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St Leonard’s, Shoreditch, London
The radical ensemble deployed slithering bows, explosive finger-plucking and a galloping pulse at the Spitalfields Music winter festival Continue reading...
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Barbican, London
Busoni’s gargantuan piano concerto was an irresistible draw in an adventurous programme of 20th-century rarities Continue reading...
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Festival theatre, Edinburgh
Tchaikovsky’s make-believe kingdoms shimmer with considerable fairy cool in a sophisticated and elegant production

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This Christmas, we’ve asked some of our favourite musicians to create a playlist for their Christmas morning. Each weekday between now and 24 December we’ll feature a different artist’s spotify playlist; the series kicks off with trumpeter Alison Balsom’s festive selection, from Bach to Drake to Disney.

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Welsh National Opera performing project puts the spotlight on the stagehands

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Wigmore Hall, London
The Croatian countertenor’s singing was formidable and Il Pomo d’Oro’s Riccardo Minasi brought down the house Continue reading...
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Young Vic, London
A farting penguin, a monkish Martian and a boy far from home … the ENO’s first production for children, based on Oliver Jeffers’s popular story, feels like 50 minutes inside a slightly noisy but fun picture book

The ENO’s first opera for children adapts a beloved picture book by Oliver Jeffers into a show aimed at five- to eight-year-olds. They have added not only music, but also a good deal of backstory – including a severe case of flatulence for a silent, but deadly, penguin.

A boy flies a plane and ends up on the moon, having run out of petrol. There he meets a Martian, whose flying saucer has crash-landed. Together they find a way back home – the alien to her blobby father, the boy to his penguin. But the boy is compelled to chatter, while the Martian craves silence. My five-year-old, who sat transfixed through the entire 50 minutes but afterwards pronounced it all “too noisy”, was on the Martian’s side.

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Menahem Pressler (piano), Quatuor Ebène
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Soloists, Anima Eterna Brugge, Collegium Vocale Gent, Cantate Domino/van Immerseel
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Liepaja Symphony Orchestra/Paul Mann, Solberg Centenary Singers/Marit Tøndel Bodsberg, Tim Collins (organ)
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