In case you missed it
#01 • 18.01.2016
The violinist Christian Tetzlaff goes deeper.
#88 • 18.01.2018
On opera, voices, politics, and violence.
#59 • 08.06.2017
Why studies questioning the Stradivarius myth are so persuasive.
#25 • 29.09.2016
An interview with Helmut Lachenmann.
#90 • 01.02.2018
Nico Muhly on notes and rhythms.
#105 • 17.05.2018
Niels Rønsholdt sees beauty in the attempt.
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.
#101 • 19.04.2018
The eclectic influences on classical music, in issue #101.
#69 • 17.08.2017
Concert Hall Hopping with Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell.
#19 • 04.08.2016
Science fiction and Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices.”
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.”