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• 14.12.2017

Our staff writer finds the drama in early music.

• 14.09.2017

An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.

• 18.02.2016

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

• 15.02.2018

Does classical music need a Rooney Rule?

• 22.06.2017

George Lewis on opera, genre, and race.

, • 28.04.2016

Scoring Hong Kong film and arranging Harry Partch.




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

• 30.11.2017

In issue #82.

• 01.12.2016

The conductor Thomas Sanderling’s life with Mravinsky, Weinberg, and Shostakovich.

• 28.06.2018

We’re angry because we care.

• 30.03.2017

What music says about the history of colonialism in Brazil.

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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20.01.2020 • 03:23

RT @knitandlisten:“I kind of want to rock the boat before I go,” she said – and so she did. In memoriam @LindaHyphen. https://t.co/8vvaXzDPHk

18.01.2020 • 02:50

RT @ArtsJournalNews:These Musicians Moved To A Dying Village, Hoping To Revive It. They Got Caught In The Culture Wars Instead.: “In… https://t.co/GVHHAjzPwT

16.01.2020 • 03:20

In 1997, a group of classical musicians moved to a tiny village in East Germany looking to combine art, community,… https://t.co/On9w1cPd59


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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.