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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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2016 Statistics

Gergiev tops Bachtrack’s 2016 classical statistics

Some people crack open the Champagne to launch the New Year, but here at Bachtrack Towers the corks have barely popped before we dive into the classical music statistics for the year just ended.
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Reviewed in Seattle

Seattle begins New Year with Beethoven's Ninth

To open the new year, Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot chose a standard work, Beethoven’s Ninth, prefaced with an unusual one by French composer Olivier Messaien. 
***11
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Reviewed in London

Anna Tsybuleva makes her Wigmore debut

Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva, winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition, made her Wigmore Hall debut in a programme of fantasy-like works spanning 300 years of music history.
***11
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Reviewed in Cleveland

An intriguing match in Cleveland

This unusual program had the unlikely pairing of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, for which Kirill Gerstein was a brilliant soloist. 
***11
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Preview

Malta International Music Festival 2017

The concert programme for the 2017 Malta International Music Festival runs for ten days, from 21st to 30th April. But there is no question as to which is the star draw: on Saturday 29th, Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov will be performing in Malta for the first time.
Bychkov in NYC

Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
For Bachtrack members

January 2017 Hot List: For members only

Happy New Year! And what better way to kick off 2017 than by finding classical music near you? Or by taking in an opera or ballet on your travels?
Contemporary focus

A guide to contemporary music festivals

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.
Interview

Concert hall acoustics in the 21st century: Interview with Sam Berkow

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.
Contemporary focus

Keeping the Boulez spirit alive

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?
Opinion

Opinion: Beer with Bruckner?

Many composers enjoyed a drop of the hard stuff. But why do classical music venues allow audiences to indulge during concerts?
Contemporary focus

Remembering the legacy of Pauline Oliveros

“Music is a multi-dimensional, dynamic process unfolding as a relationship between an individual or a group of individuals, and sound vibrations.
Concert halls

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.
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Hong KongOpening Night Concert

Moszkowski, Mozart, Schumann
Cho-Liang Lin; Kristin Lee; Cecile Licad; Borromeo String Quartet

PragueGrieg, Tiensuu, Sibelius

Grieg, Tiensuu, Sibelius
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Anu Komsi

StockholmHilary Hahn plays Mendelssohn

Andersson, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Joana Carneiro; Hilary Hahn

BrugesGoldberg Variations - Ternary patterns for insomnia

Bach: Goldberg Variations
Andersson Dance; Scottish Ensemble

StockholmBeamish, Dvořák, Brahms

Beamish, Dvořák, Brahms
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Jennifer Pike

CardiffMahler 6

Bruckner, Mahler
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Adrian Partington; Thomas Søndergård; BBC National Chorus of Wales

ParisSibelius, Beethoven, Shostakovich

Sibelius, Beethoven, Shostakovich
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Karita Mattila

TokyoElgar, Paganini

Elgar, Paganini
Tokyo New City Orchestra; Gianluca Marcianò; Sergei Krilov
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Russian epics in Vancouver

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma brings fiery intensity and technique in an otherwise lukewarm programme of Wagner, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich
***11
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A thrilling tour opener from the Bergen Philharmonic

Edward Gardner opens the Bergen Philharmonic's UK tour in great style. 
****1
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Le Grand Macabre: surreal, madcap, sublime

Simon Rattle leads the LSO and a fine chorus and cast of soloists in Ligeti's masterpiece: surreal, madcap but touching the sublime.
*****
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A history lesson with Vladimir Jurowski

A firecracker performance by Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin giving urgency to music composed at a time that echoes our own.
****1
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Lessons in sin from the Dunedin Consort

Meditations from the Bach family on the human condition in "Cantatas for the soul" performed by the Dunedin Consort in Ta Giezu Church at the Valletta International Baroque Festival.
****1
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The sound and the fury at the Elbphilharmonie

On the second leg of its current European tour, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti fail to scale the heights in an acoustically problematic venue.
***11
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Food for thought: Birtwistle’s The Last Supper

An excellent performance of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper receiving its Scottish première, with Roderick Williams and Susan Bickley heading a luxury cast.
****1
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Carpenter and Tovey with the Boston Symphony

If “the girl with kaleidoscope eyes” were a musician, she might well have composed something like Terry Riley’s 2014 concerto for organ and orchestra, At The Royal Majestic.
****1
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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.
Interview

Follow my Lieder: Anna Lucia Richter

"Just jump in at the deep end!" Anna Lucia Richter talks about the world of song and how to approach it.
interview

Follow my Lieder: Karen Cargill

Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill shares her thoughts on programming, musical partners and how the audience can approach Lieder recitals. 
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?
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.
Nielsen 150

A look at Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade

An exploration of Nielsen's Maskarade – rarely performed, but Denmark's national opera. 
film music article

Italian Cinema and the age of Nino Rota

Rota's film scores repeatedly found the right colour against which his directors' images could dazzle.
film music article

Silver screen scores in the concert hall

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

Scoring for Spain: The film music of Alberto Iglesias

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. 
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.
Interview

Follow my Lieder: Venera Gimadieva

Hailed as ‘the new voice of Russia’ and the star of the Bolshoi Theatre, soprano Venera Gimadieva talks about singing song recitals as part of our Lieder series.
interview

Follow my Lieder: Roderick Williams

Baritone Roderick Williams is a leading song recitalist, a regular at London's Wigmore Hall and makes his North American recital debut in February with a unique performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang in New York's Park Avenue Armory. 
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.
Sibelius 150

Sibelius’ Silence?

On 26th December, 1926, Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphonic Society gave the première of Tapiola, a tone poem depicting the forest spirit of the Kalevala. No-one knew thatTapiola would turn out to be the composer’s last major work...
Sibelius & Nielsen 150

Nordic twin peaks

An analysis of the Violin Concertos by Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen as we celebrate their 150th anniversaries. 
Film music article

Scoring psychological portraits: Herrmann and Hitchcock

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.
film music article

Writing music for silent films

The 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera was on the menu. Except this time it featured music from beginning to end.
film music article

British classical composers writing for film

When ‘talkies’ first started to spread their wings in the mid 1930s, a need for orchestral scores to accompany the increasing visual ambitions of the films was identified. So, who was to write this music?
Critics' poll

Chailly and the Berliner Philharmoniker: the critics’ choice

Which are the greatest orchestras and conductors according to the professional critics? Bachtrack's poll reveals the top ten! 
Interview

Follow my Lieder: Miah Persson

Swedish soprano Miah Persson talks about the world of lieder and the art of putting together a song recital. 
interview

Follow my Lieder: Mark Padmore

Tenor Mark Padmore joins in our 'Follow my Lieder' series and discusses performing with surtitles and how new audiences can approach Lieder recitals. 
On Demand Service

Bachtrack On Demand

Stream live and archived events at the Royal Academy of Music
Search for archived (“On Demand”) or live broadcast events from world famous orchestras and venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music and Met Opera.
Nielsen 150

Celebrating the Wind Music of Carl Nielsen

An exploration of the wind music – concertos and chamber music – of Carl Nielsen.
Sibelius 150

Sibelius' Symphonies 1 & 2: A violinist’s perspective

An overview of Sibelius' first two symphonies from the perspective of an orchestral violinist. 
Film music article

Korngold: Music for Hollywood

Korngold was one of the great, if not the greatest, composers for film and his style became synonymous with what came to be expected from a Hollywood film score.
film music article

Scoring Shakespeare: from silent film to modern adaptation

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.
film music article

Movie Music à la française

In the “A to Z” of classical French film composers of the past one hundred years, the names Ibert, Milhaud, the two Georges (Auric and Delerue) and les deux Maurices (Jaubert and Jarre) stand out.