Performances & Events: Presenting Live Concert and Opera Performances from around the World, and Reviews of Archived Music-Making Available Online to Stream When You Want, Where You Want

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Performances & Events: Presenting Live Concert and Opera Performances from around the World, and Reviews of Archived Music-Making Available Online to Stream When You Want, Where You Want


Komische Oper Berlin & streamed live on Opera Europa

Mussorgsky's Sorochinsky Fair, April 2

Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorochinsky is something of a rarity on the operatic stage, and that's because this was the opera he left unfinished. This opening night of Barrie Kosky's brand new production for Berlin's Komische Oper is the first time the work will have been heard in Berlin since 1948, and it's worth making an effort to experience it, not least because the score itself is a colourful one. Firstly, its combination of drinking songs, dances, folk tales and a wild witches' Sabbath makes for a nicely fast-moving storyline. Then there's the richly folkloric music itself, which includes Mussorgsky's orchestral fantasy, Night on the Bare Mountain, expanded into a choral piece and inserted as a dream-sequence of the peasant lad Gritsko, played by Australian tenor Alexander Lewis. Other cast members under the baton of Henrik Nanasi include Komische Oper regulars Jens Larsen and Hans Groning. The opera will then be available free, on demand, for six months on Opera Europa's The Opera Platform.

english.komische-oper-beriin.de, theoperaplatforn.eu

Halle aux Grains, Toulouse & live on Radio Classique

Adam Laloum performs Mozart, April 7

The French pianist Adam Laloum isn't yet such a well-known name on this side of the channel, although he has performed at London's Wigmore Hall and Institut francais. However, he's been a popular soloist in France for some years now, as is demonstrated by his being a regular soloist at the major Festival International de Piano de la Roque d'Antheron. Now British audiences are about to become better acquainted with his playing because last November he signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical. In the meantime you can hear him in this Toulouse concert which also features Bruckner's Symphony No 6. He'll be performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No 9, K271, under the baton of Joseph Swensen. with the Orchestre du Capitole.

onct.toulouse.fr, radiociassique.fr

St John's Smith Square & BBC Radio 3

Choral Music for Palm Sunday, April 9

Easter at St John's Smith Square this year brings the inaugural Holy Week Festival, the venue collaborating with Tenebrae and Nigel Short to present a week of workshops, lunchtime performances, evening concerts and late-night liturgical events, exploring a vast range of sacred music for Holy Week. Their evening Palm Sunday performance, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, sees Nigel Short conduct the BBC Singers in a programme of choral music such as Gibbons's Hosanna to the Son of David, Bruckner Vexiiia Regis and Poulenc's Vinea mea electa.

sjss.org.uk, bbc.co.uk/radio3

Grand Theatre de Provence, Radio Classique & Arte

Festival de Paques, April 10-23

It's the usual mix of A-lister artists and artists who deserve to be better known at violinist Renaud Capugon's Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence this year. As we go to press it isn't confirmed which concerts will be broadcast, but we do know that seven concerts across the 10 days will go out live, both on Radio Classique and on the streaming service Arte. There are some major concerts this year too, such as the opening night's performance of II Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria from Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, a concert which also marks the launch of their own 450th anniversary worldwide Monteverdi tour There's also a chance for European audiences to hear The Knights, who could be described as New York's answer to the Aurora Orchestra; they're the resident orchestra for 2017, and one of their concert highlights is Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin and Piano, with Capucon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloists. …

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