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Creating the moment: Markus Stenz

Ahead of his live-streamed performance of Beethoven's Ninth with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, we caught up with conductor Markus Stenz. 
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Big emotions: The 2017 ARD Music Competition

Competitions entail deep feelings, but on top you will get raw fear, greed, wrath, pride, and heartfelt relief. Benedikt Zacher watched the Violin Finals and met the two winners of the 2nd prize: Sarah Christian and Andrea Obiso.
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Witnessing history: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Before launching his series Voices of Revolution with the Philharmonia Orchestra to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Ashkenazy recalls his experiences as a young Soviet pianist, his memories of Shostakovich and his witnessing history in the making.
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Bernstein 100: the LSO’s tribute to a big-hearted man

The LSO celebrates Bernstein's genius with a series of concerts this led by newly installed Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle, and by Bernstein protégé, Marin Alsop.
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Wagner and more in Müpa’s new season

Since 2006, the annual Budapest Wagner Days has quietly been growing into a major force for dedicated Wagnerites, the highlight of Müpa’s season.
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Rare gems and Baroque giants in Valletta

For five editions now, the island of Malta has played host to the Valletta International Baroque Festival, bringing together the Baroque beauty of venues in the capital city with the best music from the period. 

Totally Epic: Sibelius and the Kalevala

Jean Sibelius frequently looked to the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, for inspiration. Here, we look at how it figured in his music. 

Q&A: Lisa Smirnova

Austrian-Russian pianist Lisa Smirnova features in the London Piano Festival at Kings Place this October. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A.

Q&A: Lise Davidsen

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen made a huge impact on the operatic world in the summer of 2015. We caught up with her ahead of her season as Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Soviet composers in the late 20th century

The list of great Soviet composers over the last hundred years will always bring out the big names, but what about those unsung heroes of the late 20th century whose music captures the mood of a generation?
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Russian Composers and History

In attempting to cement a sense of Russian identity through music, the nation's composers looked to history for inspiration. 
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Disentangling truth from propaganda: Leningrad

Many stories have been told about the genesis of the Leningrad Symphony, not least by Shostakovich himself and his many friends. 
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Music of the Russian Revolution

When the Bolshevik Revolution and subsequent civil war smashed through Russian society a hundred years ago, the close links between Russian and European music, and between Russian art, music and literature were shattered, and a new artistic world had to be built on what was left.
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Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

The person responsible for the explosion of ballet across the world in the twentieth century wasn’t a dancer. He wasn’t a choreographer either. Nor was he a musician or a composer. He wasn’t even very rich.
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Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the Ugly Duckling of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was the second in the trilogy, completed in 1889, but has neither the dramatic thrust of Swan Lake nor the calorific sugar-coated charm of The Nutcracker in terms of popular appeal. 
Russian festival in Rotterdam

Guide to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival

Rotterdam festival
Find out about the Russian connection in Rotterdam with the Rotterdam Philharmonic's Gergiev Festival this month! Click here.
Russian festival in Cardiff

From Russia to Cardiff: Russian Revolution in Wales

As we hurtle towards October and the centenary of the Russian Revolution, 18 organisations in Wales have banded together in a show of artistic muscle to mark the anniversary. 
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Postcard from St Petersburg

With great music, exceptional palaces and unique architecture, if you have any pretensions to knowing the great cities of the world, Saint Petersburg just has to be on your bucket list.
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Art as propaganda: Eisenstein and Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev composed scores for six films, as well as for two that were never made. We look at his collaboration with Sergei Eisenstein in the lead-up to the start of World War II.
The Bergen Philharmonic performs Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin suite
Gürzenich Orchestra performs Bruckner's
Symphony no. 8 in C minor.
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra performs Elgar's Enigma Variations
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic performs Korngold's Violin Concerto in D major
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AFTER RENOVATIONS SUNTORY HALL RE-OPENS WITH FESTIVALS:

Blue Roses in Suntory Hall's Chamber Music Garden

Most classical music fans would associate Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its symphonic hall and its great acoustics, but in fact, the venue also has a beautiful wood-panelled chamber music hall named “Blue Rose”.

Wealth of jewels at Toyko's Suntory Hall

Four of the world's great orchestras are all set to celebrate cornerstones of their repertoire in the fabled acoustic of the recently renovated Suntory Hall.
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LondonStravinsky

Stravinsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

Saffron WaldenOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: The Judas Passion

Beamish: The Judas Passion
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

AmsterdamMarkus Stenz conducts Beethoven's Symphony no. 9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Markus Stenz; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); Aga Mikolaj; Kristina Hammarström; Zoltán Nyári

BonnPiano fantasies: Haydn, Beethoven & Ries

Haydn, Ries, Beethoven
Ronald Brautigam, Piano

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: To the limits

Britten, Silvestrov, Janáček
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Jan Vogler
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ZürichEugene OneginNew Production

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Stanislav Kochanovsky; Barrie Kosky; Zurich Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Peter Mattei; Olga Bezsmertna

BudapestMozart: Don Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Iván Fischer; Laura Aikin; Lucy Crowe; Christopher Maltman; José Fardilha

MilanTamerlano

Handel: Tamerlano
Diego Fasolis; Davide Livermore; Teatro alla Scala; Mariana Fracasso; Maria Grazia Schiavo; Franco Fagioli

ZürichSalome

Strauss R.: Salome
Ulf Schirmer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Catherine Naglestad; Doris Soffel

ToulouseTiefland (Lowland)New production

d'Albert: Tiefland (Lowland)
Claus Peter Flor; Walter Sutcliffe; Théâtre du Capitole; Alfonso Caiani; Kaspar Glarner; Markus Brück
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Supersized, superhuman Stravinsky from Rattle and the LSO

Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring in one evening: superb, unforgettable storytelling.
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Asmik Grigorian returns to Stockholm as a moving Manon Lescaut

The Lithuanian soprano makes a most welcome return to the Kungliga Operan as one of the most tragic and beloved of Puccini's heroines. 
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Twyla Tharp is Still Twirling

Watching Twyla Tharp move now is a reminder of how much she has affected the landscape of dance during her lifetime.
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Sleepless in Gateshead: Lars Vogt's lively Goldbergs

Lars Vogt takes to the stage of Hall One at Sage Gateshead for some impromptu keyboard practice.
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Pulsating and poetic: Akram Khan’s Giselle returns

Poetry infuses Tamara Rojo’s every step as Giselle in Akram Khan contemporary update of a ballet classic. 
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The Grand Théâtre de Genève 2017-8 Season

The Grand Théâtre de Genève's 2017-2018 season offers eleven operas, including four new productions, three ballets, eight concerts and recitals.
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The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

It’s common knowledge that Louis XIV developed the foundations of classical ballet in the late 17th century, during his long and rather extraordinary reign as King of France. But was the French King the true mastermind of ballet technique? 
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The influence of Italian virtuosity on Russian Ballet

From the courts of Italy during the Renaissance to the grandeur of the Russian Imperial Ballet, discover more about the influence of italian virtuosity on Russian ballet
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Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

Origins: from the Royal court of Louis XIV to neoclassicism.  The Paris Opera Ballet company has a long-standing History, dating back to 1662, and the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse by Louis XIV. At the time, the Academy’s mission was to develop the theatrical dance style performed in court, which noblemen and the King himself took part in.
Film music feature

A Flight Through the Music of Joe Hisaishi

As part of our film and game music month, we go deep into the work of Joe Hisaishi, the composer behind Studio Ghibli's best-loved scores.
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John Williams and his early aesthetic

A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld
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Franz Waxman's film and classical music

Franz Waxman is known for his film scores, yet he also composed classical music. In the year of the 50th anniversary of his death, we look back on his work.
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RSNO's Film Season Reaches New Audiences

In Edinburgh and Glasgow, the RSNO is bringing swathes of new audience into the concert hall to hear a live orchestra for the first time. 
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Creative haggling with Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin has worked in a whole range of fields, producing works that span film, video games and epic song cycles. Just don't call him a “video game composer”.
FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Postcard from Seoul, Korea

Cold soju, warm people, old history, new stuff: our first trip to Korea fascinates.

Postcard from Amsterdam: unassuming riches

When you stroll through the Rijksmuseum, 17th-century burghers peer at you, self-assured and dressed soberly, mostly in black. The first impression these portraits of the superrich give is that their subjects did not much care for ostentatious display.

Giovanni Antonini takes the reins at Wratislavia Cantans Festival

Giovanni Antonini's latest challenge is the Artistic Directorship of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław Poland, intending to raise its profile on the European scene.
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi

Read our wide-ranging interview about Monteverdi's operas, their cultural context, performing them today and why they remain as contemporary and fresh as when they were written four centuries ago.
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Baroque Inquisition: Rinaldo Alessandrini

The prolific recording artist and founder of Concerto Italiano answers our questions about Monteverdi and other music of the period.
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Baroque and Early Music Festivals: the 2017 guide

Whether you're looking for Handel, Bach, Monteverdi, Telemann or mix of all of these; whether you like your Baroque music in a grand palace, an intimate chapel or a state-of-the-art concert hall, our 2017 roundup has something for you.
Celebrating women

Top Six Women Baroque Composers

Following the example of Rebecca Lentjes’ January feature “Top Ten Living Women Composers”, I have made my pick of women composers of the Baroque period in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Best of baroque

Photo gallery: Baroque theatres you should see

Feast your eyes on this marvellous collection of Europe's surviving baroque theatres.
NEW SEASON PREVIEWS

Pleasure in pain: Munich's new season

New productions, including a stellar Parsifal starring Kaufmann and Gerhaher, mix with the standard rich repertory pickings in the Bavarian capital

Bluebeard’s Castle crowns Hungarian Opera season

100 years after the première of Bluebeard's Castle, the Hungarian State Opera celebrates with not one, but four different productions of Bartók’s opera.

From Brahms to Bernstein: A rich and varied season

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra's season includes core classical favourites, starry soloists and forays into lesser-played repertoire for the musically curious.

Netrebko headlines new La Scala season

Few opera singers capture the public imagination like Anna Netrebko. And there are few more glittering occasions in the opera calendar than the opening night of the season at the Teatro alla Scala.

Carry on Cleo: ETO's Baroque autumn

When it is not digging up Donizetti rarities, English Touring Opera can often be found performing Baroque opera. Artistic Director James Conway has decided on a return to the Baroque for its autumn season. 

From French wit to Icelandic sagas

For its second season under the leadership of principal conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra offers a wonderfully balanced programme. As well as featuring some of the world’s leading soloists, Icelandic composers and performers are also championed.

Deutsche Oper's new season

Deutsche Oper has a cornucopia in store for the new season. It promises some bold takes on the core repertoire, several enticing rarities, and a world première by the eminent German composer Aribert Reimann.

An invitation to travel: Opéra de Dijon's 2017-18 Season

Following on from Central Europe, the East and North America, Dijon takes on the flavours of the Iberian world – Spain, Portugal and Latin America

Karabits leads the BSO on musical voyages of delight

Few orchestras in the UK cover as many miles – from Exeter and Portsmouth to Bristol and Basingstoke – although the Lighthouse in Poole has been its central home for decades.
FOCUS ON OPERA
Interview

Stuart Skelton on tackling Tristan

The Australian Heldentenor shares his preparations for learning Tristan, his thoughts on opera productions and his passionate views about the current state of Opera Australia and ENO.
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Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. 
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“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais shot to international fame in 2010 in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Bavarian State Opera. She talks to us having recently performed the role in Mary Zimmerman’s much anticipated new production at The Met.
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Crossing borders: Roberto Alagna

Ahead of Vienna's première of Il trovatore, the tenor who crosses borders between France and Italy, opera and popular song, spoke to us about the roles of Manrico and Cyrano, being a gypsy, a hero, returning to Italy, about family and more.
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Creating opera roles: Stéphane Degout

With two new role creations in progress, baritone Stéphane Degout will be back this summer to the Aix Festival for the world première of Pinocchio. He talks to us about the process of creating new opera roles.
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A childhood drama queen: Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra Kurzak tells us about making ten role debuts in a year as her voice shifts from bel canto to the dramatic repertoire she has been dreaming about since childhood.
CONTEMPORARY MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
Retrospective

Remembering the legacy of Pauline Oliveros

“Music is a multi-dimensional, dynamic process unfolding as a relationship between an individual or a group of individuals, and sound vibrations.
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“Not a political composer": John Adams

Taking time out from working on his new opera, Girls of the Golden West, which premières in San Francisco later this year, we spoke to John Adams about politics, Scheherazade.2 and where he sees the future for classical music.
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From Crumb to Kaufmann: Holland Festival 2017 revealed

The Holland Festival has always celebrated and promoted new work and takes its 70th anniversary to both look forward, with plenty of world premières, but also to reflect on its past. 
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A guide to contemporary music festivals

There are plenty of occasions to hear Beethoven's symphonies or Mozart's operas throughout the year. But what about the 21st century repertoire? Contemporary music lovers often find it hard to quench their thirst for new music. Thankfully, some festivals specialise in contemporary music, giving to everyone the opportunity to drink their fill.
Retrospective

Keeping the Boulez spirit alive

Daniel Barenboim inaugurated last month the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. The most interesting feature of the hall lies not in its flowing architecture, but rather in its name: the Pierre Boulez Saal. One year after the French composer death, what is his legacy?
Contemporary focus

Top 10 Living Women Composers

According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. 
Bachtrack announces Classical Music Statistics for 2016: The busiest conductors and orchestras, the most performed works, the most played living composers, most performed operas and ballet. Whatever you're looking for, check the Bachtrack statistics first HERE.