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United Kingdom's Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance

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Bachtrack Guide to the BBC Proms 2014

BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall © Marcus Ginns
For the latest reviews from the BBC Proms and to find out not only what's coming up but also our editor's picks, read our Guide to the BBC Proms which is updated every day.

Musical opportunities in North-East England

The musical life of North-East England is incredibly rich and varied, but it is also home to thriving music education services, with a strong commitment to bringing music to children of all backgrounds and abilities. 

Dartington Summer School

This article introduces two summer schools which have been hugely enjoyable and beneficial to me as a baroque violinist while I was a student: Dartington International Summer School and ‘Music in Venice’.

Contemporary Focus

During October, we focus on the here and now, with contemporary music and dance featured in a number of articles. We have spoken to a number of composers and choreographers about their work accross various mediums, and their collaborations with other contemporary artists.
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Winterreise

Schubert: Winterreise
Sir Thomas Allen; Joseph Middleton

Nutcracker, The

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Russian State Ballet and Opera House

Freddy Kempf: World War One Commemoration Piano Recital

Beethoven, Elgar, Ravel, Gershwin, Rachmaninov
Freddy Kempf, Piano

BBC Philharmonic: Beethoven and Schubert

Matthews C., Schubert, Beethoven
BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena; Renaud Capuçon

Bartered Bride, The

Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Anthony Kraus; Daniel Slater; Opera North; James Holmes; Robert Innes Hopkins; Jennifer France
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Masterful Bruckner from Haitink and the LSO

Haitink's Bruckner is begining to show signs of his age, but occasional problems of stamina and focus were of little consequence to this otherwise powerful and authoritative reading.
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Jette Parker Young Artists deliver vivacious Rossini

Figaro rules the roost on the main stage this autumn, but buried in the Nibelheim of the Linbury Studio, Rossini'ss early comedy La scala di seta receives its first ever production by the Royal Opera.
****1
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Mediterranean delights from the CBSO

Fellow Frenchmen Alain Altinoglu and Renaud Capuçon make for fine partners in a rare outing for Berlioz's Harold in Italy
****1
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‘The French Beethoven’ unmasked by the OAE

The name George Onslow may conjure up images of whippets, pints and rolling Yorkshire dales, but he was in fact born in Clermont-Ferrand in 1784 and was known as ‘the French Beethoven’. 
***11
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A tense, eerie Turn of the Screw

Slick, surreal and creepy, with a strong cast of exciting young singers: it's hard to imagine a Turn of the Screw better than Glyndebourne's Jonathan Kent version, revived for their 2014 Tour by Francesca Gilpin. 
****1
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