Classical music

Interview: Liverpool Philharmonic conductor Vasily Petrenko in Leipzig

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In this in-depth interview with world-renowned conductor Vasily Petrenko ahead of his live performances in Leipzig, Maximilian Georg asks him about his experience with Covid, his influences, personal history, life goals and everything in between.

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Serving music from a different perspective

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"I was blessed with two very good jobs, which paid my rent and gave me a decent life again. [But] realizing that this was what my life was going to be, I totally freaked out and started thinking what I could do that could be even more creative than making music."

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A lady, a piano & the classical music “cage”

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With classical musicians held to such strict rules and standards today, we may want to choose to simply sit back, relax and not pick apart minute details of their concerts - since, according to our reviewer, they'll almost certainly be good anyway.

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When opera orders a beer at the bar

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Opera on Tap, a non-profit run by aspiring artists, has come to Leipzig to drag opera out of the house for a night on the town. The next show is 23 May at Beyerhaus.

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Tannhäuser’s ups and downs at the Oper

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Though unimpressed with its Regietheater component, our classical music reviewer was largely impressed with the singing and recommends the opera as a good, accessible introduction to Wagner. Last performance of the season: 27 May at Oper Leipzig.

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Notenspur: unlocking Leipzig’s musical treasures

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The beauty of the project is that it can be actively enjoyed, with not only the sight and intellectual senses being awakened, but with the possibility of hearing music samples at each location, or imagining the songbird in a Leipzig park which inspired one of Mahler’s melodies.

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