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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 says the future for classical music.
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This is Rattle: LSO new season

It’s been the most hotly anticipated arrival in British classical music for years. Sir Simon Rattle takes up his post as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra with a refreshing season programme. 
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Gergiev tops Bachtrack’s 2016 classical statistics

Some people crack open the Champagne to launch the New Year, but here at Bachtrack Towers the corks have barely popped before we dive into the classical music statistics for the year just ended.
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Malta International Music Festival 2017

The concert programme for the 2017 Malta International Music Festival runs for ten days, from 21st to 30th April. But there is no question as to which is the star draw: on Saturday 29th, Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov will be performing in Malta for the first time.
Bychkov and Tchaikovsky...

Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
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Hohenlohe's International Violin Competition

Search back through the previous winners and one name leaps out. In 1995, the youngest of the three age categories (aged 14-years and under) was won by Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, who went on to build a strong international career.
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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.
The Bachtrack 2016 classical music statistics are out! Click HERE to see them.
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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Jagdish Mistry, Ensemble Modern: interview

We continue our interviews series with Jagdish Mistry, violinist at the Ensemble Modern.
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?
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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.
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Challenges of contemporary composition: Amos Elkana

Amos Elkana is at the crossroad of many genres and styles. We ask him about the challenges faced today by contemporary composers, and his reflections about his own technique.
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John Constable, London Sinfonietta: interview

We kick off our interviews series with John Constable, London Sinfonietta Emeritus Principal Piano.
Pick of the bunch...

January 2017 Hot List: For members only

Happy New Year! And what better way to kick off 2017 than by finding classical music near you? Or by taking in an opera or ballet on your travels?
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Looking forward to the NY Phil in 2017

2017 is the 175th birthday of NY Phil, as well as being the 70th of John Adams and the 50th of outgoing Music Director Alan Gilbert, who takes on the lion's share of the conducting duties. 2017 highlights will include world premières by Marsalis, Gruber and Auerbach.   This preview was sponsored by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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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Bachtrack publishes its 10,000th review

On the occasion of our 10,000th review, raise a glass, please, ladies and gentlemen, to the health of our wonderful Bachtrack reviewers
music education in Brugge

Music education at the Concertgebouw Brugge

To find out some of the great work Concertgebouw Brugge is doing with teenagers, check out the videos you will find here.
News ...from Vienna

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.
We preview...in Bruges

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.
Make Bachtrack your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. You can search for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we publish each month across the world.
RECOMMENDED CONCERTS

DijonNew York

Cage, Carter, Glass, Reich
Quatuor Tana

LondonOliver Knussen conducts Richard Strauss, Philip Cashian & Edward ElgarWorld première

Strauss R., Cashian, Elgar
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Knussen; Huw Watkins

OxfordMartha Argerich and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Prokofiev, Monducci, Stravinsky
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra; Marios Papadopoulos; Martha Argerich

BrugesCollegium Vocale Gent

Bach
Philippe Herreweghe; Collegium Vocale Gent; Dorothée Mields; Alex Potter; Thomas Hobbs

New York CityTchaikovsky with Yefim Bronfman

Glinka, Tchaikovsky
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Yefim Bronfman
RECOMMENDED OPERA/DANCE

HoustonNixon in China

Adams: Nixon in China
Robert Spano; James Robinson; Houston Grand Opera; Allen Moyer; James Schuette; Scott Hendricks; Andriana Chuchman

LeedsThe Snow MaidenNew production

Rimsky-Korsakov: Snegurochka, The Snow Maiden
Leo McFall; John Fulljames; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Christina Cunningham; Aoife Miskelly; Heather Lowe

Hong KongThe Ring Cycle Part 3: Siegfried

Wagner: Siegfried
Jaap van Zweden; Simon O'Neill; David Cangelosi; Matthias Goerne; Falk Struckmann

LinzDon Giovannineue Produktion

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Enrico Calesso; Francois de Carpentries; Landestheater Linz; Karine van Hercke; Magdalena Hoisbauer

BarcelonaWerther

Massenet: Werther
Alain Altinoglu; Willy Decker; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Wolfgang Gussmann; Piotr Beczała; Josep Bros
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Thoroughly modern Macbeth in Vancouver

Brett Bailey's acclaimed production of Macbeth is unmissable, combining top-notch theatrical and musical values with a disturbingly timely political warning
*****
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La traviata at Covent Garden: imperfect but enjoyable

Richard Eyre's uncomplicated production remains as watchable as ever; Joyce El-Khoury makes a promising Covent Garden debut.
***11
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Russian epics in Vancouver

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma brings fiery intensity and technique in an otherwise lukewarm programme of Wagner, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich
***11
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A thrilling tour opener from the Bergen Philharmonic

Edward Gardner opens the Bergen Philharmonic's UK tour in great style. 
****1
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Revisiting Anna Karenina

Just as rereading a favourite novel can give the reader new literary impulses to explore, so, too, can the revival of a popular ballet offer a fresh interpretation.
****1
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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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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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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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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.
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.
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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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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.

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 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.