In case you missed it
#84 • 14.12.2017
Our staff writer finds the drama in early music.
#71 • 14.09.2017
An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.
#03 • 18.02.2016
Conversations with members of Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!
#92 • 15.02.2018
Does classical music need a Rooney Rule?
#61 • 22.06.2017
George Lewis on opera, genre, and race.
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.
Collection: Brian Ferneyhough at 75
To celebrate the 75th birthday of Coventry-born composer Brian Ferneyhough, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has invited the pioneering Arditti Quartet to perform his music in the heart of the Midlands. Also featuring Oliver Janes on clarinet and the conductor Emilio Pomarico, a concert on December Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m. will present works by Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Charlotte Bray and Michael Wolters.
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.”
Stream of the Day
International Telekom Beethoven Competition
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.