At Home Guide

Josef Kotek and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony's stream on 19 January, we look at Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and the musician who inspired it. 

The At Home Guide to Beethoven’s Ninth

Before our Concert Club event on 2 January 2018, we look at the changing fortunes of Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony. 

The story of Finlandia

Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony's concert celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence, we look at the story of Sibelius's Finlandia

The At Home Guide to Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony’s live streamed performance of the work on 1st December, we look at the story behind Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. 

The At Home Guide to contemporary Norwegian music

From electroacoustic experiments to bombastic timpani concertos, Norwegian composers produce some of the most interesting music on the contemporary scene. 

Six works inspired by the sea

Ahead of our online Concert Club event on 24th October, we look at Peter Grimes and other works inspired by the sea. 

Disbelieving Composers, Sacred Music

Ahead of Gothenburg Symphony's live stream of Verdi's Requiem, we take a look at non-religious composers' relationship to the sacred. 

Mozart’s Last Year and the Requiem

Mozart’s final months and Requiem mass are a source of popular fascination. But was 1791 really his annus horribilis

Totally Epic: Sibelius and the Kalevala

Jean Sibelius frequently looked to the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, for inspiration. Here, we look at how it figured in his music. 

The story of Symphonie Fantastique

Berlioz had a rather trying time while he was composing Symphonie fantastique. Here, we take a look at his amorous obsessions. 

Bach and Buxtehude

In 1705, a 20-year-old Bach set off on a arduous, 400 km journey to Lübeck to hear the music of master organist Dietrich Buxtehude.

Britten and his Influences

Benjamin Britten is widely thought of as one of the finest composers that Britain has ever produced. Yet his relationship with much of the music of his native country was terse to say the least. 

Schoenberg before serialism

Schoenberg is known as the inventor of serialism, but he also worked in lush Romanticism and anguished Expressionism. This At Home Guide explores his early work with reference to related videos on Bachtrack At Home. 

Early Music and its Revival

Both as a generic term and as a mode of performance, Early music has a convoluted history. This At Home Guide explores how Early music turned from a forgotten repertoire to a living practice.

The Evolution of Organ Music

In the next instalment of the At Home Guide, we look at the evolution of organ music, using Bachtrack At Home videos to illustrate the journey. 

Bruckner and the shadow of Wagner

Anton Bruckner's veneration for Wagner is well-documented. But how did Wagner's influence actualy manifest in the Austrian composer's work?

Nordic Music Beyond The Hits

The Nordic countries have produced some of the best-known works in the classical canon. But there is a wealth of music in the work of the region's four main composers that remains underappreciated. 

How Ballet Music Took Centre Stage

This week's At Home Guide explores how ballet music evolved from a sideshow to a well-respected artform. Click on the links to listen while you read. 

The At Home Guide to tone poems

In the second instalment of our Bachtrack At Home Guide, we take a look at the vibrant world of the symphonic poem. 

A tour through the history of choral music

Welcome to the first instalment of our regular At Home Guide, in which we discuss what’s new on Bachtrack At Home and guide you through the wonderful performances in our ever-growing archive.