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• 25.05.2017

The cellist Mariel Roberts searches for transformation.

• 07.07.2016

The risks of using famous artists as opera set designers.

• 17.05.2018

The physicality of music and ourselves, in issue #105.

• 08.09.2016

On the Multi-Story Orchestra, an ensemble based in a car park.

• 20.10.2016

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

, • 25.01.2018

On Making the Third Ear.




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

• 16.05.2019

How the artist manager Xenia Evangelista converts hope into cash.

, • 14.06.2018

Does the future of classical lay in its past?

• 08.06.2017

Listening to Czech music with the conductor Jakub Hrůša.

• 05.10.2017

Berlin’s Staatsoper returns to its renovated home.

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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