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Cellos, carols and Cecilia Bartoli: the classical music to see in December

The best concerts to book now for December 2017

By Alexandra Coghlan   December 2017

Cecilia Bartoli & Sol Gabetta 

Barbican, 1st December

What’s better than one soloist at the peak of her musical powers? Try two. Italy’s reigning mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is joined by star Argentinian cellist and friend Sol Gabetta. Together they will stage a “dolce duello”—a sweet duel of musicianship with each urging the other on to greater feats of virtuosity. No one puts on a classical show like Bartoli, and this performance—part-concert, part-friendly competition—promises plenty of spectacle. It’s also a brilliantly crafted project inspired by famous musical duels of history, and…

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