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In conversation with Sergei Filin

Interview with Sergei Filin, Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet, in the midst of a busy tour to Hong Kong Arts Festival

Ten Symphonies you should hear in 2015

Read our guide to the Bachtrack team's list of ten symphonies you should see this year.

Lust, jealousy, revenge and murder under the canopy

Opera Holland Park is adored by opera newbies for its friendly, informal atmosphere and its accessible ticket prices. Yet it is adored by aficianados too for its brave programming... and this season is no different.

Pierre Boulez the centrepiece of the 2015 Holland Festival

“If you haven’t heard Notations your life isn’t complete.” Ruth Mackenzie is clearly passionate about the music of Pierre Boulez, and in her new capacity as Artistic Director of the Holland Festival she is in the perfect position to share that passion. 

Boulez turns 90 in style at the Barbican

The first performance of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion Day: Pierre Boulez at 90 featured the composer's Piano Sonata no. 2 and Éclat/Multiples.
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MTT on touring with the LSO

Ahead of a US tour with the London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas reflects on the LSO sound, iconic repertoire and creating different concert experiences. 

Sibelius and Nielsen: National poetry and polyphony

All composer anniversaries, especially those of well-established names, offer a possibility of looking at their lesser known compositions.

On composing choral music: An interview with Ann Callaway

An interview with composer Ann Callaway about the art of writing choral music.

Culture in Budapest: for kids

Animals, museums, interactivity, outdoor activities: Budapest has plenty to explore and discover, no matter if you’re an actual child - or a child at heart.

Culture in Budapest: Food and fun

From delectable strudels to fine Hungarian dining in opulent surroundings to improbable fusions of Italian and Jewish cooking, Budapest will tempt every palate. The city's famous "Ruin bars", spas and clubs are just some of a thousand places to relax or have fun.

History and Politics in Budapest

Budapest is a city keen to preserve its long and complex history, from the early Arpads to the Soviet era and to today. You won't be able to see it all. But that's no reason not to try.

Budapest: a cultural pearl in the Danube

Straddling the Danube in central Hungary, Budapest has much to offer the cultural tourist. Perhaps the best time to visit is in April, where you’ll find the Budapest Spring Festival in full swing.
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Bach St Matthew Passion BWV244

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
London Handel Orchestra; Laurence Cummings; Nathan Vale; George Humphreys; Anna Dennis; Alexandra Gibson

Stabat Mater

De Simone: Stabat Mater da Giovanni Sebastiano a Giovanni Battista
Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo; Salvatore Caputo; Chorus of the Teatro di San Carlo

Britten Sinfonia: MacMillan's St Luke Passion

MacMillan: St Luke Passion
Britten Sinfonia; James MacMillan; Britten Sinfonia Voices; Boy Choristers of King's College Choir

SSO Plays at Easter festival in Spain

Caldara: Muerte y Sepultura de Cristo
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; Fabio Biondi; Coro de la ORCAM; Silvia Frigato; Giulia Semenzato; Martina Belli

L'Arpeggiata

Cavalli, Cazzati, Allegri
L'Arpeggiata; Christina Pluhar; Nuria Rial
RECOMMENDED OPERA

Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth
Marc Albrecht; Andrea Breth; Dutch National Opera; Martin Zehetgruber; Scott Hendricks; Tatiana Serjan

Carmen

Bizet: Carmen
Jacques Lacombe; Søren Schuhmacher; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Pier Luigi Samaritani; Elena Tsallagova; Clémentine Margaine

Ernani

Verdi: Ernani
James Levine; Pier Luigi Samaritani; Metropolitan Opera; Peter J. Hall; Angela Meade; Francesco Meli

Don Carlos

Verdi: Don Carlos
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Nicholas Hytner; Metropolitan Opera; Bob Crowley; Barbara Frittoli; Lianna Haroutounian

Giselle

Adam: Giselle
Patrice Bart; Ballett Zürich; Ermanno Florio; Luisa Spinatelli; Philharmonia Zürich
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance's Bayadère - The Ninth Life

Unlocking a fascinating new angle on the legend behind the classical ballet. 
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The Flames of Paris: A feast of dancing

Alexei Ratmansky's The Flames of Paris shows the Bolshoi Ballet in top form at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
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The Tsar’s Bride: a powerhouse of dramatic detail

Rimsky-Korsakov's opera remain rarities outside Russia, but the Bolshoi Opera made The Tsar’s Bride the anchor of this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival programme. 
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Hahn sparkles in a varied programme at Wigmore Hall

With a programme spanning from Bach through Schumann, Cage, all the way to Lera Auerbach and David Lang, Hilary Hahn shows she is on top form alongside pianist Cory Smythe.
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A moving Child Of Our Time in Auckland

A Child Of Our Time brought this year's Auckland Arts Festival to a magnificent finish with its message as universal as it was when first composed. 
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SIBELIUS AND NIELSEN

A look at Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade

An exploration of Nielsen's Maskarade – rarely performed, but Denmark's national opera. 

Celebrating the Wind Music of Carl Nielsen

An exploration of the wind music – concertos and chamber music – of Carl Nielsen.

Sibelius' Symphonies 1 & 2: A violinist’s perspective

An overview of Sibelius' first two symphonies from the perspective of an orchestral violinist. 

Sibelius’ Silence?

On 26th December, 1926, Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphonic Society gave the première of Tapiola, a tone poem depicting the forest spirit of the Kalevala. No-one knew thatTapiola would turn out to be the composer’s last major work...

Nordic twin peaks

An analysis of the Violin Concertos by Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen as we celebrate their 150th anniversaries. 

Sibelius and Nielsen 150: Anniversary Composers

In 2015, we mark the 150th anniversaries of both Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. This month, we are publishing articles about different aspects of their lives and their music.