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Marc Chagall - The Triumph of Music

Artworks, concerts, and audiovisual elements developed by the Institut Culturel Google in Paris document Chagall's passion for music.

Festival Diary: Conversations

Evgeny Kissin gives a poetry reading and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes talks about the cultural isolation of Norway and the importance of the silence between the notes.

Festival Diary: Master Classes

Master classes with José van Dam and Thomas Quasthoff, stormy weather with Maxim Vengerov, and a tribute to Robert Schumann in the Swiss village of Verbier.

Festival Diary: Verbier Festival and Academy

Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin reminisces about Shostakovitch and Thomas Quasthoff entertains the crowds with impressions of Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan.

Oratorio Marks 2000 Years of Christianity in Corsica

Corsican singer and composer Jean-Paul Poletti's new oratorio 'Terra Mea' commemorates 2000 years of Christianity on the Mediterranean island once inhabited by Greeks, Neapolitans and Arabs.

Young Conductors: Have We Lost The Knack of Picking Them?

The art of appointing a chief conductor is a subtle, semi-osmotic process that survived the publicity glare of the late 20th century, only to come unstuck in the 21st. Europe and America can no longer agree on what it takes to make a maestro.

London Jazz Festival Challenges Classical Music Museum Culture

Every now and then, a signpost looms to confirm the distance we have travelled and indicate where we are going. One such milestone pops up this week when BBC Radio 3, purveyor of sonata form and English drama to the upper brows, becomes the principal media partner of the London Jazz Festival, with 20 hours of live relays.

The Top Conductors for the 21st Century

There are at least a dozen maestros under the age of 50 who have the ability to lead music into the new millennium. Their idealism is refreshing and their ideas original, but will they - without regular recording and broadcasts - ever get the opportunity to make an impact on the world at large?

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Boulez au secours de Berlin

Dans un programme Berg/Webern/Stravinski* un rien didactique (le péché mignon de Boulez) le chef français a su, comme dans ses précédents concerts berlinois (Ravel, Webern) tirer parti de ce qui fait, depuis toujours, la force de l'orchestre (l'effet de masse, l'assise des basses, la discipline d'ensemble)...

Boulez to the Rescue?

A recent Berlin concert series whose program read like an academic tutorial - a weakness of Boulez's - included Berg's Three Pieces from the 'Lyric Suite', Webern's Orchestral pieces (1913; posth.), Stravinsky's Symphonies for Wind Instruments, Symphony in Three Movements and Symphony of Psalms.

Boulez zur Rettung Berlins?

Seit 1993 ist der französische Dirigent Pierre Boulez, wie auch Bernard Haitink und Sir Georg Solti, regelmäßiger Gast der Berliner Philharmoniker.
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