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Jean-Guihen Queyras, the cellist with a thousand faces

Queyras will be touring Europe from the end of November with Yannick Nézét-Séguin and the Montreal-based orchestra. We meet a musician who is as passionate as he is eclectic.
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Dominique Meyer innovates at Wiener Staatsoper

The Director of the Vienna Staatsoper discusses using technology for the benefit of the art form.
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Prospecting for operatic gold: John Adams

Adams's new opera Girls of the Golden West could not be more different from the (nearly) eponymous Puccini favourite. Adams talks to us about the Gold Rush, the opera and new music in general.
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Passionate about piano: Alain Lompech

Meet Alain Lompech, music critic and piano specialist, who for forty years has watched the development of the music scene in France and abroad.
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Tabea Zimmermann: appetite for the new

We caught up with renowned violist Tabea Zimmermann to talk about the Beethoven-Woche, her approach to teaching, and what keeps her going after over 30 years in the limelight.
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Noriko Ogawa talks about musicianship

Pianist Noriko Ogawa, former Leeds prizewinner and sought after competition judge, shares her personal experiences and views on piano competitions.
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Ten benefits of taking part in vocal competitions

Life-changing, grueling, exhilarating, unfair. These are some of the adjectives that singers mention when describing the experience of taking part in a competition. It doesn’t matter if you end up with a monetary prize or walk out empty-handed, if you analyze the experience you will see that you have won at least on several of the points listed in this article. 
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Eyes on the prize: Interview with Gustav Alink

Gustav Alink compiles information on music competitions worldwide, aiming to help young musicians and the events themselves.
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Top international music competitions

As part of our competitions month, we look at nine major music contests on the international scene.
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Gordon Back talks about the Menuhin Competition

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.
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Spotting talent: Adam Gatehouse

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.
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The clarinet as true protagonist

We caught up with Joe Phibbs and Mark van de Wiel ahead the premiere of a new clarinet concerto next week. 
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ENB tours MacMillan's Song of the Earth this Autumn

Going from strength to strength under the leadership of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet presents MacMillan's Song of the Earth as part of nationwide celebrations of the choreographer's formidable legacy. 
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the Orchestre Métropolitain

Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses the qualities of his Orchestre Métropolitain ahead of their big European tour. 
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Ed Gardner: Bringing Bergen to the world

The conductor talks streaming and touring as he starts his third season with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 
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In conversation with Alexandre Tharaud

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud will be touring Europe with the Orchestre Métropolitan of Montreal and its conductor Yannick Nézét-Séguin. On a park bench in front of the Comédie française, Tharaud tells us all.
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Full of natural bounce: Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Gothenburg Symphony's new Chief Conductor is young, Finnish and a bundle of restless energy. He doesn't eat before rehearsals, and tells the orchestra what he wants through motion more than words.
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Creating the moment: Markus Stenz

Ahead of his live-streamed performance of Beethoven's Ninth with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, we caught up with conductor Markus Stenz. 
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“It’s a balls-buster!” Latonia Moore on tackling Aida

With a hundred performances under her belt, Latonia Moore discusses the challenges of singing Aida as she rehearses Phelim McDermott’s new staging for ENO.
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Wagner and more in Müpa’s new season

Since 2006, the annual Budapest Wagner Days has quietly been growing into a major force for dedicated Wagnerites, the highlight of Müpa’s season.

Bernstein 100: the LSO’s tribute to a big-hearted man

The LSO celebrates Bernstein's genius with a series of concerts this led by newly installed Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle, and by Bernstein protégé, Marin Alsop.

Witnessing history: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Before launching his series Voices of Revolution with the Philharmonia Orchestra to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Ashkenazy recalls his experiences as a young Soviet pianist, his memories of Shostakovich and his witnessing history in the making.
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Broad repertoire for Opera Vlaanderen's new season

With bases in Ghent and Antwerp, Opera Vlaanderen offers a broad repertoire to the Flemish region of Belgium, exemplified this season by seven productions ranging from familiar classics to tasty rarities. 
The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performs Holst's The Planets.
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra performs Schubert's Symphony no. 9.
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performs Nielsen's Symphony no. 2, "The Four Temperaments".
Christian Tetzlaff and the Gürzenich Orchestra perform Ligeti's Violin Concerto.
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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PragueBrahms, Zemlinsky

Brahms, Zemlinsky
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Christian Tetzlaff

LondonBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Jansons

Beethoven, Prokofiev
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons; Yefim Bronfman

ParisProkofiev, Concerto pour violon

Prokofiev, Mendelssohn
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Sofi Jeannin; Vadim Repin; Manuel Metzger; Catherine Cournot; Joseph Andre

LondonAurora Orchestra with The Labèque Sisters

Ravel, Mozart, Stravinsky, Schubert
Aurora Orchestra; Nicholas Collon; Marielle Labèque; Katia Labèque

Los AngelesWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; David Newman
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ViennaAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Peter Schneider; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Lise Davidsen; Erin Morley

AmsterdamEine Florentinische Tragödie/ Gianni SchicchiNew Production

Zemlinsky, Puccini
Marc Albrecht; Jan Philipp Gloger; Dutch National Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Karin Jud; Ausrine Stundyte; Nikolai Schukoff

MilanTi vedo, ti sento, mi perdo

Sciarrino: Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo
Maxime Pascal; Jürgen Flimm; Teatro alla Scala; Laura Aikin; Charles Workman; Otto Katzameier; Sónia Grané

BerlinTannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Michael Boder; Kirsten Harms; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Donald Runnicles; Bernd Damovsky; Andreas Schager

LeipzigJohannes-PassionNew Production

Bach: Johannes-Passion
Mario Schröder; Leipziger Ballet; Paul Goodwin; Paul Zoller; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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Snow boots on for an exuberant Tchaikovsky 1

The LPO gave us a tantalising reminder of summer before plunging us into the icy chill of Tchaikovsky’s Winter Daydreams
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Svetlana Zakharova: In the name of Love

Some of today’s star ballet dancers are exploring creative endeavours of their own alongside already busy schedules of performances. This November, it is Zakharova who curates her own evening of dance.
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The dark side of the gold: Adams' Girls of the Golden West

Adams and Peter Sellars demand that the audience take a cold, hard look at the Gold Rush and the founding history of California.
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Swish playing from a Swiss orchestra

Heinz Holliger conducted a fine interpretation of Schubert's Ninth, but it was Stephen Hough's performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 that really made the evening.
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Philippe Cassard dons his dancing shoes

Waltzing on a Monday evening? Wigmore Hall is not exactly the Tower Ballroom, but last night it did a fair impression as a temple of dance when Philippe Cassard played the third of his Debussy Perspectives series.
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Cyprien Katsaris, the good genie of the piano

Interview which strays off the beaten track with the pianist Cyprien Katsaris, ardent defender of piano transcription and of forgotten composers.
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The Top 10 Piano Concertos

As part of piano month, we take a look at the ten most popular piano concertos of recent years. 
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Alice Sara Ott: Music can’t be perfection

“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.
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Road to Modernism: pianistic shock waves

From Schoenberg and Ives to Boulez and Ligeti, landmark pieces of modernist and contemporary solo piano music chart the turbulent progress through the 20th century.
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Soviet composers in the late 20th century

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?
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Out of Time: The Music of Alfred Schnittke

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.
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Music of the Russian Revolution

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.
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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. 
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Russian Composers and History

In attempting to cement a sense of Russian identity through music, the nation's composers looked to history for inspiration. 
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The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

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? 
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The influence of Italian virtuosity on Russian Ballet

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
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Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

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.
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A Flight Through the Music of 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 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

A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld
FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Postcard from Seoul, Korea

Cold soju, warm people, old history, new stuff: our first trip to Korea fascinates.

Postcard from Amsterdam: unassuming riches

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

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.
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi

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.
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Baroque Inquisition: Rinaldo Alessandrini

The prolific recording artist and founder of Concerto Italiano answers our questions about Monteverdi and other music of the period.
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Rare gems and Baroque giants in Valletta

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. 
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Baroque and Early Music Festivals: the 2017 guide

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

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

Feast your eyes on this marvellous collection of Europe's surviving baroque theatres.
NEW SEASON PREVIEWS

Pleasure in pain: Munich's new season

New productions, including a stellar Parsifal starring Kaufmann and Gerhaher, mix with the standard rich repertory pickings in the Bavarian capital

Bluebeard’s Castle crowns Hungarian Opera season

100 years after the première of Bluebeard's Castle, the Hungarian State Opera celebrates with not one, but four different productions of Bartók’s opera.

From Brahms to Bernstein: A rich and varied season

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra's season includes core classical favourites, starry soloists and forays into lesser-played repertoire for the musically curious.

Netrebko headlines new La Scala season

Few opera singers capture the public imagination like Anna Netrebko. And there are few more glittering occasions in the opera calendar than the opening night of the season at the Teatro alla Scala.
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The Grand Théâtre de Genève 2017-8 Season

The Grand Théâtre de Genève's 2017-2018 season offers eleven operas, including four new productions, three ballets, eight concerts and recitals.

From French wit to Icelandic sagas

For its second season under the leadership of principal conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra offers a wonderfully balanced programme. As well as featuring some of the world’s leading soloists, Icelandic composers and performers are also championed.

Deutsche Oper's new season

Deutsche Oper has a cornucopia in store for the new season. It promises some bold takes on the core repertoire, several enticing rarities, and a world première by the eminent German composer Aribert Reimann.

An invitation to travel: Opéra de Dijon's 2017-18 Season

Following on from Central Europe, the East and North America, Dijon takes on the flavours of the Iberian world – Spain, Portugal and Latin America

Karabits leads the BSO on musical voyages of delight

Few orchestras in the UK cover as many miles – from Exeter and Portsmouth to Bristol and Basingstoke – although the Lighthouse in Poole has been its central home for decades.
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Stuart Skelton on tackling Tristan

The Australian Heldentenor shares his preparations for learning Tristan, his thoughts on opera productions and his passionate views about the current state of Opera Australia and ENO.
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Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. 
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“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais shot to international fame in 2010 in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Bavarian State Opera. She talks to us having recently performed the role in Mary Zimmerman’s much anticipated new production at The Met.
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Crossing borders: Roberto Alagna

Ahead of Vienna's première of Il trovatore, the tenor who crosses borders between France and Italy, opera and popular song, spoke to us about the roles of Manrico and Cyrano, being a gypsy, a hero, returning to Italy, about family and more.
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Creating opera roles: Stéphane Degout

With two new role creations in progress, baritone Stéphane Degout will be back this summer to the Aix Festival for the world première of Pinocchio. He talks to us about the process of creating new opera roles.
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A childhood drama queen: Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra Kurzak tells us about making ten role debuts in a year as her voice shifts from bel canto to the dramatic repertoire she has been dreaming about since childhood.
CONTEMPORARY MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
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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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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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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.