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Guide to classical music festivals in Europe

A series of annual concerts at London’s Royal albert hall, passing intermittently almost 120 years. Oversees her BBC — and this fact can be seen that for British culture event is iconic. Traditionally at The Proms brings leading conductors and performers of the world, the same repertoire ranges from evergreen classics like Mahler or Dvorak to works, frankly, exotic — so, in the past years, the festival gave the world’s most famous “Cantata for the 20th anniversary of October” or Prokofiev almost three hours and requiring for its execution almost 1000 (one thousand) people First Symphony by a little-known English composer Havergal Brian.

The Salzburg festival

The most intriguing component of the program this year — the masses of the great composers: in addition to the Missa Solemnis by Beethoven will be performed much less well-known and popular mass by Mozart, Schubert and Bruckner. Among the Opera performances of “Fidelio” by Beethoven (which is the responsibility frequenter of the festival Franz Welser), “the Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart and amazing thing of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Conquest of Mexico”.

Bayreuth theatre festival

As always, some hits: “the Ring” given to the latter-day (2018), the chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra Kirill Petrenko; its main competitor (and part-time new music Director of the festival), Christian Thielemann will perform “Tristan and Isolde”, and “Flying Dutchman” will be in charge of Axel Colbert.

Tanglewood festival

This festival is already in full swing, but our review did without it. First, because it takes place in Tanglewood near Boston — perhaps the most pastoral setting to the West of Barvikha: green fields, blue sky, tree — thrush, Bush — sheep in my head — the Sixth Symphony of Beethoven. Secondly, it is almost unique in the world music festival, combined with the wine and food festival, and as the second Moscow the reader clearly closer first, a sin not to mention. Thirdly, it is only the most honored and hyped American classical music festival, founded in the 1930s, Sergei “Serge” Koussevitzky, the best conductor of the first half of the twentieth century.

As always tangled, with the world on a string sewn grandmother’s sweater: live performances Merited radiochemical, jazz concerts, a performance by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (for the second year in a row). Oh, and a few percussion orchestral concerts (Michael Tilson Thomas performs Ives, Copland and Bernstein; Andris Nelsons makes his Eighth Symphony of Mahler, for which performance needs several choirs and the largest orchestra in the history) and lots of nice chamber music (Emerson String Quartet play Beethoven).

The Bregenz festival

The most beautiful classical music festival. Prior to its founding in 1946, the city of Bregenz in Western Austria was nice unless that is located on the incredibly scenic lake Constance — and this feature of the location of the organizers of the festival have always used to the fullest. The most important view in Bregenz are literally on the water — and it is incredibly beautiful .

Superior performance this year — “Turandot” Puccini set is not very well known, but scary masterful Swiss Director Marco Arturo Marelli, a musical component which will respond conductor Paolo Karagianni. The Duo, of course, in words loses last year’s production of “the Magic flute” performed by David Putney, but in combination with the Bregenz beauty still certainly be a very strong show.