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Collection: Engaging with Beethoven

Date 3/25/2021 The International Telekom Beethoven Competition offers a platform and the best possible support to talented young pianists. Applications for this year’s prize in December 2021 are open until May 14. Another goal of the competition is to encourage musicians and audiences to engage intensively with the work of the composer. VAN has some […]

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Depressuring

The first ever Andermatt Music Winter Festival took place between January 15 and 19, 2020. Three young Englishmen curated the program for the new concert hall: symphonic and chamber music, lectures, and a recital. It was to be a mountainous excursion, with Daniel Barenboim and Beethoven. By Katharina Thalmann · Translated from the German by […]

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Brian Ferneyhough at 75

Date 12/6/2018 To celebrate the 75th birthday of Coventry-born composer Brian Ferneyhough, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has invited the pioneering Arditti Quartet to perform his music in the heart of the Midlands. Also featuring Oliver Janes on clarinet and the conductor Emilio Pomarico, a concert on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m. will present […]

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Collection: Marx at 200

Date 8/30/2018 200 years since his birth, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Karl Marx Exhibitions Organisation present a series of concerts, soundart installations and events commemorating the life and work of Karl Marx in Trier in Germany and Birmingham and London in the UK. Sergej Newski, a featured composer on the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s […]

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Summer Special Pt. II

Five more of our favorite articles,for free. Title Image Garett Mizunaka · Date 07/19/2018 Hearing Queerly The way we talk about music and music history is littered with sexism. Rebecca Lentjes makes the case for a queerer, wonkier, fairer language in discussions of artistic influence and the nature of sound. I Did That Ben Johnston […]

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Summer Special Pt. I

Five of our favorite articles this year,for free. Title Image Toni Cuenca · Date 07/12/2018 My Racist Kentucky Home In 1957, Congress considered outlawing unapproved changes to historic songs. Nick Tochka examines the legacy of Stephen Foster and an overlooked test case for the hot-button issue of political correctness in the arts. #Bassic Beaches and […]

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Two Sides Of A Concert, Part II

The new John Adams opera “Girls of the Golden West” depicts the Gold Rush, an iconic moment in California history when people of different backgrounds suddenly came to live in the same place. With Adams, director Peter Sellars constructed much of the libretto from the letters of Louise Clappe, an educated woman who wrote under […]

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Summer Special Part I

Five of our favorite articles this year,for free. Title Image LANCE ASPER / UNSPLASH · Date 08/31/2017 My Father, The Flying Dutchman A suicide in the family, and the complicated ways that opera interacts with trauma. The Discovery Phase On the frontier of black music research. Rage and Cringe Against Modern Opera Productions, a group […]