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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.
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FESTIVAL PREVIEWS

Bach and beyond: BRQ Vantaa Festival

For those visiting southern Finland, the most they will see of Vantaa is the airport. And yet, Helsinki’s smaller neighbour has a lot to offer, especially for classical music lovers.

Savonlinna Opera Festival 2015: in preview

If you’re a lover of medieval castles, perhaps the most spectacular of all opera venues is St Olaf’s Castle in Finland’s Savonlinna. Read our preview of the 2015 season. 

Gregynog Festival in Wales

From June 12 - 28, Gregynog Festival, nestled in the heart of Wales, will bear the colours of the French flag, by putting together a programme on a French revolutionary theme, given by renowned artists.

Bogotá es Mozart: A life-enhancing experience

An astonishing festival of Mozart in Bogotá reaches a life-enhancing climax for our editor as 1300 people squeeze into a church to experience the great composer's music.

Culture in Budapest: Music

From the golden splendour of the State Opera House to the superb acoustics of the Béla Bartók Concert Hall at the Palace of Arts to the hip and cool of the A38 or Aquarium, Budapest has music to suit every ear.

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.

Holland Festival with Pierre Boulez as the centrepiece

“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. 

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

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. 

Ten Symphonies you should hear in 2015

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

From micropolyphonics to barbershops

An exploration of the choral music of the 1960s and 70s by such giants as Stockhausen and Cage, plus a few rarer examples.

Sergei Rachmaninov: a birthday playlist

“Six and a half foot of Russian gloom,” was Igor Stravinsky’s droll quip about his compatriot Sergei Rachmaninov. Here's a birthday playlist mixing a few raarities with some familiar favourites. 

Haydn's Birthday Playlist

Today we celebrate the birthday of the beloved daddy of the symphony, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Take some time to blow the candles with our playlist created by the Bachtrack team. 

Bach's Playlist

Today we celebrate the birthday of J.S. Bach. It hasn't been an easy task to choose only one piece each, but we have put together an intereting selection for you to enjoy it.
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI & Sol Gabetta

Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI; Kirill Karabits; Sol Gabetta

Vaughan Williams, Sibelius

Vaughan Williams, Sibelius
Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard

Symphonic concert

Prokofiev, Ravel, Weinberg
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Jacek Kaspszyk; Leszek Mozdzer

The Dream of the Red ChamberWorld premiere

Smetana, Fekete, Mozart, Bizet
Győr Philharmonic Orchestra; János Kovács; Claudia Yang

Temirkanov conducts Dvorak's Symphony

Berlioz, Rachmaninov, Dvořák
Philharmonia Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov; Daniil Trifonov
RECOMMENDED OPERA

Cavalleria Rusticana / PagliacciNew production

Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Fabio Luisi; David McVicar; Metropolitan Opera; Moritz Junge; Rae Smith; Eva-Maria Westbroek; Marcelo Álvarez

Lohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Donald Runnicles; Kasper Holten; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Steffen Aarfing; Heidi Melton; Petra Lang

Luisa Miller

Verdi: Luisa Miller
Daniele Rustioni; San Carlo Theatre; Elena Moşuc; Nino Surguladze; Michela Antenucci; Luciano Ganci

PaquitaNew production

Minkus: Paquita
Marius Petipa; Joseph Mazilier; Alexei Ratmansky; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul

Shadowland/Neverland

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Drought-laden LA filled with Grimaud's aqueous coloring

Helene Grimaud's recital inside Disney Hall mucially captures and captivates nature's terrene elements with a balance of aqueous colouring and deeply grounded terra firma.
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Haitink and the CSO thrill in Mahler's Seventh

Venerated Dutch maestro leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in one of Mahler's less familiar symphonies
*****
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Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack lead Swan Lake

The much-hyped casting of Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in Washington Ballet’s Swan Lake enticed a remarkably young, diverse and hip crowd into the Eisenhower Theater at Washington's Kennedy Center. 
****1
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“Chopin is here, in the shadows”: Louis Lortie in Sydney

A daring programme of 57 preludes by Chopin, Scriabin and Fauré by Louis Lortie in Sydney. 
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Morera and Muntagirov flood La Fille with spring sunshine

Considering its French title, Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet La Fille mal gardée is quintessentially English. Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov brought the bright spring sunshine from outside to flood the auditorium in delightfully sunny performances.
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FOCUS ON BUDAPEST

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.

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.

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.
SECULAR CHORAL MUSIC

Choral Music: Secular pleasures

Much of the music sung by choirs and choral societies is – naturally enough – sacred in character, so we thought it would be interesting to take a look at secular choral music this spring.

On composing choral music: An interview with Ann Callaway

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

Vaughan Williams and Shakespeare: A heavenly match

Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music is a much loved vocal work that pays tribute to the greatness of Shakespeare. Here, we explore the work's history and its enduring appeal. 
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 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.

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.