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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

• 17.05.2018

The capitulation and resistance of Russian artists.

• 05.10.2017

Berlin’s Staatsoper returns to its renovated home.

• 03.05.2018

Stories from the ground in classical music.

• 01.03.2018

Stories from the ground in classical music.

• 16.11.2017

Each have their role in the artistic process, and in issue #80.

, • 31.10.2019

Alan Hollinghurst on music.




Video of the Week

Jojo Mayer & JACK Quartet

Commissioned by the Lucerne Festival 2019, Don Li’s composition is based on a quote made by Jojo Mayer in a YouTube-interview: The drummer talks about the relationship between repetition and groove and how their effect induces a different state of mind (»different zones«). Rhythmical speech pattern and melody of his quote form the basic template of the one hour-long composition. Instead of exploring extravagant playing techniques for string quartet, Don Li focusses on block chords: Dark, perpetual and driven by hypnotic odd meters, they open the gateway to the »different zones«. This visually striking synopsis of the work offers a glimpse at this extraordinary collaboration.


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

, • 21.06.2018

Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic have had enough.

• 24.05.2016

The liberation of the Syrian city of Palmyra from ISIS by Russian forces called for a celebration. But this was no ordinary open air concert.

• 30.03.2017

An interview with the soprano Marina Rebeka.

, , • 05.02.2020

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

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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04.06.2020 • 03:05

One family. Two @MetOpera orchestra musicians. No paychecks until New Year's—at the earliest. https://t.co/WuWQc2HgWj

03.06.2020 • 05:53

From @garrt, how the black Renaissance composer Vicente Lusitano was written out of music history: https://t.co/v3UK1RBc0C

02.06.2020 • 02:11

Met performances won't resume until New Year's. “If the crisis goes until January or February, I have to rethink wh… https://t.co/0vkZAp6zGG

02.06.2020 • 01:20

Anna Netrebko, one of the Met's most popular singers, still performs in blackface https://t.co/IMyu3nK6EV https://t.co/sUd0hEZgxY

31.05.2020 • 11:14

RT @hollyjmathieson:How the crisis will tectonically change classical music. https://t.co/zOkXMJrftP


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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.