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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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FILM MUSIC MONTH

British classical composers writing for film

When ‘talkies’ first started to spread their wings in the mid 1930s, a need for orchestral scores to accompany the increasing visual ambitions of the films was identified. So, who was to write this music?

Scoring Shakespeare: from silent film to modern adaptation

In the late 1890s, Shakespeare's plays became a popular source for films and remained one throughout the 20th century. Here's a brief journey through time and some of the most popular films.

Writing music for silent films

The 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera was on the menu. Except this time it featured music from beginning to end.

Korngold: Music for Hollywood

Korngold was one of the great, if not the greatest, composers for film and his style became synonymous with what came to be expected from a Hollywood film score.

Scoring for Spain: The film music of Alberto Iglesias

The cinematic world consists of two types: those who believe that continually recasting from a favoured coterie of actors can endanger suspension of disbelief, and those who do not. 

Anders Hillborg: a Swedish Superstar

He is Sweden’s internationally most frequently performed composer: Anders Hillborg, whose creative orchestral scores have ignited the foremost orchestras and concert halls on the globe. 

Lights, Camera.... Music: Film Focus

This month, we explore the world of film music and classical composers who have written for film. 
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Symphonic concert

Sibelius, Beethoven
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Hannu Lintu; Sergey Khachatryan

Simone Kermes, Vivica Genaux and Cappella Gabetta

Pollarolo, Vinci, Handel, Hasse, Porpora, Ariosti, Leo, Giacomelli, Bononcini
Simone Kermes; Vivica Genaux; Cappella Gabetta

Shostakovich | Les Dissonances

Schnittke, Doratí, Shostakovich
Les Dissonances; Xavier Phillips

Dohnányi / Dvořák: A Philharmonic Festival

Dvořák
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Christoph von Dohnányi; Alisa Weilerstein
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

In Berlin Claus Guth's Screw turns differently

Claus Guth gives the Staatsoper Berlin a Turn of the Screw unlike any other.
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A charming dance of opposites in Toronto

“Things found here are the opposite of what they are meant to represent,” warned Thomas Dausgaard at the opening of Saturday evening’s performance pairing Beethoven and Nielsen. 
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A near-perfect Manon Lescaut in Munich

Neuenfels' production of Manon Lescaut for the Bayerische Staatsoper is strange but coherent. With a perfect cast and tight musical direction, this is about as good as Puccini opera gets.
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The John Adams Playlist

In an innovative concert experience, John Adams curated a night of living composers to shine the spotlight on his favorite new works, answering the question: “Who’s on John Adams’ playlist?”
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RECOMMENDED OPERA

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Op.29

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
James Conlon; Graham Vick; Metropolitan Opera; Paul Brown; Eva-Maria Westbroek; Brandon Jovanovich

Makropulos Affair

Janáček: Makropulos Affair
Marko Ivanović; David Radok; Janáček National Theatre Brno; Gitta-Maria Sjöberg; Eva Štěrbová; Aleš Briscein

Manon LescautNew production

Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Alain Altinoglu; Hans Neuenfels; Bavarian State Opera; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; Stefan Mayer; Kristīne Opolais; Okka von der Damerau

Khovanshchina

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina
Simon Hewett; Andrea Moses; Unknown; Rebecca von Lipinski; Catriona Smith; Christianne Stotijn
Sasha Walz' Faune at Berlin Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
Sasha Walz' Faune at Berlin Staatsoper Berlin
Bernd Uhlig
CONSERVATOIRE FOCUS

The shape of success: life beyond a music degree

Last week, I had the strange, exciting, and enjoyable experience of seeing my student days from the other side of the fence. Nine years after graduating from the University of Nottingham, first with a BA(Hons) and then a Masters in Music, I found myself back in the lecture theatre where I’d attended countless classes – only now I was the one doing the talking

The Juilliard School

We spoke to the Juilliard School in New York about how they prepare their students for life after graduation.

Sydney Conservatorium

The Sydney Conservatorium tell us how they equip their students for the professional world.

Royal Academy of Music

Bachtrack asks the Royal Academy of Music how they prepare their students for the professional world as part of our focus on Conservatoires.

Le CNSMD de Paris

Les Conservatoires jouent un rôle fondamental dans le développement et le rayonnement de la musique classique à travers le monde. Nous avons demandé au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris la façon dont ils préparent leurs étudiants à une carrière professionnelle dans le domaine musical.
Batsheva © Stephanie Berger
Batsheva
Stephanie Berger
CONTEMPORARY MONTH INTERVIEWS

Questions for Colin Matthews

This October, Bachtrack has gone all contemporary. We got in touch with composer Colin Matthews to find out more about his music, his artistic vision and his life's work.

Joby Talbot

As part our Contemporary Month, we asked Joby Talbot about his writing for the stage - two full length ballets and his first opera - and how collaborations with choreographers and librettists work, in particular.

Julian Anderson

Julian Anderson is one of the UK's most successful and widely acclaimed composers today. We got in touch to find out more about his music and artistic vision. 

Wayne McGregor

Ahead of the performances of Outlier as part of Sadler's Wellsupcoming See the Music, Hear the Dance, Wayne McGregor talked to us of his musical choices, feelings about Adès' music, and his choreographic process.

Inspirations, aspirations and the new PARK

Jasmin Vardimon talks to Bachtrack's Dance Editor about her new production of PARK, which tours the UK this Autumn. She also opens up about her vsion for dance, the power of performance, and the exciting developments of her new home in Ashford

David Lang: Music for Dance and Film

This October, Bachtrack is speaking to composers and choreographers around the world about their music, their artistic approach and everything contemporary. Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang kindly answered our call and gave us his own unique insight.

Pontus Lidberg: On Music for Dance

As part of our Contemporary focus, I spoke to Swedish filmmaker, choreographer and dancer Pontus Lidberg, about his musical choices and his collaborations with contemporary composers. An intimate conversation with a leading voice in contemporary dance.

Crystal Pite

Ahead of the première of her new pièce, for 64 dancers, set to Thomas Adès' Polaris Crystal Pite talked to us of her musical choices, and her choreographic process.