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Weekend listening adrenaline thanks to Valkyries, Valery Gergiev, Sergei Prokofiev and Zarathustra

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Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra inside Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow Easter Festival photo).

If you can’t make it to Canada’s Wonderland for a stomach churn on the new Leviathan rollercoaster, there are several other ways to get your adrenal glands excited this weekend — all with the help of some fabulous musicians.

You can try riding along with the Valkyries in today’s opera broadcast on CBC Radio 2, from the Metropolitan Opera’s second run through the full Robert Lepage-conceived Wagner Ring Cycle.

The radio broadcast runs from noon to 6 p.m.

Also on this afternoon, from the Berlin Philharmonic’s pay-per-view HD-streaming service, is Los Angeles Philpharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel leading a performance of Erich Korngold’s lovely Violin Concerto (being played by Toronto Symphony favourite, Leonidas Kavakos) and Richard Strauss’s always-impressive Also sprach Zarathustra.

The webcast starts at 2 p.m., Eastern. To hook up, click here.

There are four remarkable concerts led by conductor Valery Gergiev from his Moscow Easter Festival, this year showcasing the symphonies and piano concerti of Sergei Prokofiev, streaming for free in HD on right now — here.

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