble; Cambridge, US

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: International Festival 'Sarajevo Winter' (7 February-21 March); Sarajevo, BA

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Ensemble. Wide-ranging Character - Andrew Dunlop, Ria Nolan and the Eblana String Trio, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Ensemble. Transcendental Dawn - Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Beautifully Controlled - Keith Bramich makes a return visit to Jacky Wong's Hornton Chamber Orchestra

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