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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Noriko Ogawa talks about musicianship

Pianist Noriko Ogawa, former Leeds prizewinner and sought after competition judge, shares her personal experiences and views on piano competitions.
December 2017
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Reviewed in London

Autumnal bacchanale from the LPO

In the last week, the LPO has been on a journey through the seasons. Tonight, it was mists and mellow fruitfulness, courtesy of rarities by Respighi and Marx.
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Reviewed in Lucerne

Mindful mission, perfect poet

The gifted Norwegian pianist brought a programme of varied and demanding works to the fourth recital of Lucerne’s renowned Piano Festival.
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Reviewed in Dublin

Znaider's triumph in Dublin: magnificent Beethoven and powerful Shostakovich

A sumptuous, elegant rendition of Beethoven's Violin Concerto by Nikolaj Znaider, while exchanging violin for baton, Znaider conducts the NSO in a fascinating rendition of Shostakovich's Symphony no. 5.
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Passionate about piano: Alain Lompech

Meet Alain Lompech, music critic and piano specialist, who for forty years has watched the development of the music scene in France and abroad.

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.

Cyprien Katsaris, the good genie of the piano

Interview which strays off the beaten track with the pianist Cyprien Katsaris, ardent defender of piano transcription and of forgotten composers.
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BilbaoLiszt, Marhulets, Bartók

Liszt, Marhulets, Bartók
Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa; John Axelrod; David Krakauer

LondonThe Choir of King's College London

Nicolai, Praetorius, Weckmann, Buxtehude, Telemann, Bach, Bach J.C.F.
Joseph Fort; Choir of King's College London

EdinburghTchaikovsky Five

Herrmann, Korngold, Tchaikovsky
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; John Storgårds; Baiba Skride


BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Gavin Sutherland; Clare Teal; BBC National Chorus of Wales


Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a
Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga; Franciso José Martín Jaime; Escolanía Santa M.ª de la Victoria


Handel: Messiah
Gothenburg Symphony; Nathalie Stutzmann; Gothenburg Symphony Choir


Verdi: Otello
Edward Gardner; Peter Mumford; Bergen National Opera; Stuart Skelton; Lester Lynch; Hanna Hipp

BrusselsSongs for the Crossing

Debussy, Ravel, D'Hoe, Ešenvalds
Brussels Philharmonic; Jun Märkl; Hanne Roos; Flemish Radio Choir
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Rattle brings out the LSO's brilliance in Das Lied von der Erde

Rattle and the LSO give hundreds of moments of individual brilliance in this most symphonic of song cycles, but with both soloists giving grounds for reservation.
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Lully's Alceste a great success in Versailles

Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques perform Alceste, the most recent effort in their almost complete set of Lully's operas. A strong cast and a remarkable chorus complete a successful performance.
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Novel approaches to old favourites

Carlo Rizzi conducts The Hallé in a programme of inventive and thrilling approaches to Resoighi, Rachmaninov and Rossini at Bridgewater Hall.
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Xian Zhang thrills in Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Xian Zhang made her Los Angeles debut in a program of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev,and Chen Yi.
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Bach's Brandenburgs shine in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's holiday musical offering

Continuing a decades-long holiday season tradition, the SPCO presents five of Bach's six Brandenburg Concerti in performances brimming with energy and élan.
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Ancient and Modern: a beautiful Winter Chorale

The Scottish Ensemble is joined by I Fagiolini in a Winter Chorale linking ancient and modern music for Advent and Christmas. 
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Renaud Capuçon finds the tragedy in Shostakovich

The UK première of Shchedrin's Dialogues with Shostakovich was followed by powerful Shostakovich. 
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Balancing longueurs and invention

Three works performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin included few novel musical ideas relative to their lengths.
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