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A guide to livestream concerts during the coronavirus outbreak.

Here’s our preliminary list of freely available performances that can be heard (and seen) online, including live concerts to virtual audiences and shows from institutional archives. We’ll keep adding to this list, and we invite institutions and fans to send us new links as they come in.

In case you missed it

• 30.03.2017

What British musicians listened to as their country triggered Article 50.

• 16.05.2019

How the artist manager Xenia Evangelista converts hope into cash.

• 30.03.2017

An interview with the soprano Marina Rebeka.

, • 18.05.2017

How two amateurs created the world’s most important resource on the French composer.

, , • 05.02.2020

On Philip Kennicott’s Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning.

• 24.05.2018

James Levine is suing the Met. No matter what, both parties lose.




Video of the Week

The Complete 555 Domenico Scarlatti Harpsichord Sonatas

A person who attempts to listen to all of Scarlatti’s 550 harpsichord sonatas may come to feel that they all eventually become indistinguishable. Enter the glorious literalism of the internet: here is each piece played at the same time, in the version of Scott Ross, resulting in a texture that commenters compare to Penderecki, Messiaen, Ligeti, Merzbow, and Metal Machine Music. Allow us one more analogy: this is the musical version of Soylent, compressing a composer’s life work into an oddly compelling beige/gray smoothie sludge.


Audio of the Week

“Losing Touch,” by Edmund Campion

“Losing Touch,” by the American composer Edmund Campion, a student of Gérard Grisey, has something of his mentor’s pristine microtonal rigor, combined with the West Coast influences of Harry Partch. Performed on vibraphone here by Fernando Rocha.

Editor’s picks

• 26.07.2018

Masters of other art forms on classical music.

• 28.04.2016

What the mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča looks for in a production.

, • 14.06.2018

Does the future of classical lay in its past?

• 21.12.2017

Go deep into life, death, and canned corn this week.

An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.

Kampela on Ferneyhough’s “La terre est un homme” and other strange, beautiful music.

“When you follow Ferneyhough, well, you are going to be alone with your music.”

British musicians, including the composer Charlotte Bray, reckon with the triggering of Article 50.


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Arthur Kampela on Krzysztof Penderecki's First String Quartet:

"It can be seen as a never-ending machine; it doesn’t 'conclude,' but rather simply dissolves."

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30.03.2020 • 02:44

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29.03.2020 • 07:19

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27.03.2020 • 03:13

RT @fernandochavese:'Sonare' suena exactamente como mi cerebro estos días; 'Celare' como quisiera que sonara / A profile of Cenk Ergün. https://t.co/ZW3mx79Zb0

26.03.2020 • 04:43

RT @glendasplenda:My profile of the brilliant Cenk Ergün, with big thanks to Jay of @jackquartet and @AlanPierson: https://t.co/eeALaAtwhF


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Stream of the Day

International Telekom Beethoven Competition
Orchestra final

The 8th International Telekom Beethoven Competition will conclude with the orchestra finale at the Telekom Forum Bonn. Together with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the three finalists will interpret one of Beethoven’s piano concertos under the direction of General Music Director Dirk Kaftan. Which piano concertos will be heard, however, will be decided shortly before the finale: all participating pianists will prepare two piano concertos. But which work is interpreted by which finalist is decided by lot…

The Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn, for young pianists, pursues two central objectives: It is primarily dedicated to promoting young talent and contributes to keeping Ludwig van Beethoven’s great legacy alive and active in his hometown of Bonn.