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Saturday 10 October 2015

Measha Brueggergosman as Jenny in 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' in Rome. Photo © 2015 Yasuko Kageyama  Ashley Wass at Restoration House, Rochester, UK. Photo © 2012 Patrick Allen  Joseph Tawadros playing the oud at Festival Maribor. Photo © 2015 Dejan Bulut  Belinda Sykes in a publicity photo for Joglaresa's Magna Carta programme  Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Antonio Pappano and the choir and orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Photo © 2015 Musacchio & Ianniello  John McCabe Piano Music. © 2015 Naxos Rights US Inc  Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder; Elgar: Sea Pictures - Sarah Rose Taylor. © 2015 MSR Classics



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* Ensemble. The End of Utopia - 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

* Anniversaries: George Malcolm; Evgeny Kissin; Richard Kanter; Giuseppe Verdi; Steve Martland; Ferenc Farkas

* Today's concerts: Meridian Brass Quartet, in aid of charity Practical Action; London, UK; Brian Le, piano - Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartók, Chopin, Ravel and Prokofiev; New York, US; Casa Margarita: House of Love; Oxford, UK; Brahms: Symphony No 2; London, UK; Ibero-American program: a tonadilla (with singers), Chevalier de St-Georges, and Spanish symphonists; New York, US

* Festivals, competitions and masterclasses: Little Missenden Festival (2-11 October); Buckinghamshire, UK

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Finely-Judged - Mike Wheeler listens to most of a piano recital by Ashley Wass

Ensemble. Woman for all Seasons - Gerald Fenech returns to Festival Maribor in Slovenia

Ensemble. Bit of Rough? - Belinda Sykes and Joglaresa in Nottingham, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. A Turning Point - The first in a series of orchestral concerts in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

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CD Spotlight. Organ transcriptions - Vocal music by Wagner and Elgar, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'Sarah Rose Taylor's voice is warm and creamy.'

CD Spotlight. Evocative Stuff - Vocal and choral music by Jaime León, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'Performances are unerringly fresh and balanced ...'

Ask Alice - Multiple remedies for a music- and sport-related ailment, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

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CD Spotlight. Rose-coloured Sound - Canadian-born harpist Katrina Szederkényi, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... truly magnificent ...'

CD Spotlight. Compelling Listening - Lithuanian-born pianist Vytautas Smetona impresses Geoff Pearce. 'His cantabile playing almost transports you to heaven ...'

CD Spotlight. Passionate and Surprising - David McGuinness and friends, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'A beguiling issue in superb sound and catchy presentation.'

Ensemble. An Outstanding Success - The Tallis Scholars celebrate Arvo Pärt's eightieth birthday at Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Ensemble. A High Level - German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Sonic Distinction - The British vocal octet Voces8, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... a luminous selection of pieces spanning over four hundred years ...'

Ensemble. Les Dissonances - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Bucharest

CD Spotlight. Something Magical - Music by Malipiero, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the forces on this disc are well up to the challenge.'

Ensemble. Music for the Brave Organist - Mike Wheeler listens to David Liddle's recital at Derby Cathedral

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A Higher Standard - Malcolm Miller reports from the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

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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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Anna Netrebko in Massenet's 'Manon' at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2012 Ken HowardVocal Glory - Massenet's 'Manon' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

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