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NEWSFLASH

Bachtrack is now in Spanish

A year after going multilingual, Bachtrack.com has just added its fourth language: English, French and German have now been joined by Spanish. We’ve taken the opportunity to make some changes to the site.

2014 Classical music statistics: A changing of the guard

Each January, Bachtrack publishes statistics for its listings for the year just ended. Who are the most performed composers? The busiest orchestras? The most popular operas?

Preview: Handel Halle Festival

The German city of Halle is a place of pilgrimage for all Handel devotees – the composer was born there in 1685 and the Handel House is now a much-visited museum. 

Preview: Hong Kong Arts Festival

The Hong Kong Arts Festival celebrates its 43rd festival in 2015 with a programme which features many star quality international performers, whilst promoting local creative talent.

Dudamel and Bolívar Symphony in Madrid

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony bring Beethoven and Wagner to Madrid and fill the hall with vitality.
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"Each of us must one day die" in Zurich Ballet's  Das siebte blau Part of Strings © Gregory Batardon
"Each of us must one day die" in Zurich Ballet's Das siebte blau Part of Strings
Gregory Batardon

StringsWorld première

Lazar, Berio, Various
Edward Clug; Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Philharmonia Zürich

Guillaume Tell in Munich has no heroes

Both the music and the plot are heavily revised in Nunes' imagining of Rossini's final opera. But great performances and a coherent concept earned this unusual production a well-deserved standing ovation.
****1
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Cage and Time: an intriguing multimedia experience

Where lies the boundary between musical performance and performance art? With more and more musicians choosing to incorporate digital or multimedia elements into their performances, concerts are increasingly defying easy categorisation.
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NYC outing for Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn

  Iván Fischer has distinguished himself as a conductor with inimitable listening skills; he truly has an ear for which sounds should be coming from where and how the sounds of each member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra should be arranged in space. 
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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. 

Dusting down Il viaggio a Reims

Director Michieletto’s playful staging, Stefano Montanari’s expressive conducting and stylish singing from a cast of seasoned Rossinian singers make for a thoroughly enjoyable new production of the too rare Il viaggio a Reims at the Dutch National Opera.
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Lis(z)tmania: More 2014 statistics

In the wake of the publicity surrounding our annual statistics round-up, we've been inundated with requests for more information here at Bachtrack Headquarters! So who was the busiest violinist? The most active opera chorus?
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Ravel, Bartók, Sibelius, Strauss

Ravel, Bartók, Sibelius, Strauss R.
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Sibelius, Nielsen, Tchaikovsky

Sibelius, Nielsen, Tchaikovsky
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Marina Piccinini

Opening concert

Schubert, Dvořák, Glière, Rachmaninov
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenárd; Emmanuel Ceysson; Inva Mula

CHINA here - Concertgebouw Orchestra and Tan Dun

Debussy, Dun
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Tan Dun; Olivier Patey; Petra van der Heide; Dominic Seldis

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass; Riccardo Muti; Yefim Bronfman

Vasks, Nielsen, Bruckner

Vasks, Nielsen, Bruckner
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Daniela Koch
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

Jenůfa

Janáček: Jenůfa
Sylvain Cambreling; Calixto Bieito; Susanne Gschwender; Ingo Krügler; Rebecca von Lipinski; Lauryna Bendžiūnaitė

Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Paolo Carignani; Olivier Py; Bavarian State Opera; Pierre-André Weitz; Anja Harteros; Anna Smirnova

Il viaggio a Reims

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims
Stefano Montanari; Damiano Michieletto; Dutch National Opera; Carla Teti; Paolo Fantin; Nino Machaidze; Eleonora Buratto

Merry Wives of Windsor, The (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)

Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor, The (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)
Christian Zacharias; David Hermann; Opéra Royal de Wallonie; Ariane Isabel Unfried; Rifail Ajdarpasic; Anneke Luyten; Sophie Junker

Tristan and Isolde

Wagner: Tristan and Isolde
John Helmer Fiore; Claus Guth; Zurich Opera; Christian Schmidt; Nina Stemme; Stephen Gould

Lady Macbeth of MtsenskNew production

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Donald Runnicles; Ole Anders Tandberg; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Erlend Birkeland; Maria Geber; Evelyn Herlitzius; Dana Beth Miller
The Mariinsky Ballet's Swan Lake comes to BAM in New York © Jack Vartoogian
The Mariinsky Ballet's Swan Lake comes to BAM in New York
Jack Vartoogian

The eternal optimist: Grigolo’s Hoffmann

The Metropolitan Opera’s five-year old production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann returned to the repertoire with a remarkable undertaking of the title role by Vittorio Grigolo.
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Grotesque, gritty Die Soldaten at La Scala

Tonight's setting of Die Soldaten in a WWI stable is so sordid you can almost feel the rats gnawing. Alvis Hermanis was right to warn in a newspaper interview that we would leave the theatre feeling shocked.
***11
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Going Shakespearean at the Roundhouse

Former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd imparts a distinctly Shakespearean flavour to Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in this first collaboration between the Royal Opera and the Roundhouse.
****1
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Discovering Karl Goldmark

It is strange to think that in 1894, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced that “ever since 1875 Goldmark has been recognized as the only thoroughly successful German opera composer since Richard Wagner”.