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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival: time reveals its secrets

We spend countless hours agonising about time: how to spend time, how to save time, how time catches up – and overtakes – us. Time is a thread which runs through the 2015 Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and it fascinates Vladimir Mendelssohn, Artistic Director since August 2005. 

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.

Nordic twin peaks

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

Strings to its bow: the changing face of the violin

“When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you’re telling a story.”Joshua Bell, one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, highlights the extreme beauty of this most versatile instrument. 

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. 

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.
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

The gracious magician: Ton Koopman in Bach

Ton Koopman's distinctively lively tempi, coupled with a contagious delight to be making music, has a fairly magnetic effect when conducting Bach's Mass in B minor.
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Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi outstanding in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Tosca © Todd Rosenberg
Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi outstanding in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Tosca
Todd Rosenberg

Striking Lindberg the highlight from the LPO

Magnus Lindberg's first work for solo voice proves an important new contribution to the genre, while Debussy, Wagner and Scriabin lack magic.
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Marie-Nicole Lemieux dominates as Dalila

Marie-Nicole Lemieux tackles Saint-Saëns' Dalila for the first time and exceeds all expectations. 
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Whoops for Haydn with Quatuor Ebène

Quatuor Ebène delight a Queen's Hall audience with Haydn, Dutilleux and Brahms.
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STRAVINSKY MARATHON IN BUDAPEST

Stravinsky Marathon - Concerto in D, Apollon musagète

Stravinsky
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra; János Rolla

Stravinsky Marathon

Stravinsky: Histoire du soldat
Zsolt Jankó; Musicians from the Budapest Festival Orchestra; Róbert Alföldi

Stravinsky Marathon

Stravinsky
MAV Symphony Orchestra; Peter Csaba; Barnabás Kelemen
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Labèque sisters perform Mozart's double concerto with RCO

Mozart, Strauss R.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque

Orquesta Nacional de España

Wagner, Muhly, Sibelius
Orquesta Nacional de España; Nicholas Collon; Ekaterina Metlova; Nadia Sirota

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Lisa Batiashvili

Rouse, Barber, Rachmaninov
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; David Zinman; Lisa Batiashvili

National Orchestra of BelgiumWorld première

Tüür, Beethoven, Nielsen
National Orchestra of Belgium; Arvo Volmer; Alexei Volodin

Cappella Amsterdam: FAMA - Furrer

Ligeti, Živković, Furrer
Christian Karlsen; Cappella Amsterdam; Asko|Schönberg; Mira Tscherne; Eva Furrer

Czech Legend

Adámek, Schulhoff, Dvořák, Janáček
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden - Freiburg; Lothar Zagrosek; Olli Mustonen
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

Iolanta / Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Tchaikovsky, Bartók
Valery Gergiev; Mariusz Treliński; Metropolitan Opera; Pavel Smelkov; Marek Adamski; Boris Kudlicka; Anna Netrebko

Lucia di LammermoorNew production

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Kirill Petrenko; Barbara Wysocka; Bavarian State Opera; Stefano Ranzani; Barbara Hanicka; Julia Kornacka; Diana Damrau

Norma

Bellini: Norma
Fabio Luisi; Robert Wilson; Zurich Opera; Stephanie Engeln; Moidele Bickel; Judith Schmid; Maria Agresta

A Flowering Tree

Adams: A Flowering Tree
Joana Carneiro; Nicola Raab; Göteborg Opera; George Souglides; Julia Sporsen; Eric Fennell

Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Axel Kober; Kirsten Harms; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Bernd Damovsky; Petra Maria Schnitzer

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
Depth of talent that's hard to believe in the Mariinsky"s Chopiniana © Julieta Cervantes
Depth of talent that's hard to believe in the Mariinsky"s Chopiniana
Julieta Cervantes

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?

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”.