Classical Music Concerts and Reviews

From our concerts homepage you can find the best classical music concerts and events taking place around the world, featuring some of the best orchestras from the most prestigious concert halls. Whether you’re looking for symphony concerts, chamber music recitals, choral concerts, the most daringly avant-garde or the most popular classical music, you can find it all here, as well as reviews and insightful feature articles.
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August 2017 Hotlist

Welcome to your August Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings on Bachtrack's 'What's On' section.  Your listings should begin with your 'home' city – but only 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.
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Reviewed in Salzburg

Uchida plays to her strengths in Salzburg

On a warm summer's evening in Mozart's home city, Japanese master pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida delivered a delicately crafted solo recital.
****1
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Reviewed in London

An exotic banquet to savour from Les Siècles

It was truly magnifique to welcome French period instrument orchestra Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth to the BBC Proms for a highly perfumed programme of exotic sweetmeats.
*****
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Reviewed in Lucerne

Supreme command: Haitink in Lucerne

Close to the start of this summer’s Lucerne Festival, Bernard Haitink conducted an outstanding performance of Mozart and Mahler works that span the centuries.
*****
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Preview

Blue Roses in Suntory Hall's Chamber Music Garden

Most classical music fans would associate Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its symphonic hall and its great acoustics, but in fact, the venue also has a beautiful wood-panelled chamber music hall named “Blue Rose”.
Season Preview

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.
Season preview

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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SingaporeWhen In Rome

Beethoven, Respighi
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Michał Nesterowicz; Anna Tsybuleva

InnsbruckA Kaleidoscope of the World

Bartók, Traditional, Grieg, Schubert
KMF Young Artists; KMF Faculty members

KrakowOn the beginning of the music career

Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Ravel, Shostakovich, Skoryk
Alina Shevchenko; Olena Mayboroda; Bohdana Senyura

KilkennyThe Orthodox Spirit

Stravinsky, Sarti, Schnittke, Bortniansky, Rachmaninov
Chamber Choir Ireland; Paul Hillier

WarsawPiano recital: Nicholas Angelich

Busoni, Beethoven, Brahms
Nicholas Angelich, Piano

WarsawPiano recital: Andreas Staier

Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert
Andreas Staier, Harpsichord

KilkennySchubert: The Great C Major & Shepherd on the Rock

Schubert, Widmann
Irish Chamber Orchestra; Ailish Tynan

StauntonBrave New World

Varèse, Dvořák, Joplin, Burtner, Bartók, Crumb, Gershwin
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Prom 43: Dutoit and the RPO pull out all the stops

Just what the doctor ordered: a programme of Franco-Iberian musical delights to advance the cause of a Mediterranean lifestyle, with Charles Dutoit and the RPO in commanding form.
****1
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Late night food for the soul at the Edinburgh Fringe

At the Edinburgh Frings, a niche festival of late night classical music thoughtfully  programmed at Old St Paul’s Church nestling off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is food for the soul.
****1
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An exotic banquet to savour from Les Siècles

It was truly magnifique to welcome French period instrument orchestra Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth to the BBC Proms for a highly perfumed programme of exotic sweetmeats.
*****
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Uchida plays to her strengths in Salzburg

On a warm summer's evening in Mozart's home city, Japanese master pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida delivered a delicately crafted solo recital.
****1
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Prom 41: East meets West in Glass/Shankar Passages

The first live performance of Philip Glass' Passages was a spellbinding fusion of modernity and tradition, an exquisite meeting of minds, music styles and instrumentation.
*****
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Prom 40: Neatly dovetailed programme from the SCO

A refreshing Austro-German programme of works that neatly dovetailed into each other, presented with energy by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.
****1
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Full power from the Latvian Radio Choir

Powerfully committed and expert singing from the Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Kļava, paired with thoughtful and calm playing from Alexander Melnikov in two highly contrasting works by Shostakovich.
****1
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Turnage's Hibiki receives European première

As a composer, what do you do when you are commissioned a full-length orchestral work to commemorate the anniversary of a renowned concert hall? Do you try to write something celebratory? Not in Mark-Anthony Turnage's case. 
***11
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Lieder Month

The delicate art of song

Undeservedly, Lieder recitals have a rarefied, old-lace aura that can scare off potential fans. Far from being remote and understated, their intimate nature closely connects singers with their audiences.
Valery Gergiev

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?
Opinion

Opinion: A tale of three cities

Travel broadens the mind. It also opens the ears. For years, I was very happy to hear concerts in London… until I heard halls elsewhere.
featured article

Trust me, I’m a critic!

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.
Critics' poll

Chailly and the Berliner Philharmoniker: the critics’ choice

Which are the greatest orchestras and conductors according to the professional critics? Bachtrack presents the top ten orchestras in the world.
Mozart in Bogotá

Bogotá es Mozart: A life-enhancing experience

An astonishing festival of Mozart in Bogotá reaches a life-enhancing climax for our editor as 1300 people squeeze into a church to experience the great composer's music.