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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June Hotlist

Welcome to your May Hot List, hand-picked by our editorial team from the wealth of listings (33 pages!) on Bachtrack's 'What's On' section.  Your listings should begin with your 'home' city – but only 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.
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Reviewed in Seattle

Climbing Strauss' magic mountain in Seattle

The Seattle Symphony's all-Strauss program included a refreshing take on the Four Last Songs with soprano Gun-Brit Barkman and a sonic tour de force in the rare Eine Alpensinfonie.
****1
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Reviewed in Leipzig

Bach to basics at Bachfest Leipzig

Three concerts over one day at the opening weekend of Bachfest Leipzig combined Bach’s music with that of composers from Rachmaninov to Sibelius, but nothing matches the unrivalled bliss of Bach’s own music performed with total conviction.
***11
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Reviewed in Amsterdam

Funeral fun with Franui at the Holland Festival

Half-arty, half-folky, this collaboration between bass-baritone Florian Boesch and the East Tyrolean ensemble Franui was an entertaining mixed bag.
***11
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Preview

Blue Roses in Suntory Hall's Chamber Music Garden

Most classical music fans would associate Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its symphonic hall and its great acoustics, but in fact, the venue also has a beautiful wood-panelled chamber music hall named “Blue Rose”.
Season Preview

From French wit to Icelandic sagas

For its second season under the leadership of principal conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra offers a wonderfully balanced programme. As well as featuring some of the world’s leading soloists, Icelandic composers and performers are also championed.
Interview

Giovanni Antonini takes the reins at Wratislavia Cantans Festival

Giovanni Antonini's latest challenge is the Artistic Directorship of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław Poland, intending to raise its profile on the European scene.
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LondonLondon International A Cappella Choral Competition - Heat 2

Pärt, des Prez, Verdelot, Alberti, Janequin, Dufay, Hassler, Poulenc, Parsons, Gregorian, Victoria, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, Padilla, Morley, Oakland, Bach, Whitacre
Felipe Ramos Taky Taky; Ensamble Oltremontani; The Fisher Consort; Jonathan Schranz; Istvanffy Kamarakorus

GranadaEncuentro Sinfónico

Aguirre, Takemitsu, Tomasi, Houben, Colomer, Lys
Joven Orquesta Nacional de España; Víctor Pablo Pérez

GrazVery Klezmer

Giora Feidman; Gitanes Blondes

LondonDumond, Albéniz, Piazzolla, Tárrega, Barrios Mangoré, Schubert, Domeniconi

Dumond, Albéniz, Traditional, Piazzolla, Tárrega, Barrios Mangoré, Schubert, Domeniconi
Ellis Pecen, Guitar

LondonJing Zhao performs Tan Dun

de Falla, Dun, Britten
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Tan Dun; Jing Zhao

LondonLondon International A Cappella Choral Competition - Jinggaswara

Traditional, African Traditional, Pärt
Unknown

SheffieldEscher String Quartet

Haydn, Debussy, Schubert
Escher String Quartet

LondonLondon International A Cappella Choral Competition - Arcadia Chamber Choir

Gjeilo, Orban, Stroope, Tallis, Traditional
Cecilia Espinosa Arango; Arcadia Chamber Choir
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Robert Treviño triumphs in LSO debut

Nietzsche's Midnight Song is the stillest piece of music in all Mahler, and Treviño’s poise and Larsson’s rich voice cast a powerful and profound spell.
****1
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Mystery, energy and dancing in Darmstadt

The Staatsorchester Darmstadt under Will Humburg performed three mightly works for large orchestra to bring its season to a close: Kurtág's Stele, Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
****1
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A quartet made for Shostakovich

The American Pacifica Quartet was convincingly introduced to Aussie Nigel Westlake's Second Quartet for their Down Under tour; but revealed its essence in the theatre of Shostakovich.
****1
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Mahler's Fifth by way of Ligeti in Seattle

Ludovic Morlot closes his sixth Seattle Symphony season with a challenging program of Ligeti's Requiem and Mahler's Fifth that raises the stakes for musical 'redemption'. 
****1
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AAM tackle Monteverdi

Sublime orchestral playing and stellar soloists don't quite make up for a lacklustre performance by the Academy's choir in Monteverdi's moving work
***11
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The MSO plays Strauss and Beethoven

Outstanding solos, orchestral discipline and novelties in musical arrangement made for another quality symphonic experience from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
***11
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A rousing Carmina burana in Toronto

A crowd-pleaser is joined by a Szymanowski rarity to close the TSO's season. 
****1
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Russian powerhouses from the Philharmonia

Denis Kozhukhin provided flowing intensity in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto while Yuri Temirkanov crafted a polished Shostakovich 5 with the Philharmonia.
***11
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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! 
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.