Classical music news...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
We preview...in New York
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
We preview...in 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.
Strauss R., Cashian, Elgar
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Knussen; Huw Watkins
Prokofiev, Monducci, Stravinsky
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra; Marios Papadopoulos; Martha Argerich
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Brett Bailey's acclaimed production of Macbeth is unmissable, combining top-notch theatrical and musical values with a disturbingly timely political warning
Richard Eyre's uncomplicated production remains as watchable as ever; Joyce El-Khoury makes a promising Covent Garden debut.
Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma brings fiery intensity and technique in an otherwise lukewarm programme of Wagner, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich
Edward Gardner opens the Bergen Philharmonic's UK tour in great style.
NOVEMBER FOCUS ON ASIA
Australian composer Brett Dean’s compositions appear in the 8th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival next January, where he is composer-in-residence.
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We learn about...
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.
We learn about...
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.