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As public performances around the world are cancelled in the light of the COVID-19 virus, the international classical musical community continues to do its best to provide music at a time when people most need comfort and connection.

Many of our artists have contributed to these efforts, either in recent broadcasts that have been uploaded or performances of cancelled concerts that were filmed behind closed doors, and even with a new radio programme. Here is a list of free broadcasts you can watch or listen to. We will be adding to it as more become available, so keep checking back.

  • François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles in Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, recorded behind closed doors at the Palace of Versailles during what was intended as a complete cycle of the symphonies. Roth also conducts the orchestra in two programmes of Berlioz: Monstre Berlioz and Fantastique Lélio, recorded at the Paris Philharmonie last year.
  • Ilan Volkov has started a new radio show, filled with exciting and eclectic choices, all taken from his own music collection.
  • Stefan Solyom conducted the premiere of Power and Glory, with music by Fredrik Österling and libretto by Hanna Höglund, with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and the film is still online.
  • The Berlin Philharmonic has made its Digital Concert Hall free for the next month, and there you can find Paul Lewis performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No.27 under the baton of Bernard Haitink, as well as a 15-minute interview with him. Haitink also conducts the orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No.7.
  • The Digital Concert Hall also includes several performances by Topi Lehtipuu, including Handel's Resurrection, Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, and Schumann's Paradise and the Peri.
  • Topi Lehtipuu also sings in a performance of Britten's Serenade for tenor and horn with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sian Edwards, recorded behind closed doors (performance starts around 1:00 of the video).
  • Polish National Opera's Tosca, directed by Barbara Wysocka, is available until 5 June.
  • Barbara Wysocka's production of Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Kirill Petrenko at the Bayerische Statsoper, has been made available to watch free online.
  • The Transmigration of Morton F., written and directed by Sjaron Minailo, is based on the music of Morton Feldman, and was first performed at the Holland Festival in 2016.
  • Violinist Elena Urioste is taking requests and broadcasting her performances with Tom Poster through her social media channels: follow them under the hashtag #UriPosteJukebox.
  • Alwynne Pritchard is using fragments of music sent to her through social media to create short music videos from her bathroom, with the hashtag #RecordedDelivery.
  • Paul Lewis performs Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata at the Parlance Chamber Concerts in January 2020.
  • Aubergine, a video and performance directed by Sjaron Minailo, presented by Antwerp's Musiektheater Transparant, has gone online as part of the Flemish Cultural Institute's 'Stage at Home'.
  • Bassem Akiki conducts the world premiere of Mark Grey's opera Frankenstein, staged at La Monnaie in March 2019, starring Topi Lehtipuu.
  • La Monnaie has also put up its production of Tristan und Isolde, with artistic concept by Ralf Pleger and Alexander Polzin, set design by Polzin and direction by Pleger, as well as Aida, with set design by Polzin.
  • Opera North's entire Wagner Ring Cycle is available to view, conducted by Richard Farnes.
  • Wigmore Hall has opened up its archive during this period, including a video of its Britten Gala last September, which featured Allan Clayton, who also appears in Beethoven's Mass in C major with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benjamin Shwartz was due to conduct Duisburg Philharmonic in a subscription concert this week, but instead they've released a recording of Dvořák's Symphony No.7, made last month.