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Here is your March 2017 Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (42 pages!) on 'What's On' section. The listings should begin with your 'home' city – if you have set one as your most usual concert/opera-going city. You can also select other cities as your favourites, so that these should appear next on the list.
The trickle of new season announcements now starts to develop into a flood as more and more opera companies and orchestras announced their 2017-18 line-ups. Here are a few of our highlights from those announced recently.
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.
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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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Thomas Hengelbrock; Balthasar Neumann Choir; Terry Wey; Andreas Weller; Reinhard Mayr
Milhaud, Mustonen, Schubert
Hugo Ticciati; Philippe Graffin; Razvan Popovici; Christian Poltera
Beethoven, Stravinsky, Schumann
Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Hans Graf
Wagner, Strauss R., Langgaard
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Erin Wall
Carsten Seyer-Hansen; Concert Clemens; Mads Wadmann; Jakob Buchanan; Michael Bladt
Orquesta de Córdoba; Lorenzo Ramos; Roberto Pérez Moreno
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Not much to set the heart racing in two works of German Romanticism performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
Gil Shaham and Juraj Valčuha join the San Francisco Symphony for electrifying performances reminding listeners of the true joy of dialogic music-making and the excitement of high-caliber ensemble collaboration.
Overshadowed by its Hanseatic cousin Hamburg, Antwerp recently celebrated the opening of its own new concert hall. In his Symphony no. 2, Wim Henderickx tested the hall's capabilities with a multi-media extravaganza.
Under the baton of René Jacobs, B’rock Orchestra gave an inspired performance that ought to contribute in giving Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria the place it deserves in the standard repertoire.
The Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and Ensemble performed a deeply moving, if slightly uneven, St John Passion, setting off the Oslo Church Music Festival.
Two big-boned Mozart piano concertos played by Leif Ove Andsnes formed the meaty filling in a concert by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra that showcased their superb ensemble characteristics.
International percussionist Johannes Fischer brought almost everything but the kitchen sink to the Scottish Ensemble’s lively Baroque Dance Party.
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.
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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.
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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.