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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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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The Orchestra of The Sixteen; Harry Christophers; The Sixteen
Anna Douglass; Dietrich Bethge; Robyn Allegra Parton; Greg Tassell; Jessica Gillingwater; Cheney Kent
Martinů, Strauss R., Janáček
Radek Baborák; Jiří Bělohlávek; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Webern
Gunta Abele; Gérard Wyss
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra
Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello
Academy of Ancient Music
Bach, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Torres
Orquesta Nacional de España; Jordi Bernàcer; Frank Peter Zimmermann
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The Grim Reaper swept the aisles of the Royal Festival Hall in Vladimir Jurowski's latest programme in the Southbank Centre’s “Belief and Beyond Belief” series which explores faith and spirituality.
Lothar Koenigs conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in some highly horizontal-oriented Bruckner and the UK première of a genial piano concerto from Wolfgang Rihm with soloist Nicolas Hodges
Soon to be seventy, Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields give full expression to the life force that is Beethoven, in their continuing cycle of the piano concertos.
A disappointing pairing of Berlioz and Mendelssohn from a conductorless Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
The pianist’s ability to easily bring out the melodic qualities, the shifts in mood and color from amidst the swirling pyrotechnics is remarkable for someone so young.
One of the most moving and exhilarating experiences one can experience, the Brodsky Quartet performs the entire cycle of Shostakovich string quartets in the Perth International Arts Festival.
A satisfying programme of familiar and unfamiliar works by the BBC Philarhomic under its Principal Guest Conductor.
film music article
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
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.
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.
Film music article
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.
Which are the greatest orchestras and conductors according to the professional critics? Bachtrack's poll reveals the top ten!
An overview of Sibelius' first two symphonies from the perspective of an orchestral violinist.
film music article
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.