The expanding horizon of Ólafur Arnalds – from hardcore to musical robots

He composed with sixteen already, but rejects the elitist attitude of the classical music scene and goes his own path – which includes a lot. The intriguing life story of Ólafur Arnalds with drumming, existential questions, robots, lost harmony and regained silence…

An elegant musical tour to all Planets in the Solar System

“The design, journey and observations of our Solar System are more than just scientific and artistic profiling. They are about the entitlement of nature, and what we inherited as living, breathing and dreaming things.” (Jeff Mills)

Human voice is the most wonderful prop for dance – choreographer Maurice Béjart’s thoughts on The Magic Flute

“I did not attempt to slip the smallest personal attention, or added message, into an already perfect work; rather, I sought to listen to the score scrupulously (and lovingly), read the libretto and translate…” Maurice Béjart on staging The Magic Flute.

The black sheep of violin music conquers the stage

For beginner and advanced rebels, fans of classical music, popular music, even world music. Sharpen your ears!

It’s always a good sign when language is on the move – interview with Kinga Tóth about her performance show

It’s not like a poem reciting event with background projection and music. For me, all these forms are equal and juxtaposed, I’m creating a “living text body” from their mixture. – Kinga Tóth is preparing for her performance show in the Trafó.

There are no rivals at this competition, only friends – interview with conductor Gábor Hollerung

The International Choral Celebration, held in Budapest from May 18 to 21, shows the most beautiful and engaging face of choral music.

Doing Justice to the Jabot

aroque music usually has a pace of 50-80 beats per minute, and the brain responds to it by taking up the electrical patterns characteristic of the relaxed state, which, according to some researchers, facilitates activities like studying and reading…

I Hear America Singing

From his mid-20s right until his death, Leonard Bernstein was America’s favourite, and the pride of the nation: the first American-born conductor to conquer the world. He understood and felt the American style…

Baroque Soap Opera Reloaded

All three works contain references to moments in Wilhelmine’s life: the self-sacrificing, loving sister, the hysterical arguments between her parents, the tyrannical father forcing his daughter to marry, who even condemns his own son to death.

Scientific, Fantastic Dance

in his Autobiography, Wayne McGregor gives a synthesis of everything that he knows, thinks, and feels about dance and humankind. And of what he has discovered, this time through his own genome.

Natural Born Marketeers

The upcoming generation of world stars seems to care little either for tried and trusted methods, or for our what we’re used to. Or are we dealing merely well tempered appearance?

A Self-Aware Orchestra

Meet the Vienna Philharmonics – the long-established, illustrious trustee of the most authentic Viennese musical traditions that has been conducted by the greatest conductors of every era…

Regardless of Age

Language of music is universal; age and nationality are no barrier to musical dialogue.

Antidote to the False Glamour

“Vibrato is like a disease. Leopold Mozart, who published his violin method in 1766, wrote that some players use it all the time, and their hand shakes as though they had fever.” BSF Magazine’s interview with Sir Roger Norrington.

A Pinch of Decadence

Natalie Dessay has always been a self-aware artist: she took on roles rarely, so that she could give her utmost in them – and that is exactly what she did.

From the Heart of Transylvania to the Met

“My father was a poor tailor’s mate with five children. It was no easy task, but finally I got from the ‘Ér [a river in Romania and Hungary] to the ocean’ as the saying goes”. The incredible story of Brigitta Kele.

Who Wears the Trousers?

Are they just “cute girls on a podium” who make “musicians think about other things”? No way! Let us introduce you some female conductors who simply rock in everything they do.

Bunnies and More: Easter Celebrations from the Mediterranean to the Carpathian Basin

This year the PONT Festival, which specializes in such “treasure hunting tours in the attic”, concentrates on the coastal regions of the Mediterranean Sea, and aims to present the customs of the Easter celebrations.

I don’t know… Am I supposed to know? – Kurt Elling on jazz, poetry and existential questions

I saw himself before me as a singer with relaxing baritone, never-ending concert tours, melancholic and meditative songs. But all the time, there was this little question on my mind…

Behold the man who composes, sings and conducts the same piece of music

He goes down in history as the first artist who sings and conducts simultaneously in one concert or recording.

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