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• 13.10.2016

An interview with the composer Sarah Nemtsov, a winner of RicordiLab.

• 10.08.2017

Are large ensemble tours worth their environmental cost?

• 23.08.2018

What happened to an entire generation of promising composers?

, , • 12.05.2016

An opera playlist on injustice, violence, and making a beautiful ruckus.

• 11.01.2018

The up-and-coming alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl.

• 16.08.2018

Music as a cause and cure.




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

• 18.02.2016

Conversations with members of Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!

• 08.12.2016

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

• 11.01.2018

Three calls to action, in issue #87.

• 03.05.2018

Stories from the ground in classical music.

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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Presented by the Beethoven Competition and VAN Magazine.

Round table with Hannes Wittig, Deutsche Telekom AG, Prof. Pavel Gililov, Artistic Head ITBCB and Dirk Kaftan, Musical Director of the City of Bonn
Daniel Finkernagel, Presenter

Presentation of the participants 2019

Concert with Alberto Ferro (1st prize winner 2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Prelude and Fugue for organ in A minor, BWV 543,
arr. for piano by Franz Liszt S 462

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, op. 31/3

Franz Liszt:
No. 4 in D-flat Major and No. 8 in D Major from:
‘Soirées de Vienne’ S 427
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05.12.2019 • 08:37

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05.12.2019 • 03:01

The conductor Gustavo Gimeno remembers Mariss Jansons. https://t.co/0ugclB31Gm

25.11.2019 • 05:47

just reminiscing about the Harpsichord Wars: https://t.co/gFKZwqUp88

21.11.2019 • 04:40

RT @gtra1n:I wrote about what opera doesn’t get about the movies and why it’s fallen behind as an innovating form https://t.co/kaYr0RvcZF


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