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Cultural Landscapes: Istanbul Music Festival

The cultural stepping stone between Europe and the Middle East, Istanbul, with its stunning Byzantine architecture, continues to entrance visitors. Founded in 1973, the Istanbul Music Festival originally began as a classical music festival, but has expanded its horizons.

A look at Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade

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

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.

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.
SIBELIUS AND NIELSEN

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

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

Nordic twin peaks

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

Celebrating the Wind Music of Carl Nielsen

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

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...

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.
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Opening concert: André Campra – L’Europe Galante

Campra: L'Europe galante
Capriccio Stravagante; Hana Blazikova; Maartje Rammeloo; Reinoud Van Mechelen

Symphonic concert

Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Marek Pijarowski; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Margarita Nekrasova; Henryk Wojnarowski

Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland Multimedia staging by Netia Jones (UK Premiere)

Chin: Alice in Wonderland
Baldur Brönnimann; Netia Jones; Rachele Gilmore; Marie Arnet; Jenni Bank; Jane Henschel

Janine Jansen and Antonio Pappano with orchestra of Santa Cecilia

Dukas, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Sir Antonio Pappano; Janine Jansen

Les Siècles

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, choral symphony, Op.17
Ensemble Les Siècles; François-Xavier Roth; Isabelle Druet; Jean François Borras; Choeur Aedes
RECOMMENDED OPERA

El Publico

Sotelo: El Publico
Pablo Heras-Casado; Robert Castro; Teatro Real; Wojciech Dziedzic; Alexander Polzin; José Antonio López; Gun-Brit Barkmin

Pelléas and Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas and Mélisande
Daniel Harding; Sophie Karthäuser; Katja Stuber; Wiebke Lehmkuhl; Christian Gerhaher

The Lady of Camellias

The Lady of Camellias
Val Caniparoli; Boston Ballet; Jonathan McPhee; Boston Ballet Orchestra

Charles Dutoit conducts Szymanowski's King Roger

Szymanowski: King Roger, (Król Roger) Op.46
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Charles Dutoit; Mariusz Kwiecień; Olga Pasichnyk; Yvonne Naef; Štefan Margita

Rote LaterneWorld première

Jost: Rote Laterne (Red Lantern)
Alain Altinoglu; Nadja Loschky; Zurich Opera; Reinhard von der Thannen; Ivana Rusko; Marlis Petersen
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Opera under the sand: captivating El Público

Mauricio Sotelo's world première based on El Público, a fascinating surrealist play by Federico García Lorca, mixed flamenco and tragedy to achieve a great night of opera. 
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Theatre of Voices stupefies with Stockhausen’s Stimmung

Composed for six amplified voices, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seldom performed Stimmung evokes a meditative atmosphere through esoteric mysticism and complex serial methods of aleatoric construction.
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A Verdian feast in La Scala's full fat Aida

With elegant sets and superlative musicianship, Verdi came to life in the House where he is revered most. This musical feast will have us licking our lips for some time yet.
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Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at the ROH

With its latest incarnation of Die Zauberflöte, the Royal Opera ticks all the boxes in a strongly cast revival. 
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A ravishingly entertaining Semele alights in Seattle

Handel's sensual tragicomedy comes to dazzling life in Seattle Opera's first-ever staging of Semele, a new production directed by Tomer Zvulun.
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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 site changes: now in Spanish

A year after going multilingual, Bachtrack.com has just added its fourth language: Spanish. Read on to make sure you don't lose any of the features you prize most.

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.

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”.

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.