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We have opened the 2014 Competition to find the World's Favourite Orchestra. Vote now!
We have opened the 2014 Competition to find the World's Favourite Orchestra. Vote now!
September 2014
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The Palace of Arts, Budapest

Amongst all the renovation in Budapest, the Palace of Arts stands out: nearing its 10th birthday, it welcomes nearly half a million visitors a year to over a thousand events.

LSO tell us why they should be WFO 2014!

Leading orchestra LSO sums up why it deserves to be crowned the World's Favourite Orchestra.

BSO bid for your votes to win WFO

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra tell us what makes them so uniquely special to deserve the title of World's Favourite Orchestra 2014.

Royal Concertgebouw bid for your WFO vote

The esteemed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra sum up why they deserve to win the title of World's Favourite Orchestra!

RPO's bid for WFO glory

"Our diversity is our strength" RPO reason why they should be the World's Favourite Orchestra!

Gothenburg Symphony bid to become the WFO

The distinguished Gothenburg Symohony tell you why they deserve your votes to win the World's Favourite Orchestra!

Is the Brussels Phil the World's Favourite?

Belgium's oldest orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, bid for your vote to become the World's Favourite Orchestra!

Pearl Fishers, Firebirds and Farewells in Turin

Although the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (OSN Rai) is a relative newcomer on the orchestral scene, it was born out of the merger of four radio orchestras (Turin, Rome, Milan and Naples).
LA Opera's La traviata © Craig Mathew
LA Opera's La traviata
Craig Mathew
Reviewed in London

A visceral Otello at ENO

“Beware, my Lord, of jealousy” warns Iago, planting the seed of doubt in Otello’s mind. Beware, too, the dangers of preconceptions. Keen anticipation of this new production of Verdi’s Otello was tempered by the prospect of David Alden as director.
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Recommended in Paris

Rachmaninov/ Dumbraveanu, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky

Rachmaninov, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky
Orchestre National de France; Kristjan Järvi; Fazil Say
Recommended in Bonn

Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle 2

Stravinsky, Beethoven, Schoenberg
Mahler Chamber Orchestra; WDR Rundfunkchor Köln; Leif Ove Andsnes
Reviewed in Sydney

Torleif Thedéen guests in Sydney

The chances to hear two recitals on consecutive nights, featuring exceptional artists of international renown in the friendly environment and outstanding acoustics of the City Recital Hall are akin to winning a (musical) lottery in Sydney.
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Recommended in Edinburgh

Russian Classics

Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Shostakovich
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Donald Runnicles; Barry Douglas
Recommended in Stockholm

Janine Jansen and Torleif Thedéen play Brahms Double Concerto

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Janine Jansen; Torleif Thedéen
Reviewed in Vienna

Pettibon debuts as Massenet's Manon

Patricia Petibon manages to portray an absolutely charming Manon. She spans the space between innocence and worldliness and remains consistently energetic and delightful. 
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Recommended in New York


Bizet: Carmen
Pablo Heras-Casado; Richard Eyre; Metropolitan Opera; Louis Langrée; Rob Howell; Anita Hartig
Recommended in London

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Bach, Beethoven, Liszt
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Amalia Vairelli in Olivier Saillard's Models never talk © Giovanni Gianonni
Amalia Vairelli in Olivier Saillard's Models never talk
Giovanni Gianonni
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Shamelessly, age-defyingly garish: La Fille du régiment

Franco Zeffirelli's Palermo La Fille du régiment wears its 55 years with style and elegance, lifted by outstanding singing from Desirée Rancatore and Celso Albelo.
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A fitting close to the Proms season

Sakari Oramo takes the reins for his first Last Night of the Proms, alongside dazzling violinist Janine Jansen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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Figaro kick-starts new season at Teatro Real

A classical setting and a varying degree of vocal and dramatic success for Mozart's miraculous score to Le nozze di Figaro.
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Baroque Inquisition: Florilegium

Founded in 1991, Florilegium quickly established a reputation as a versatile ensemble, tackling anything from intimate chamber works to big choral repertoire. Flautist and recorder player Ashley Solomon co-founded the ensemble and is the group’s director. He agreed to take up the challenge of our Baroque Inquisition.

Baroque Inquisition: Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra is probably best known outside its home city of Birmingham for its performances and recordings of Latin American Baroque and French Baroque music, but it is an ensemble which performs repertoire from the Renaissance to Stockhausen, and commissions new choral music. General Manager of Ex Cathedra, Peter Trethewey, answers our Baroque Inquisition.

Baroque Inquisition: Freiburger Barockorchester

The Freiburger Barockorchester (Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) is was founded in 1987, with the mission statement: "to enliven the world of Baroque music with new sounds". Managing Director Hans-Georg Kaiser answers our Baroque Inquisition.
Featured Interview

San Francisco Ballet's Helgi Tomasson

While in Paris with for Les Etes de la Danse, Helgi Tomasson talked to Bachtrack of his choreography, artistic vision, inspirations and aspirations. An intimate portrait of San Francisco Ballet's Artistic Director, interviewed by Laurine Mortha.
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Baroque Portrait: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

If I’m feeling a bit down, and in need of a quick pick-me-up, my musical drug of choice is Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F major. After just a few bars of that cheerfully busy theme, I’ll be starting to smile, and by the time the trumpet starts its insane trilling my spirits are well and truly lifted. 
Opera Portrait

Falstaff: His enduring appeal

Few operatic characters straddle the operatic stage larger than Sir John Falstaff. Read our in depth 'opera portrait' on Verdi's Falstaff as well as some of his other guises. 
Opera Portrait

From Russia with love...

If you regularly listen to classical music radio stations, or go to concerts, you’ll almost certainly have heard excerpts from Russian opera, but these are just a taster and, if you get a chance, its well worth sampling the full package.