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November 2015
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Let's play Musical Statues!

This month, we’re setting Bachtrack readers a crowd-sourcing challenge. Can you provide photographs of statues or monuments of famous composers?

On the brink of greatness or already at the summit?

Sibelius wrote to a friend: ‘after hearing my third symphony Rimsky-Korsakov shook his head and said: Why don’t you do it the usual way; you will see that the audience can neither follow nor understand this’. Such comments summarised much of the critical reaction to this symphony and also to the Fourth.
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GSOPlay pre-concert talk: Sibelius Symphonies 3,6 and 7

Come here to see David Larkin discussing the Sibelius Symphonies 3,6 and 7 in advance of the GSO's performance on December 2nd.

Opinion: Touting the ticket price myth

On Monday’s Today programme on BBC Radio 4, presenter John Humphrys boldly – deliberately even – stepped into an operatic minefield. It blew up in his face.

Preview: 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival 2016

Many festivals span multiple art forms, but the 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival goes to the limits in crossing boundaries.

Bruges: great sounding classical destination

The capital of the West Flanders province in the Flemish region of Belgium, Bruges is packed with culture. The only difficulty for the musical tourist is deciding when to actually visit...

Preview: London Handel Festival 2016

London's annual cornucopia for baroque lovers returns with a programme as strong as any, with performances from well acknowledged masterpieces (Ariodante, St Matthew Passion) to the rarely formed Alexander Balus

Crazy for Gothenburg: 2015/16 season preview

Gothenburg Opera’s 2015-6 season has started with a humdinger: Nina Stemme stepping into the shoes of Ingrid Bergman to play Alicia Hauser in the world première of Hans Gefors operatic take on Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious.

Italian opera and Shakespeare in Finland's Savonlinna

Savonlinna's atmospheric castle plays host to visitors from Ravenna and Torino in a festival that joins in the Shakespeare anniversary celebrations.

Cards on the table: Stephen Kovacevich at 75

Stephen Kovacevich celebrates his 75th birthday this week. In an interview with our editor, he discusses his early musical experiences, the stroke he suffered, pertinent advice for young pianists and a new found love.

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Mälkki conducts Prokofiev and Sibelius

Liadov, Prokofiev, Sibelius
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki; Beatrice Rana

Les tableaux d'une exposition

Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Ravel
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Truls Mørk; Leonidas Kavakos

Brahms and Shostakovich

Brahms, Shostakovich
Philharmonia Zürich; Rafael Payare; Anna Vinnitskaya

Mozart, Mahler

Mozart, Mahler
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Ádám Fischer; Jasminka Stancul

Philharmonia Orchestra: Salonen/Lang Lang Series

Beethoven, Bartók
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Lang Lang

Il mondo della lunaNew production

Haydn: Il mondo della luna
László Bartal; Attila Toronykőy; Hungarian State Opera; Tivadar Kiss; Zoltán Daragó; András Káldi Kiss; Nóra Ducza


Adam: Giselle
Patrice Bart; Ballett Zürich; Zurich Junior Ballet; Paul Connelly; Luisa Spinatelli; Philharmonia Zürich

The Fiery AngelNew production

Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Svetlana Sozdateleva; Mlada Khudoley

Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Rudolf Nureyev; English National Ballet; Ezio Frigerio

Il trittico

Giuliano Carella; Damiano Michieletto; Royal Danish Opera; Paolo Fantin; Carla Teti; Marco Di Felice; Johan Reuter

A long lost Ashton favourite returns

This Royal Ballet programme shows Sir Frederick Ashton's versatility of subject while never scrimping on unmistakeable style.
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Lady in Red: Isabel Leonard serenades Carnegie Hall

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard paints Carnegie Hall in the high colors of Spanish folk music, accompanied by classical guitar player, Sharon Isbin.
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A luminous Merry Widow in Chicago

Love, light, levity, life. A joyful performance of Franz Lehár's Parisian operetta offers catharsis in troubling times. 
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Norrington stars with the “Best of Beethoven”

The Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZKO) recently played an unforgettable all-Beethoven programme at the city’s Tonhalle. Before launching into the Eighth Symphony, conductor Sir Roger warned us: “Buckle your seatbelts!”
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Battle lines drawn: bracing Haydn and Nielsen

It was the percussion which took the starring role as Haydn and Nielsen engaged in a lively skirmish at the Royal Festival Hall, the Philharmonia under the watchful command of Paavo Järvi. 
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Baroque Inquisition: Jake Arditti

Rising star Jake Arditti takes up our challenge and tells Bachtrack about how he discovered his countertenor voice. 

Baroque Inquisition: James Laing

James Laing spills the beans on his unusual non-singing operatic debut in our latest Baroque Inquisition!

Baroque Inquisition: Anthony Roth Costanzo

Facing our Baroque Inquisition, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is fascinating about the processes of creating ornamentation and provides a splendid selection of operatic weirdnesses.

Baroque month: a guided tour of Handel's Messiah

Jane Shuttleworth is your personal guide around Handel’s greatest hit, from the solemn overture to the energetic and complex final fugue.

The Goldbergs: Bach’s magical inventiveness

As part of Baroque Month, an exploration by Fran Wilson of Bach's incredible Goldberg Variations... fertile terrain for those who dare to walk there.

Baroque Inquisition: Christopher Ainslie

Christopher Ainslie faces our Baroque Inquisition as we find out more about the rise of the countertenor. 

Baroque Inquisition: Tim Mead

Tim Mead is the next countertenor to face our Baroque Inquisition. Read about da capo ornamentation, plus odd things he's been asked to do on stage!

Baroque Inquisition: Christophe Dumaux

Christophe Dumaux faces our Baroque Inquisition as we find out more about the world of the countertenor. 

Jakub Hrůša on his move to Bamberg

Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša did not have much time to bask in the glow of his appointment in early September as new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony.

Reaching 50: Dutch National Opera

Dutch National Opera notches up its half century this year. Yet despite reaching its 50th anniversary, it is still in many ways a young company, with an exciting season ahead.

Sprightly at 70: Philharmonia

In 2015, the Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary. Its new season explores unfamiliar repertoire 

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! 

Opinion: A bang and a whimper

A flutter of the fingers, a whirl of the toothpick and he was gone... So does Valery Gergiev really deserve the criticism of his LSO tenure that's come his way?