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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Bernstein 100

Bernstein 100: the LSO’s tribute to a big-hearted man

The LSO celebrates Bernstein's genius with a series of concerts this led by newly installed Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle, and by Bernstein protégé, Marin Alsop.
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Reviewed in Seattle

An evening of Mendelssohn and Schumann with the Seattle Symphony and Gidon Kremer

Music by Mendelssohn framed Schumann’s misunderstood Violin Concerto in this sensitive concert led by Ludovic Morlot and featuring guest violinist Gidon Kremer.
****1
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Reviewed in London

Mini-Mahler: a reduced but upscale Das Lied von der Erde at Kings Place

Das Lied von der Erde may have been down-sized but it lost none of its stature in the Aurora Orchestra’s performance of a chamber arrangement of Mahler’s great song-symphony.
*****
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Reviewed in New York

Shedding light on inventiveness

The Takács Quartet proved once more that among the long-established American quartets they are, arguably, the most reliable.
*****
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Preview

Wagner and more in Müpa’s new season

Since 2006, the annual Budapest Wagner Days has quietly been growing into a major force for dedicated Wagnerites, the highlight of Müpa’s season.
Interview

Witnessing history: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Before launching his series Voices of Revolution with the Philharmonia Orchestra to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Ashkenazy recalls his experiences as a young Soviet pianist, his memories of Shostakovich and his witnessing history in the making.
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From Russia to Cardiff: Russian Revolution in Wales

As we hurtle towards October and the centenary of the Russian Revolution, 18 organisations in Wales have banded together in a show of artistic muscle to mark the anniversary. 
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BerlinSymphony Concert

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Donald Runnicles; Jeremy Bines; Elena Tsallagova; Ronnita Miller; Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus

BarcelonaVespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi

Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine "Vespers of the Blessed Virgin" (1610)
Philippe Herreweghe; Collegium Vocale Gent

OxfordBrahms & Zemlinsky: Piatti String Quartet, Beilby, Johnston, Papadakis

Brahms, Zemlinsky
Ann Beilby; Guy Johnston; Raphaela Papadakis; Piatti Quartet

OxfordDie Schöne Müllerin: Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (W. Müller), D.795
Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside

New York CityEnsemble Connect

Bernstein, Mazzoli, Copland, Reich
Ensemble Connect; Rosie Gallagher; Yoonah Kim; Brandon Ilaw

LondonDisney Fantasia: Live in Concert

La Chaux-de-FondsMigros-Kulturprozent-Classics

Janáček, Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Tomáš Netopil; Truls Mørk

RavelloPaolo Manfredi piano recital

Brahms, Liszt, Schubert
Paolo Manfredi, Piano
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A trio of great Bs: Beethoven, Bruckner and Blomstedt

The amazing phenomenon that is Herbert Blomstedt leads the Gewandhausorchester from Leipzig in Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Bruckner's mighty Seventh.
*****
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Striking Beethoven 5 from Collon and the BBC Phil

Nicholas Collon and the BBC Philharmonic play two pieces by Stravinsky, Sibelius and Beethoven in a fine concert at Bridgewater Hall.
****1
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Unexpected promise: Bryce Dessner at the Elbphilharmonie

Launching a new “Reflektor” series of short festivals, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie invited Bryce Dessner to curate two days of concerts.
***11
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Songful Schumann from Sir Roger Norrington and the RSNO

Norrington's Schumann cycle with the RSNO begins convincingly.
****1
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Season opener heralds a new era for the Czech Philharmonic

Bereft of its guiding light, the orchestra shows resiliency and promise with a familiar face at the podium.
****1
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Energetic Scheherazade from Temirkanov and the Philharmonia

After hearing three exhilarating and razor-sharp Philharmonia concerts this season under Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jakub Hrůša, this performance with regular guest conductor Yuri Temirkanov felt decidedly “Old School”.
***11
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Morlot and Chen team up for thrilling Prokofiev in Atlanta

Ludovic Morlot makes a grand return to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a program of 20th-century works, highlighted by a masterful performance of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto, with soloist Ray Chen. 
*****
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Paula Murrihy a fantastic Sesto in Concertgebouw Clemenza

Kenneth Montgomery leads the Orchestra of the 18th Century and a fine team of young soloists in a swift, finely detailed interpretation of La clemenza di Tito.
****1
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