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• 27.07.2017

What’s up at the Center for Black Music Research.

• 10.08.2017

Uri Caine’s classical improvisations.

• 28.06.2018

We’re angry because we care.

• 15.09.2016

Wolfgang Rihm teaches the Lucerne Festival’s Composer Seminar.

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How Schubert accompanies Graham Johnson.

• 07.12.2017

Feminist criticism by one of our staff writers.




Video of the Week

Celebrate the birth date of Johann Sebastian Bach on Early Music Day!

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On 21 March, Early Music Day goes fully digital for the 9th edition of this global, collaborative event where anyone can submit a live or recorded concert, or simply enjoy the thread of projects shared by artists, concert halls and ensembles from across the world. This year’s ambassador is the versatile keyboard player Olga Pashchenko: “I am honoured to contribute to this platform by promoting the importance of early Music, making all different colours of period instruments more audible and visible and encouraging to breathe life into restoration just as early music breathes life into us with its restorative power.” Watch Olga Paschenko’s interview on the place of Bach in her life as an historic keyboards performer! More on www.earlymusicday.eu

Editor’s picks

• 30.06.2016

Samir Chatterjee seeks detachment.

• 30.11.2017

In issue #82.

• 02.02.2017

A profile of the artist and interviewer Helga Davis.

, • 30.07.2020

Fear, anger, and harassment at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe.


Audio of the Week

Enter the world of Krzysztof Penderecki

Although we are still in mourning for Krzysztof Penderecki, the output of Poland’s greatest composer other than Chopin has not for a moment ceased to resonate with music makers, and theater and film artists alike. On the anniversary of the maestro’s birthday, which falls on November 23, we will unveil three new pieces by Polish composers, written as tributes to Krzysztof Penderecki.

 Parker Ramsay – Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 1 (Arr. for Harp)

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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“At the fateful, venomous family dinner, the black and white cinematography is broken by blood red wine in the glasses. The color grading shows this red reflected in silver-grey candlesticks, hinting that the tragedy contained on the battlefield will spill into the Wingrave’s personal sphere. And when this happens, color saturates the whole frame. The cycle of violence has caught—and freed—Owen before he compromised his morals.”

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05.03.2021 • 10:24

Joseph Stalin died 68 years ago #otd. Meet the pianist who killed him. [ⓘ This claim is disputed] https://t.co/zi5z2EzjJE

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RT @nonstandardrep:i had the great joy of interviewing @mcgillab (principal clarinet of the @nyphil, among other laurels) for… https://t.co/qEANJbyzkg

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The last year has given new urgency to an old philosophical question: Can music exist that has been imagined but ne… https://t.co/AZgl90bKWr

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Shot: Jonas Kaufmann's Wagner album Chaser: Jonas Kaufmann's Christmas album https://t.co/1UYaNQEYtn


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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.