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White, Black – Opposites in Attraction

The Hungarian Nation Ballet presents a stunning programme in which Kyliàn's Black and White masterpieces are paired with Lander's polished Études
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Preview: Budapest Spring Festival 2016

130 years after his death, Franz Liszt features strongly in this year's Budapest Spring Festival. 

Fine Budapest cast tears into lacerating Lear

In a reconstruction of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production for the world première of Reimann’s soul-pummelling Lear, the staging stands the test of time, but the cast and orchestra leave the biggest impression.
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Juggling the role of artistic director and artist

Yesterday, Benjamin Millepied stepped down as director of Paris Opera Ballet, prompting the question: can the director of a large international company juggle a management role with the desire to create?

Preview: Festival d’Aix 2016

From Adwan’s Arabia to Debussy’s Allemonde, there is plenty to tempt the operatic traveller to Provence this summer.
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JANUARY FOCUS ON LIEDER

Follow my Lieder: Roderick Williams

Baritone Roderick Williams is a leading song recitalist, a regular at London's Wigmore Hall and makes his North American recital debut in February with a unique performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang in New York's Park Avenue Armory. 

Follow my Lieder: Karen Cargill

Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill shares her thoughts on programming, musical partners and how the audience can approach Lieder recitals. 

Follow my Lieder: Mark Padmore

Tenor Mark Padmore joins in our 'Follow my Lieder' series and discusses performing with surtitles and how new audiences can approach Lieder recitals. 

Follow my Lieder: Anna Lucia Richter

"Just jump in at the deep end!" Anna Lucia Richter talks about the world of song and how to approach it.

The delicate art of song

Undeservedly, Lieder recitals have a rarefied, old-lace aura that can scare off potential fans. Far from being remote and understated, their intimate nature closely connects singers with their audiences.

Follow my Lieder: Miah Persson

Swedish soprano Miah Persson talks about the world of lieder and the art of putting together a song recital. 

Follow my Lieder: Venera Gimadieva

Hailed as ‘the new voice of Russia’ and the star of the Bolshoi Theatre, soprano Venera Gimadieva talks about singing song recitals as part of our Lieder series.
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RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

Maria Joao Pires and Milos Popovic in Recital

Schubert, Beethoven
Maria João Pires; Milos Popovic

Matthias Goerne sings Mahler with the Concertgebouw Orchestra

Beethoven, Mahler
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Manfred Honeck; Matthias Goerne

Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert

Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert
András Schiff, Piano

Leningrad: Music From The Front Line

Bartók, Shostakovich
BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena; Dejan Lazić

Mendelssohn: Elias - (Singverein-Zyklus / 3)

Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op.70
Orchestre National de France; Johannes Prinz; Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien; Daniele Gatti; Genia Kühmeier; Clémentine Margaine
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

The Fairy Queen

Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Christian Curnyn; Calixto Bieito; Oper Stuttgart; Susanne Gschwender; Anja Rabes; Lauryna Bendžiūnaitė; Mirella Bunoaica

South PoleNew production

Srnka: South Pole
Kirill Petrenko; Hans Neuenfels; Bavarian State Opera; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; Katrin Connan; Tara Erraught; Rolando Villazón

Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Henrik Nánási; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Günter Papendell; Asmik Grigorian

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Leo Hussain; Henrik Schaefer; Göteborg Opera; George Souglides; Daniel Hällström; Maria Luigia Borsi

LearNew production

Reimann: Lear
Stefan Soltesz; Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Hungarian State Opera; Gergely Zöldy; Tomás Tómasson; Caroline Melzer
RECOMMENDED REVIEWS

Burning bright: superb Trovatore ignites the Bastille

Despite the sombre staging, it’s the vocal fire that blazes in this impressive Trovatore in Paris.
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Roderick Williams embarks on his “Schubert Project”

Not quite a song cycle and not quite a song recital, but the words and music format triumphed in the end at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
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Roman delights from Pappano and LSO

Pappano and the LSO provide magnificent entertainment with Respighi's Roman trilogy; Lise de la Salle gives pin-sharp precision in Rachmaninov's take on Paganini.
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A stellar Mahler 3 from the OBC

Truly sublime playing and singing from the massed forces in Barcelona's L'Auditori perfectly showcased Mahler's genius ability to evoke whole worlds.
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Ratmansky's for ABT is a flawless Beauty

All praise for Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty, its old graces newly restored. 
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Great Danes: Concerto Copenhagen reaches 25

2016 sees the 25th anniversary of Danish period instrument ensemble Concerto Copenhagen. Lars Ulrik Mortensen, who has led the ensemble from 1999, reflects on how the ensemble has gone from strength to strength. 

From Creation to World’s End

Ádám Fischer reflects on the best way to start the New Year, and on conducting Wagner in Budapest. 

Preview: Prague Spring Festival 2016

The line-up for the 2016 Prague Spring International Music Festival is full of delights, from traditional Czech fare to starry international visitors. 

Opinion: Plum picks of 2015

In 2015, which performances were the ones which really stuck in the memory of our editor? 

He’s not the Messiah: Beethoven topples Handel in the 2015 stats

Who were the classical movers and shakers of 2015? We've rounded up our listings for last year, looking for any emerging patterns or trends.
SIBELIUS AT 150

Whole in one: Sibelius’ Seventh

Cast in a single span lasting little more than 20 minutes, Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony is a miracle of compression and defies conventional analysis. 

Let's play Musical Statues!

This month, we’re setting Bachtrack readers a crowd-sourcing challenge. Can you provide photographs of statues or monuments of famous composers?

Sibelius 150: An anniversary playlist

We’ve written a lot about Sibelius in this anniversary year but for his actual 150th birthday we thought we’d offer our favourite Sibelius works for your listening enjoyment!

Sibelius' Symphonies: Your questions answered

For those who missed our live Q&A before our first Gothenburg SO webstream last night, here are David Larkin's answers to your questions.

GSOPlay pre-concert talk: Sibelius Symphonies

Click here to see David Larkin discussing the Sibelius Symphonies in advance of the GSO's performance of Nos. 3,6 and 7 on 2nd December.

On the brink of greatness or already at the summit?

Sibelius wrote to a friend: ‘after hearing my third symphony Rimsky-Korsakov shook his head and said: Why don’t you do it the usual way; you will see that the audience can neither follow nor understand this’. Such comments summarised much of the critical reaction to this symphony and also to the Fourth.

Chailly and the Berliner Philharmoniker: the critics’ choice

Which are the greatest orchestras and conductors according to the professional critics? Bachtrack's poll reveals the top ten! 

Opinion: A bang and a whimper

A flutter of the fingers, a whirl of the toothpick and he was gone... So does Valery Gergiev really deserve the criticism of his LSO tenure that's come his way?