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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 in NYC
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.
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.
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.
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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Moszkowski, Mozart, Schumann
Cho-Liang Lin; Kristin Lee; Cecile Licad; Borromeo String Quartet
Grieg, Tiensuu, Sibelius
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Anu Komsi
Andersson, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Joana Carneiro; Hilary Hahn
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Andersson Dance; Scottish Ensemble
Beamish, Dvořák, Brahms
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Jennifer Pike
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Adrian Partington; Thomas Søndergård; BBC National Chorus of Wales
Sibelius, Beethoven, Shostakovich
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Karita Mattila
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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.
Simon Rattle leads the LSO and a fine chorus and cast of soloists in Ligeti's masterpiece: surreal, madcap but touching the sublime.
A firecracker performance by Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin giving urgency to music composed at a time that echoes our own.
Meditations from the Bach family on the human condition in "Cantatas for the soul" performed by the Dunedin Consort in Ta Giezu Church at the Valletta International Baroque Festival.
On the second leg of its current European tour, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti fail to scale the heights in an acoustically problematic venue.
An excellent performance of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper receiving its Scottish première, with Roderick Williams and Susan Bickley heading a luxury cast.
film music article
Orchestras increasingly perform concerts of film music and we were interested to discover how popular these were and if their approach to playing – and recording – such music is in any way different to standard concert repertoire.
film music article
The cinematic world consists of two types: those who believe that continually recasting from a favoured coterie of actors can endanger suspension of disbelief, and those who do not.
In the fall-out from the ‘Dumpygate’ saga surrounding critical reaction to Glyndebourne’sDer Rosenkavalier, critic-bashing has enjoyed renewed vigour. Using the incident to promote a ‘Battle of Ideas’ debate on the value of music critics and the role they play piqued my interest in attending Saturday’s Free Stage event at the Barbican.
Film music article
Herrmann’s core philosophy of scoring film music was not to provide music to accompany the action of the film, but rather to paint a psychological portrait or arouse a compelling atmosphere.
Which are the greatest orchestras and conductors according to the professional critics? Bachtrack's poll reveals the top ten!
An overview of Sibelius' first two symphonies from the perspective of an orchestral violinist.
film music article
In the late 1890s, Shakespeare's plays became a popular source for films and remained one throughout the 20th century. Here's a brief journey through time and some of the most popular films.