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Bachtrack is your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. Browse for some of the 12,000 upcoming events in our database, look for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we write each month across the world. Learn about world trends in music and get tips on the opera and ballet stars of tomorrow.
December 2014
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Jewel in the Crown: the Prague Spring Festival

Among Prague’s nicknames is the soubriquet “the crown of the world”.  The Prague Spring International Music Festival is certainly a jewel in that crown. 

New instrument: The Omniwerk

Bachtrack discovers the remarkable omniwerk and finds out more about the new instrument's construction and sound. 
Celebrate Sibelius' big birthday. Enter our Christmas quiz to win this AMAZING set of CDs!
Celebrate Sibelius' big birthday. Enter our Christmas quiz to win this AMAZING set of CDs!

A mesmeric Mahler Sixth in Gothenburg

In Jukka-Pekka Saraste's hands, Mahler's Sixth Symphony is an unrelenting work which left the audience gasping for air at its stunning conclusion.
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Galliano and Demarquette enthrall Paris audience

Paris and accordions have a very unique relationship, almost “Marmite” in nature: tourists love it, locals hate it.
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A riveting Messiah in Cleveland

Can a Handel's well-worn masterpiece get dramatic new life? Cleveland's Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire and conductor Jeannette Sorrell answer with a definitive, “Yes!”
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JS Bach Christmas Oratorio

Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248
Sinfonietta Rīga; Mārtiņš Klišāns; Elīna Šimkus; Zanda Svede; Mati Turi; Pauls Putnins

Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky

Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Juanjo Mena; Daniil Trifonov

Messiah by candlelight

Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
Brandenburg Sinfonia; Robert Porter; Brandenburg Festival Chorus

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Symphony Orchestra of Milan Giuseppe Verdi; Erina Gambarini; Symphonic Choir of Milan Giuseppe Verdi; Oleg Caetani

Beethoven: Sinfonie Nr. 9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Marek Janowski; Anja Kampe; Silvia Hablowetz; Dominik Wortig; Juha Uusitalo

New Year's Eve Concert

Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Jacek Kaspszyk; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Aga Mikolaj; Inga Poskute; Aleksandra Kubas


Prokofiev: Cinderella
Christopher Wheeldon; Dutch National Ballet

Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Sir Andrew Davis; Richard Jones; Metropolitan Opera; John Macfarlane; Ying Fang; Michaela Martens

Nutcracker, The

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Boston Ballet; Jonathan McPhee; Boston Ballet Orchestra

Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Donald Runnicles; Andreas Homoki; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Wolfgang Gussmann; Elbenita Kajtazi; Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
John Neumeier; Bavarian State Ballet; Michael Schmidtsdorff; Bavarian State Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Silver screen scores in the concert hall

Orchestras increasingly perform concerts of film music and we were interested to discover how popular these were and if their approach to playing – and recording – such music is in any way different to standard concert repertoire.

British classical composers writing for film

When ‘talkies’ first started to spread their wings in the mid 1930s, a need for orchestral scores to accompany the increasing visual ambitions of the films was identified. So, who was to write this music?

Writing music for silent films

The 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera was on the menu. Except this time it featured music from beginning to end.

Scoring psychological portraits: Herrmann and Hitchcock

Herrmann’s core philosophy of scoring film music was not to provide music to accompany the action of the film, but rather to paint a psychological portrait or arouse a compelling atmosphere.

Scoring Shakespeare: from silent film to modern adaptation

In the late 1890s, Shakespeare's plays became a popular source for films and remained one throughout the 20th century. Here's a brief journey through time and some of the most popular films.

Scoring for Spain: The film music of Alberto Iglesias

The cinematic world consists of two types: those who believe that continually recasting from a favoured coterie of actors can endanger suspension of disbelief, and those who do not. 

Italian Cinema and the age of Nino Rota

Rota's film scores repeatedly found the right colour against which his directors' images could dazzle.

Korngold: Music for Hollywood

Korngold was one of the great, if not the greatest, composers for film and his style became synonymous with what came to be expected from a Hollywood film score.

Movie Music à la française

In the “A to Z” of classical French film composers of the past one hundred years, the names Ibert, Milhaud, the two Georges (Auric and Delerue) and les deux Maurices (Jaubert and Jarre) stand out. 
San Francisco Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Nutcracker
Erik Tomasson
Casse Noisette at Opéra National de Paris © Sébastien Mathé
Casse Noisette at Opéra National de Paris
Sébastien Mathé

What we wished conservatoires had taught us

What is life like for music graduates seeking to carve out a career in the profession? We collated responses to our Graduate Survey.

The shape of success: life beyond a music degree

Last week, I had the strange, exciting, and enjoyable experience of seeing my student days from the other side of the fence. Nine years after graduating from the University of Nottingham, first with a BA(Hons) and then a Masters in Music, I found myself back in the lecture theatre where I’d attended countless classes – only now I was the one doing the talking

Anders Hillborg: a Swedish Superstar

He is Sweden’s internationally most frequently performed composer: Anders Hillborg, whose creative orchestral scores have ignited the foremost orchestras and concert halls on the globe. 

Questions for Colin Matthews

This October, Bachtrack has gone all contemporary. We got in touch with composer Colin Matthews to find out more about his music, his artistic vision and his life's work.

Wayne McGregor

Ahead of the performances of Outlier as part of Sadler's Wellsupcoming See the Music, Hear the Dance, Wayne McGregor talked to us of his musical choices, feelings about Adès' music, and his choreographic process.

Inspirations, aspirations and the new PARK

Jasmin Vardimon talks to Bachtrack's Dance Editor about her new production of PARK, which tours the UK this Autumn. She also opens up about her vsion for dance, the power of performance, and the exciting developments of her new home in Ashford

Joby Talbot

As part our Contemporary Month, we asked Joby Talbot about his writing for the stage - two full length ballets and his first opera - and how collaborations with choreographers and librettists work, in particular.

David Lang: Music for Dance and Film

This October, Bachtrack is speaking to composers and choreographers around the world about their music, their artistic approach and everything contemporary. Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang kindly answered our call and gave us his own unique insight.

Pontus Lidberg: On Music for Dance

As part of our Contemporary focus, I spoke to Swedish filmmaker, choreographer and dancer Pontus Lidberg, about his musical choices and his collaborations with contemporary composers. An intimate conversation with a leading voice in contemporary dance.

Julian Anderson

Julian Anderson is one of the UK's most successful and widely acclaimed composers today. We got in touch to find out more about his music and artistic vision. 

Crystal Pite

Ahead of the première of her new pièce, for 64 dancers, set to Thomas Adès' Polaris Crystal Pite talked to us of her musical choices, and her choreographic process.