Some impressions of the performance of Arvo Pärt's Passio on 26 March 2013 at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam – including standing ovations.
Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett!
Here is our special edition rerelease of the legendary ECM recording of Arvo Pärt's Fratres by Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett from 1984.
The programme also includes Adams’ own Violin Concerto (with Leila Josefowicz as the soloist) and the US West-Coast première of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 9.
Here’s an excerpt of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten:
Happy Birthday Alban Berg! He was born on 9 February 1885, 127 years ago today.
On this day in 1945, Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke was premièred in Basel by the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Paul Sacher.
In 1949, the orchestral suite of Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod was premièred in Baden Baden by the Radio Orchestra.
20 years ago today, on 9 February 1992, Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexiko was first heard at the Hamburg State Opera – Ingo Metzmacher conducted. Here’s a German introduction on the Deutschlandfunk radio website.
And on the same day in 1992, Arvo Pärt’s And One of the Pharisees ... was given its world première by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices.
Before we disappear amongst the Christmas wrapping, here are a few tips for your listening pleasure over the holidays.
Pierre Boulez’ Notations are on Radio SWR2 tonight (Friday) at 8pm German time.
David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:45pm London time.
Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat is sung by the NDR choir tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 7pm German time on Radio NDR Kultur.
Once the new year kicks off, listen to the Arditti Quartet performing Vykintas Baltakas’ string quartet b(ell tree) on SWR2 on Wednesday 4th January at 11pm German time.
French speakers might like to listen to France Culture’s Villes Mondes Vienne episode, which was first broadcast on 13th November and contains an interview with Friedrich Cerha.
The peaceful beauty of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel underlines the narrative of this short film by Errol Morris, now available on the New York Times website.
In The Umbrella Man, Morris talks to Josiah “Tink” Thompson, the author of the book “Six seconds in Dallas”, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy 48 years ago today.
Who was the Umbrella Man?
Update 24.11.11: To play the video, you need to click on the image above, then click on the almost invisible 'Play' button in the bottom left of the image on the New York Times website, and then once again once the video has loaded ...
AD LUCEM. Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt
This Saturday (1 Oct) an exhibition of contemporary art dedicated to Arvo Pärt and curated by Angela Madesani opens at the Studio La Città in Verona.
A tribute concert will take place on Saturday 8 Oct with the composer in attendance.
How do locals and visitors escape and find respite in New York, a “city that never sleeps”?
The Guggenheim Museum responds with stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of New York’s five boroughs.
For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, Arvo Pärt and the renowned architects’ studio Snøhetta collaborate on a series of stillspots around Lower Manhattan that explore the special relationship between space and sound.
Read more on the stillspotting website.
At 11 o’clock this morning, Arvo Pärt will be performing his Vater unser (Our Father) for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.
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There's also an audio excerpt of Pärt himself performing with the soprano Heldur Harry Põlda.
“I’m greatly moved and I’d like to thank the Classic BRIT Awards and my country,” Pärt said in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday.
The full ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on ITV1 at 10pm on Sunday 29 May.
Every year, the Konrad Adenauer Trust pays tribute to an important cultural figure. This year’s homage was dedicated to Arvo Pärt.