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Pierre Audi's valedictory season in Amsterdam

Girls of the Golden West © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Stepping down after 30 years as DNO Artistic Director, Audi unveils a season bursting with new productions from Donizetti to Stockhausen.

Raw and Realistic: Handel's Brockes Passion

Caravaggio: The Crowning with Thorns ( Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) © Public Domain | Wikipedia
As Concerto Copenhagen prepare a tour of Handel's unusual work, Artistic Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen tells us why he thinks it is unjustly neglected. 

New Music Dublin: iconoclastic and eclectic

John Harris © Wattie Cheung
An introduction to the latest iteration of Dublin’s foremost contemporary music festival, the first overseen by artistic director John Harris.

Bach's St Matthew and St John Passions

Diego Velásquez: Cristo Crucificado © Wikipedia | Public Domain
Jane Shuttleworth reflects on the very different natures of Bach's St John and St Matthew Passions. 

10 major Bach works on Bachtrack At Home

August Weger's 19th century engraving of Bach © Public domain | Wikimedia Commons
There’s a range of works by Bach on Bachtrack At Home. Here, we explore 10 of the best. 
Jordi Savall © David Ignaszewski

Recovering humanity through music: Jordi Savall

The doyen of Early Music explains his blending of music and history, starting with his most recent project, The Routes of Slavery. We talk about the recording industry, Eastern music and more.
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Top ten baroque cities: a visitor's guide

Baroque art, baroque architecture, baroque music. From Prague and Wrocław in the East to Versailles in the West to Valletta in the South, we take lovers of the era on a tour of Europe.

Top ten Handel places to visit in London

Handel's music room at Handel House © Handel House
Handel lived in London for most of his adult life, becoming the leading musical figure in the city. Handel expert Katharine Hogg traces his steps through today's London.

Baroque experimentalism at Oranjewoud Festival

Musica Sequenza © Sophie Schwarzenberger
Oranjewoud Festival in Friesland, the Netherlands, tempers envelope-pushing with tradition. 

Ten alternative versions of Bach

Historically-informed performance fanatics, look away now.

Foreign Worlds explored at the Handel Halle Festival

Handel, by Louis-François Roubiliac © Wikicommons
The Handel Festival Halle this year is programmed under the title “Foreign Worlds”, reflecting not only the cultural influences he drew from his travels abroad, but his fascination with distant lands. 

Handel – the top ten of his operas, plus one

George Frideric Handel, by Thomas Hudson, 1756 © National Portrait Gallery, London
From emperors and empresses to nymphs, gods and giants by way of faithful wives, sorceresses, knights, dastardly noblemen and dazzling coloratura arias, here's your guide to the master showman of baroque opera.

Bach to modern music: Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani © Kaja Smith
Perhaps the most prominent harpsichordist of today, Esfahani talks to us about Bach, new music and great harpsichordists from Wanda Landowska to the stars of tomorrow.

Under the bonnet of the ARD Competition

Prizewinners of the 2016 ARD Competition © Daniel Delang
Not just one but four: the 2018 ARD Competition is for Voice, Viola, Trumpet and PianoTrio. Artistic Directors Oswald Beaujean and Meret Forster give us the inside view.

The London Symphony launches its 2018-19 season

Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
Folk Roots – from British poetry to Czech and Slavic music – form a strong thread in the LSO's new season, along with Sir Simon Rattle's commitment to contemporary music. 

Classical music statistics 2017: Bachtrack digs deep

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
January is the time for us to look back at 2017 and discover what has changed about the repertoire and performers who graced our concert halls. If you enjoy statistics, take a look at our picks.
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic performs Bach's Orchestral Suite no. 3.
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra performs Beethoven's Eighth Symphony.
The Gürzenich Orchestra performs Lachenmann's Tableau for orchestra.
Janine Jansen and Amsterdam Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
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.
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LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: The Rite of Spring

London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Rite of Spring
Debussy, Ravel, Delius, Stravinsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Juanjo Mena; Benedetto Lupo

MunichWiener Symphoniker im Gasteig

Brahms, Prokofiev
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Lahav Shani; Julia Fischer

New York CityVienna Philharmonic Orchestra

© Adam Latham
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Gustavo Dudamel

GlasgowOundjian conducts Bruckner Eight

Mozart, Bruckner
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian; Christian Blackshaw

BarcelonaDiana Damrau & Jonas Kaufmann

Diana Damrau & Jonas Kaufmann
Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian Songbook)
Diana Damrau; Jonas Kaufmann; Helmut Deutsch
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AmsterdamThe Rake's ProgressNew Production

Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Ivor Bolton; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Christina Cunningham; Paul Appleby; Julia Bullock

BarcelonaRoméo et Juliette

© Ken Howard
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
Josep Pons; Stephen Lawless; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Ashley Martin-Davis; Aida Garifullina; Saimir Pirgu

AmsterdamDon Quichotte

Don Quichotte
Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; Alexei Ratmansky; Dutch National Ballet; Marzio Conti; Jérôme Kaplan

MunichRomeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
John Cranko; Bavarian State Ballet; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

BerlinIl trovatore

© Bettina Stöß
Verdi: Il trovatore
Giacomo Sagripanti; Hans Neuenfels; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Reinhard von der Thannen; George Petean; Simone Piazzola
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Jordi Savall captivates again at Perth Festival

Jordi Savall © Teresa Llordes
A second concert featuring Jordi Savall at the 2018 Perth Festival comprised much reduced forces - just himself and harpist Andrew Lawrence-King - but was just as rich, varied and captivating.
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“Rising up triumphant!”: Odyssey Opera’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

Shura Baryshnikov (Jeanne) © Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films
Boston's Odyssey Opera performs a rarity: Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, a dramatic oratorio inspired by medieval mystery plays. 
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From the old world to the New World with Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall © Alliance Artist Management
Jordi Savall, Hespèrian XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo brought an exciting mix of instrumental playing, song and dance presenting Baroque and pre-Baroque music from Spain and the New World.
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NYCB: Romeo + Juliet

Tiler Peck and Zachary Catazaro in Peter Martins’ Romeo + Juliet © Paul  Kolnik
Tiler Peck is at her peak as an artist and let’s hope it lasts a long time.
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Monsters and heroes in music with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Pete Harrison © Andy Holdsworth
In a passage through filmic history in the search of monstors and heroes, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra explored contemporary film and game music.
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Joseph Calleja on the genius of Puccini

Joseph Calleja © Simon Fowler | Decca
“Everything you hear about me is true!” Joseph Calleja reflects on taking on the role of Cavaradossi as well as discussing other Puccini roles and the way his voice has developed. 

Dimitri Platanias on singing Verdi

Dimitri Platanias
Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias is currently singing Rigoletto at Covent Garden. He explains what it means to be a Verdi baritone and talks about his favourite roles. 

In at the deep end: Anita Rachvelishvili

Anita Rachvelishvili © Jiji Rejini
Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reflects on her big break at La Scala and talks about the new Verdi roles she's been adding to her repertoire. 

Lisette Oropesa on Donizetti’s heroines

Lisette Oropesa © Jason Homa
In November, Lisette Oropesa made her Royal Opera debut, performing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Here, she discusses her Donizetti roles along with casting problems and critics concerned with looks over voice. 

Opera Festival highlights for Summer 2018

Glyndebourne © Mark Pullinger
Country opera house picnics, floating stages and opera under the French stars. Our 2018 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!

Opera on the West Coast: the state of the art

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of LA Opera © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
The opera General Directors of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego tell us about their audiences, their productions, painting a picture of opera on the West Coast that is both different and in rude health.
Fondation Louis Vuitton © Iwan Baan

Fondation Louis Vuitton: a temple to youth

We've already seen three years of intense activity, with dozens of shows of every type: recitals, concertos, chamber music, academic events, public masterclasses, jazz sessions. All this in a brand new space. It's a new and different feature of the musical landscape of Paris.

The young take the high ground at Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad

Both lynchpin and enlightened monarch, Renaud Capuçon lifts the curtain of the festival in his third year as its Artistic Director
February 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance

Time Unwrapped at Kings Place

Hugo Ticciati, artist in residence for Time Unwrapped © Marco Borggreve
Ahead of the innovative Time Unwrapped season at Kings Place, we look at some of the highlights. 
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Carnegie Hall “Links Up” the concert hall and classroom

Link Up in action © Chris Lee
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute is introducing young people all over the world to orchestral music with its Link Up programme. 

Music education at the Vienna State Opera

Die Zauberflöte © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Works for children, guided tours behind the scenes and livestreams for school. Staatsoper Director Dominique Meyer is proud of the house's music education programme.

Music education at Cape Town Opera

Children's impressions from CTO's production of Hansel and Gretel
As part of our music education month, we caught up with Christine Crouse of the Cape Town Opera to discuss how the company brings music to disadvantaged areas in South Africa. 
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Glen Kwok on the Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Jinjoo Cho (South Korea) - 2014 Gold Medalist with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra © Denis R. Kelly, Jr.
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which has been attracting violinists from around the world since 1982, is unique in the-depth career mentorship it offers following victory. 

Top international music competitions

As part of our competitions month, we look at nine major music contests on the international scene.

Noriko Ogawa talks about musicianship

Noriko Ogawa © Martin Lijinsky
Pianist Noriko Ogawa, former Leeds prizewinner and sought after competition judge, shares her personal experiences and views on piano competitions.

Gordon Back talks about the Menuhin Competition

Gordon Back
The Menuhin Competition catches its musicians young, with categories of under-16 and under-22. Gordon Back has been with the competition since the beginning, first as accompanist and now as Artistic Director.

Spotting talent: Adam Gatehouse

Adam Gatehouse © Simon Jay Price
The founder of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme tells us about finding star quality in young musicians and his plans for the Leeds Competition.

Eyes on the prize: Interview with Gustav Alink

Gustav Alink © Alink-Argerich Foundation
Gustav Alink compiles information on music competitions worldwide, aiming to help young musicians and the events themselves.
Statistics from the archive

The Top 10 Piano Concertos

Beethoven and Brahms © Wikimedia Commons
As part of piano month, we take a look at the ten most popular piano concertos of recent years. 

Alice Sara Ott: Music can’t be perfection

Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
“It’s a waste of time if you just sit there and move your fingers for the sake of practising.” Alice Sara Ott tells us about her distinctive approach to life as a pianist.

Passionate about piano: Alain Lompech

Alain Lompech in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © Albert SIlver
Meet Alain Lompech, music critic and piano specialist, who for forty years has watched the development of the music scene in France and abroad.

Soviet composers in the late 20th century

Rodion Shchedrin
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?

Out of Time: The Music of Alfred Schnittke

Alfred Schnitte, by Reginald Gray © Royal College of Music, London
Widely regarded as the greatest composer of the generation after Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke's music plays with time, style, and the biggest questions of all.

Music of the Russian Revolution

Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian © Wikicommons
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.
Postage stamp depicting Shostakovich with the score to the Leningrad Symphony © Wikicommons

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. 
Mikhail Glinka and Modest Mussorgsky © Wikimedia Commons

Russian Composers and History

In attempting to cement a sense of Russian identity through music, the nation's composers looked to history for inspiration. 

The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

Louis XIV, represenetd as Louis Appolo © Wikicommons
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? 

The influence of Italian virtuosity on Russian Ballet

Students of the Imperial Ballet School (St Petersburg) in Petipa's Fairy Tale , 1891 © Wikicommons
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

Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

Serge Lifar, dancer with Les Ballets Russes, and Director of the Paris Opéra Ballet © Wikicommons
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

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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Franz Waxman's film and classical music

Franz Waxman © John W. Waxman. All rights reserved
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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John Williams and his early aesthetic

John Williams © Wikimedia Comons
A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld

Postcard from Seoul, Korea

Myeongdong at night © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
Cold soju, warm people, old history, new stuff: our first trip to Korea fascinates.

Postcard from Amsterdam: unassuming riches

Canal boat © Jenny Camilleri
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.

Postcard from St Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman - Peter the Great © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
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.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi

© Sim Cannetty-Clarke
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.

Baroque Inquisition: Rinaldo Alessandrini

Rinaldo Alessandrini © Lorraine Wauters
The prolific recording artist and founder of Concerto Italiano answers our questions about Monteverdi and other music of the period.

Rare gems and Baroque giants in Valletta

Teatru Manoel © Luiz Rodriguez
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. 

Baroque and Early Music Festivals: the 2017 guide

James Laing, Anna Dennis in Imeneo at Göttingen International Handel Festival, 2016 © Theodoro da Silva
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

Markgräfin Wilhelmine von Brandenburg-Bayreuth (Antoine Pesne, 1683-1657) © Wikimedia Commons
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

Hasse's Tito Vespasiano at Český Krumlov, Czech Republic © The Town of Český Krumlov | Libor Sváček
Feast your eyes on this marvellous collection of Europe's surviving baroque theatres.

A guide to contemporary music festivals

Festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije © Colin Samuels
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.

Keeping the Boulez spirit alive

Pierre Boulez © Harald Hoffmann | DG
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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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.