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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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Interview

Bach to modern music: Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani © Kaja Smith
Perhaps the most prominent harpsichordist of today, Esfahani talks to us about Bach, new music and great harpsichordists from Wanda Landowska to the stars of tomorrow.
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Reviewed in Boston

More than A Little Night Music: Mozart and Shostakovich in Boston

Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
Andris Nelsons' Mozart–Shostakovich pairing allowed the Boston Symphony winds to take the spotlight in the first half, leaving the strings and limited percussion to their task in the second. 
****1
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Reviewed in Oslo

A transformative experience in Oslo

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
After a shaky start with Metamorphosen, the Oslo Philharmonic embodies the evening's theme of transformation by ending on a stonker of a Petruskha, via the perenially fabulous Lise Davidsen.
****1
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Reviewed in Gstaad

Lupu’s Mozart touches the sublime

Radu Lupu © Miguel Bueno
Radu Lupu produces Mozart so sublime as to delight the angels, Saraste and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra give us a lesson in poise, balance and blended sound.
****1
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Feature

The educational legacy of Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein in the TV studio in 1958 © Bert Bial | New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
George Marriner Maull of the music education organisation The Discovery Orchestra looks back on the legacy of Leonard Bernsteins Young People's Concerts. 
Feature

The young take the high ground at Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad

Both lynchpin and enlightened monarch, Renaud Capuçon lifts the curtain of the festival in his third year as its Artistic Director
Interview

Glen Kwok on the Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Jinjoo Cho (South Korea) - 2014 Gold Medalist with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra © Denis R. Kelly, Jr.
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which has been attracting violinists from around the world since 1982, is unique in the-depth career mentorship it offers following victory. 
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CologneSymphony Concert 7

Debussy, Bartók, Wagner, Ligeti, Ravel
Gürzenich Orchestra; Nicholas Collon; Nils Mönkemeyer

LondonMozart

Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K563
Anern Trio; Lisa Ueda; Ian Byrne Brito; Nigel Blomiley

AmsterdamWynton Marsalis: The music of Duke Ellington

© Joe Martinez
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; Wynton Marsalis

PamplonaLa Alianza Anglo-Rusa

La Alianza Anglo-Rusa
Britten, Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Robert Treviño; Frank Peter Zimmermann

AmsterdamSampson and Middleton: Schubert recital

© Marco Borggreve
Schubert
Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton

TwickenhamAtéa Wind Quintet

Atéa Wind Quintet
Debussy, Mozart, Ravel, Ligeti, Bozza, Mortensen
Atéa Wind Quintet

ViennaMendelssohn, Bernstein, Schubert

Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Schubert
Altenberg Trio; Amiram Ganz; Christoph Stradner; Christopher Hinterhuber

MunichHappy Birthday, Lenny

Bernstein
Munich Radio Orchestra; Wayne Marshall
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A blistering night of percussion and Mahler

Colin Currie © Marco Borggreve
John Storgårds conducts Simon Holt’s percussion concerto and Mahler 7 with the BBC Phiharmonic
*****
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From the old world to the New World with Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall © Alliance Artist Management
Jordi Savall, Hespèrian XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo brought an exciting mix of instrumental playing, song and dance presenting Baroque and pre-Baroque music from Spain and the New World.
****1
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Monsters and heroes in music with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Pete Harrison © Andy Holdsworth
In a passage through filmic history in the search of monstors and heroes, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra explored contemporary film and game music.
**111
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Goerne and Trifonov at the Konzerthaus

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | Deutsche Grammophon
Despite some fascinating, impressive and often beautiful moments, the consistent refusal to give the audience time to applaud, pause and digest what they had just heard turned the evening into a wash of death songs.
**111
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Faust brings historically-informed Mendelssohn to Cleveland

Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Guest conductor Bernard Labadie introduced Henri-Joseph Rigel’s music to Cleveland, as well as leading Mozart’s Symphony no. 40, K550.
***11
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Salonen revives Wing On Wing... and it flies!

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen's tribute to Gehry, Yasuhisa Toyota and Deborah Borda seems to come more from his brilliant visual palette than his emotional heart. 
****1
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A Ravel rave in Boston

Jacques Lacombe © Fred Stucker
Maurice Ravel opened his 1928 tour of the United States conducting a series of concerts with the Boston Symphony featuring his own music.
*****
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Hrůša on the verge of greatness?

Jakub Hrůša © V Krsul
How do you prepare a new production at a major opera house, then stroll across the Thames to lead a fine and distinctive Mahler Five? 
****1
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