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A reconstruction of George Butterworth’s Fantasia for Orchestra provided a seamless piece of musical speculation, but it was Finzi’s final Cello Concerto that gave this concert substance

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Glyndebourne, Lewes
Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s Carmen combines dignity, intelligence and knowing sexual allure in this visually spectacular production

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Glyndebourne festival, Lewes, East Sussex
Despite some woefully dull staging, Donizetti’s rarely seen gem proves a terrific opener to this year’s festival Continue reading...
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The Juilliard’s early music ensemble, Juilliard415, play not just Bach, but Beethoven, Haydn and new works – one sign of the way in which the school’s latest performing arts programme is behind new trends in period performance Continue reading...
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Royal Festival Hall, London
Iván Fischer and the BFO gave a colossal force and momentum to Brahms, while soloist Maria João Pires delivered a near-perfect performance of Mozart

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Glyndebourne, Lewes
It’s hard to better Mariame Clément’s revival of Donizetti’s opera about persecution and martyrdom

It has been a good year for Gaetano Donizetti. For the season opener, Glyndebourne has chosen Poliuto, his story of religious persecution and martyrdom in Roman-occupied Armenia, never heard in the UK – or, at least, not heard quite like this: at London’s Royal Festival Hall only a few months ago, Opera Rara exhumed Les Martyrs, the sprawling four-act opera into which Donizetti reworked Poliuto to cater for the more extravagant tastes of Paris audiences. Poliuto is far leaner than Les Martyrs – the closing act is so short that, at Glyndebourne, it’s over before the interval picnic has gone down.

The London Philharmonic sound airy and idiomatic under Enrique Mazzola’s pacy conducting, and the chorus is strong with outstanding soloists. In fact, the whole evening would fly by if it weren’t for the flatness of Mariame Clément’s production.

Related: New David Hare play to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne

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