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Welcome to your April Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (36 pages!) on Bachtrack's '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.
Italy has such an abundance of la dolce vita musicale it can be overwhelming, especially in the long, languid summer months when music-lovers, culture-cognoscenti and garrulous gourmands alike can savour the best of what this extraordinary country has to offer.
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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Schubert, Dvořák, Brahms
Residenz Solisten; Andreas Skouras
Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Bernard Labadie; Andrew Wan; Brian Manker; François-Frédéric Guy
Sir Richard Armstrong; Opera North; Orla Boylan; Rafael Rojas; Sunyoung Seo; Alastair Miles
Kodály, Tchaikovsky, Salonen
Orquesta Nacional de España; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Alessio Bax
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (W. Müller), D.795
Mark Padmore; Paul Lewis
Schubert, Debussy, Mozart
St Paul's Quartet; Felix Tanner
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Vilde Frang galvanises the English Chamber Orchestra, with the slow movement of Bach's E major violin concerto proving the highlight of the evening.
Thrilling performances of Sibelius and Bartók at the Philharmonie overshadow lightweight Weber from Andreas Ottensamer.
A classy performance under the baton of Sir Mark Elder unites a seemingly disparate sounding programme.
Stunning musicianship and passionate commitment gave two repertoire works a new lease of life.
With a Francophile programme of Berlioz, Chopin and Franck, conductor Fabien Gabel had the constant challenge of exploring the orchestra for fresh insights into each of these Romantic works.
Long climbs often provide the best views. The Adagio second movement of Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony bears the tempo marking Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam… and it is very solemn and very slow indeed.
At the Barbican last night, Gerald Finley, John Adams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra combined to deliver the heaviest operatic punch I’ve been subjected to all year.
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.