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The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is badly cast with Renée Fleming. Plus, a young conductor shows how Brahms's 1st should be done

By Stephen Everson   January 2007

The wrong orchestra

While it is all but unknown in lieder recitals for the singer to go off stage and allow the pianist to perform solo, when singers give recitals accompanied by an orchestra, it is standard practice for the orchestra to play works alone. So for Magdalena Kozená’s recital with Il Giardino Armonico at the Barbican in late October, in between the Mozart arias we were treated to alert and characterful performances of symphonies by Boccherini and CPE Bach. And when Andreas Scholl came to the Barbican to perform a couple of Bach cantatas for solo alto at…

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