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Berlin School Kids Compose for Renowned New Music Festival MaerzMusik

Berlin School Kids Compose for Renowned New Music Festival MaerzMusik

It is common knowledge: a school class makes a noise all the time. How annoying! But what does happen if this school class consciously deals with exactly these noises and sounds? The project Querklang – Experimental Composition at School reveals precisely that. It has seized this question and encourages pupils of various schools to create […]

Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques in Salzburg

This was an amazing concert. The Basel Sinfonietta under Stefan Asbury and Geneviève Strosser (viola) performed Gérard Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques at the Salzburg Festival. Having thought a lot about an aethetics of spacial music listening I found yesterday’s concert to be a perfect stimulus. It was incredible to hear this piece in its entirety […]


The Ultraschall Festival für Neue Musik begins today. I am listening to the live broadcast of the opening concert right now. I’m going to post comments as we go along, refresh your browser from time to time. Tonight’s program features pieces by Hans Otte, Olga Neuwirth, Sebastian Claren, and Pierre Boulez. The festival program is […]

Nachtseite der Vernunft

Having just returned from a trip to Munich today, I found the new program for the Salzburg Festival 2007 in my mailbox! As you probably all know the festival has a new artistic director (Jürgen Flimm). Since Flimm is a opera/theater person he has put Markus Hinterhäuser in charge for the concert events at the […]

Tenso Days Berlin

This should be interesting: the newest space for the arts in Berlin, the Radialsystem, hosts this year’s Tenso Days Festival. The festival features three concerts with contemporary music for chamber choirs. Works include well-known pieces by Rihm (Astralis), Lachenmann (Consolation II), Scelsi (Tre canti sacri), and Ligeti (Lux aeterna) as well as premieres by Franck […]

Birtwistle, Britten, Strauss and Schulhoff at the Musikfest Berlin

Inescapable doom and a melancholic fate were looming large yesterday at the Philharmonie, where the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott gave a spectacular concert that included Birtwistle’s The Shadow of Night, Britten’s Violin Concerto, and Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung. The concert was spectacular for two reasons: First, for the subtle programming of the evening, and, […]

Musikfest Berlin 06

Berlin is overflowing with classical music: there are three opera houses, seven symphony orchestras, and concert events ad infinitum. But the city seems to be in need of yet another music institution. A new festival, the Musikfest Berlin, was inaugurated last year and although ticket sales seem to go somewhat slowly this year, the Musikfest […]

Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera

This is the second time that I am reporting from the Landestheater in Salzburg. The first post was on Zaide/Adama by Mozart and Czernowin. This time I’ll write about the premiere of Doris Dörrie’s staging of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Doris Dörrie is a well-known TV and film director in Germany, who debuted in opera […]

Premiere of Czernowin’s Zaide – Adama in Salzburg

Somewhere towards the end, there is a short moment of hope. The possibility of forgiveness. The possibility of reconciliation and fraternization. Everything is up in the air. Will Soliman, the despotic ruler of the Serail forgive the lovers Zaide and Gomatz who are desperately in love which each other and try to flee from him? […]

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