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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.

Pierre Boulez the centrepiece of the 2015 Holland Festival

“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. 
FOCUS ON BUDAPEST

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.

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.

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.
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Beethoven, Berlioz, and Adès

Beethoven, Berlioz, Adès
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Christianne Stotijn; Simon Keenlyside

Sibelius Symphony no. 2

Britten, Shostakovich, Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas; Yuja Wang

La Philharmonie de Paris

Xenakis, Webern, Stravinsky
Brussels Philharmonic; Michel Tabachnik; Unknown

Collegium 1704

Zelenka
Collegium 1704; Václav Luks; Alena Hellerová; Kamila Mazalová; Václav Cizek; Tomas Kral

Joyce DiDonato Perspectives

Muhly, Beethoven, Rachmaninov
Philadelphia Orchestra; Maurizio Benini; Nicole Cabell; Joyce DiDonato; Lawrence Brownlee
RECOMMENDED OPERA

Cinderella

Prokofiev: Cinderella
Christopher Wheeldon; Dutch National Ballet; Julian Crouch

Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
Mihály Menelaos Zeke; Benoît Lambert; Opéra de Dijon; Antoine Franchet; Violaine L Chartier; Young Soloists of the Academie de Dijon Opera

Doctor Atomic

Adams: Doctor Atomic
Pedro Halffter; Yuval Sharon; Jessica Rivera; Lee Poulis; Coro Femenino de la AA del Teatro de la Maestranza; Real Orquesta Sínfonica de Sevilla

La rondineNew production

Puccini: La rondine
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli; Rolando Villazón; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Johannes Leiacker; Alexandra Hutton; Dinara Alieva; Stephanie Lauricella

Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Maurizio Benini; Mary Zimmermann; Metropolitan Opera; Mara Blumenfeld; Daniel Ostling; Albina Shagimuratova; Joseph Calleja
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Polished stagecraft still wields its magic

A fine cast and orchestra revive Simon McBurney’s twilit, inventive Magic Flute at Dutch National Opera.
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La Juive at Wiener Staatsoper

Those who are able would be wise to scare up a ticket for Shicoff’s swansong – it would be a shame to miss an historic performance. 
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A bizarre ride: Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland

Unsuk Chin's opera Alice in Wonderland is performed by the Los Angeles Philarharmonic, conducted by Susanna Mälkki. This is no Disney movie! 
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Antonii Baryshevskyi: an impressive Wigmore Hall debut

Antonii Baryshevskyi, winner of the Arthur Rubenstein Compeition, made an impressive Wigmore Hall debut in a performance which combined pristine technical facility and consummate musicality in a challenging and highly varied programme.
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Classical epiphanies: Sir András Schiff in Vancouver

Sir András Schiff delights Vancouver in the nuances of late sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. 
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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' Symphonies 1 & 2: A violinist’s perspective

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

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.