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Matthias Goerne

Matthias Goerne / Seong-Jin Cho @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

Matthias Goerne, now at the very peak of his powers, has chosen his accompanists from amongst the most eminent; Seong-Jin Cho must surely be the…



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