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The Wiener Staatsoper's Live at Home

The Vienna State Opera's subscription service offers 45 live broadcasts a year for a monthly fee. The intention is to foster in your home a sense of the live occasion, as distinct from the mere provision of a video library.
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Bach Academy Bruges

Concertgebouw Brugge’s 2017 Bach Academy is devoted to the Reformation’s riches, at which Johann Sebastian is firmly rooted at the centre. Spanning just five days, the festival combines traditionally authentic performance styles alongside more improvisatory music which takes Bach as its inspiration.
Music Education...in Stockholm

100 years of school concerts

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic has been staging school concerts for every year since 1917. The RSPO's Stefan Forsberg and Karina Svensson talk about bringing music to Swedish children, then and now.
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A sense of theatre: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano reflects on recent performances of Fidelio and Norma and how his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has evolved and the difficulties staging Verdi.
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Preview: the 2017 Prague Spring Festival

The 2017 Prague Spring Festival spans time and genre, with a multiplicity of top orchestral and chamber performers, both Czech and international.
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December 2016 Hot List: For members only

Welcome to the December Hot List, where we highlight the key seasonal events near you this month.
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Concert hall acoustics: Interview at Arup Acoustics' SoundLab

Arup Acoustics are one of the world's foremost acoustics practices. David Karlin visits their Soundlab facility in London, which lets the listener hear how a hall will sound from various seat positions.
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Concert hall acoustics in the 21st century: Interview with Sam Berkow

A pupil of Russell Johnston at Artec, Sam Berkow has been the acoustical designer of performing arts venues and recording studios. He talks to David Karlin about modern acoustics, and his belief that modern performance spaces should support a wide range of performances without acoustical compromise.
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Hollywood glamour in Dublin MA in Film Scoring

Christopher Young and other composers share the secrets of breaking into the world of film scoring. Pulse College Dublin offers a unique opportunity to study a MA in Film Scoring.
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RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

EdinburghVogt plays Beethoven

Kodály, Beethoven, Rachmaninov
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Rafael Payare; Lars Vogt

ViennaBruckner

Bruckner: Symphony no. 4 in E flat major, "Romantic", WAB 104
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Ingo Metzmacher

LondonMonteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists present Bach at Christmas

Bach
English Baroque Soloists; Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Monteverdi Choir; Hannah Morrison; Reginald Mobley; Hugo Hymas

UtrechtHodie Christus natus est

Pärt, Schütz, Sweelinck
Daniel Reuss; Cappella Amsterdam

Hong KongMahler's Mighty Third

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Kelley O'Connor; Ladies of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus; Hong Kong Children's Choir
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

MunichLady Macbeth of the Mtsensk DistrictNew production

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Kirill Petrenko; Harry Kupfer; Bavarian State Opera; Hans Schavernoch; Yan Tax; Anatoli Kotscherga; Sergei Skorokhodov

BrugesHofesh Shechter: Barbarians

Barbarians
Hofesh Shechter; Hofesh Shechter Company

GothenburgThe Firebird

Stravinsky: The Firebird
Fredrik Rydman; GöteborgsOperans Danskompani; Henrik Schaefer; Tomas Sjöstedt; Fredrik Wentzel; Göteborg Opera Orchestra

BernCallas (Estefania Miranda)

Various: Callas
Estefania Miranda; Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern; Jochen Hochstenbach; Till Kuhnert; Catherine Voeffray; Bern Symphony Orchestra

AmsterdamCoppelia

Delibes: Coppélia
Dutch National Ballet; Koen Kessels; Dutch Ballet Orchestra
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Soaring spiritual ascent by candlelight

Music from Vaughan Williams is contrasted with two pieces from Dobrinka Tabakova  in The Scottish Ensemble’s candlelit concert, Ascent. Senior NYOS strings swell the ranks to produce a reflective evening of richness and warmth.
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Festive Tchaikovsky from the Philharmonia

An all-Tchaikovsky programme of opera and ballet was an appealing way to enter the Christmas period, especially under the energetic baton of Jac van Steen.
****1
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Brilliant performance from Serena Wang, but lackluster CPO at the Davies Symphony Hall

Young prodigy Serena Wang delights audiences in her performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 1 while the China Philharmonic's cautious approach falls flat.
***11
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Flimm's Hollywood Manon Lescaut is fleet-footed but effective

With a light-voiced cast and gentle updating, the Staatsoper's new Manon Lescaut makes a good case for Puccini's difficult breakthrough opera.
****1
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Virtuosity and elegance at Conway Hall

Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensemble, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort.
*****
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NOVEMBER FOCUS ON ASIA
postcard from Philippines...

Ballet Philippines: a rare gem

Appraising the legacy and the future of the dance company established nearly 50 years ago by pioneer Alice Reyes, whose distinctive signature is both Asian and Western.
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Paavo Järvi: Musical ambassador

Where is home for Paavi Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. 
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Meeting in Harmony: Suntory Hall

The spirit of Herbert von Karajan lives on in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, built in the quest for “the world's most beautiful sound”. In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the hall is aiming to appeal to an increasingly global audience.
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Playing cello through the Cultural Revolution

Je suis rentré au Conservatoire de Shanghai après la révolution culturelle, vers 1978. Quand je suis arrivé en Belgique, j’avais 23 ans et je ne parlais pas un mot de français.
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Brett Dean and Beethoven rub shoulders in Hong Kong

Australian composer Brett Dean’s compositions appear in the 8th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival next January, where he is composer-in-residence.
POSTCARDS FROM ABROAD

Postcard from New York City

New York City is so packed with delectable curiosities that its inhabitants are prone to cases of FOMO (fear of missing out). Reviewer Rebecca Lentjes is an insider. Read her tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.

Postcard from Sydney

Sydney, a city offering a cultural life, architectural pearls immersed in stunning natural landscapes. Reviewer Jeremy Eccles is our insider. Read his tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.

Postcard from Berlin

From pearly music venues to countless architectural gems, vibrant Berlin is anything but staunchly Teutonic. Here's Clara Colotti's run-down.

Postcard from Zagreb

Zagreb is a gem of a city and feels in many ways like a mini-Vienna. Read Jonathan Sutherland's guide to what to do and see. 

Postcard from Vienna

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.

Photo gallery: Utrecht

From strange musical instruments to sweet shops to churches and canals, here are some varied views of Utrecht.
CONDUCTOR INTERVIEWS

Uniting through music: Q&A with Marin Alsop

Period instruments, Rusty Musicians and inspiring a new generation of female conductors: just a few topics touched upon in our interview. 

Rolling his sleeves up: Ed Gardner in Bergen

As commutes go, London to Bergen has its attractions. Nearly a year into the post of chief conductor at the Bergen Philharmonic, Ed Gardner has a bounce in his step and exudes genuine enthusiasm for the job.

Sincerity itself: Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky has a special place in the heart of Russians. Semyon Bychkov caught the bug at an early age. In an interview, he reflects on what Tchaikovsky means to him, and the man behind the notes. 

Valery Gergiev: “I'm a relatively busy man”

Ahead of his appearance with the Munich Philharmonic at this year’s Prom 4, Valery Gergiev gave Bachtrack a wide-ranging interview, discussing the Mariinsky, Russian music, education and much more.
RECENT ARTICLES AND PREVIEWS
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LAC: home to LuganoMusica and more

Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) is what German speakers have described as a Kulturpol. The Orchestra della Svizzera italiana calls this place home. So do no less than four other arts organisations.
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Mozart's Idomeneo: a step of evolution in Göteborg

Idomeneo is still something of a 'Cinderella' among Mozart's operas, yet Graham Vick is about to direct it for the third time. What draws him back to it?
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In the studio with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is in New York. Ahead of the première of her new work for the New York City Ballet, Bachtrack visits her in the studio during rehearsals. 
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Baroque winter sunshine in Malta

With your choice of instrumental, ensemble, choral and operatic concerts, Valletta in January is the perfect place to hear great music in lovely surroundings and beat the winter blues.
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Taking a creative lead in Dutch National’s new season

Last season was a great one for Dutch National Opera, which celebrated its 50th season with a string of accolades. How to build on success?
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Preview: Janáček Brno Festival and season

The festival presents Janáček's opera and other works in the context of others; if you can't catch it, there's plenty more in the Janáček Opera NTB's regular season.

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! 
Bachtrack announces Classical Music Statistics for 2015: 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.