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Prospect recommends: The best classical music this month

There’s no shortage of performances marking Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary

By Alexandra Coghlan   May 2017

Great expectations: Beatrice Rana ©Marie-Staggat

Karita Mattila

Wigmore Hall, 6th May

Nobody fills a melodic line with greater depth of colour or coaxes more emotion from a phrase than Karita Mattila. Blessed with one of the loveliest voices around, Finland’s star soprano is also an instinctive musician and a supreme stage animal. The opportunity of hearing her in the intimacy of the Wigmore Hall is all but unmissable. Mattila’s signature Richard Strauss dominates, including the exquisitely melancholic “Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden,” and the radiant dream-fantasy of “Wiegenlied.” Brahms’s…

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