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BaselDiodati. Unendlich (Diodati. Neverending)

© Kim Culetto
Wertmüller: Diodati. Unendlich (Diodati. Neverending)
Titus Engel; Lydia Steier; Theater Basel; Flurin Borg Madsen; Ursula Kudrna; Kristina Stanek; Rolf Romei

New York CityTchaikovsky and Sibelius

Tchaikovsky, Dessner, Sibelius
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Bryce Dessner

DuisburgForever Bach

Bach, Safaian, Pritsker
Kai Schumacher; Sebastian Knauer; Pascal Schumacher; Gene Pritsker

ParisMinimalist Dream House

Eastman, Shaw, Lang, Dessner, Chalmin
Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque; David Chalmin; Bryce Dessner

HamburgKatia und Marielle Labèque

Eastman, Shaw, Lang, Dessner
Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque; David Chalmin; Bryce Dessner
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Steve Reich at 80: cross-section of an iconic career

Steve Reich in conversation with Beryl Korot © Mark Allan | Barbican
From the ultimate process piece, to a recent video-opera, this central concert of the Barbican's 'Steve Reich at 80' weekend reminded us what the fuss has been all about.
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Ensemble Musikfabrik in Berlin

© Kai Bienert
An evening of frivolousness and solemnity.
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The Minimalist Dream House Project at Toronto Summer Music with the Labèque sisters

As I sat in the intriguing darkness of Koerner Hall, Marielle Labèque carefully placed the opening notes of Le fils des étoiles by Erik Satie. They hung in the air like little crystals. This was a simple beginning, yet deceptively so, that would build towards something larger. In turn, these notes would unfold in a continuous stream of build-ups and decays.
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A tribute to American song: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Gabriel Kahane

Sitting in the majestic Carnegie Hall, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra almost looked dwarfed by the sheer size of the stage. Cristi Andrews Cohen’s voice echoed as she recited the poem by Richard Dehmel. But then soft hums emanated from the strings, incessant but quiet at first, slowing building to a larger, richer sound that enveloped the hall.
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Tableaux vivants with notes inégales at Kings Place

“What is a score?” This was the question posed last night in Kings Place, Hall Two, by the effervescent ensemble who style themselves as notes inégales. Under the directorship of Peter Wiegold, six instrumentalists brought together a programme of improvisational works that responded to computer-generated scores on a large screen.
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Prom 47: John Cage night

Now they know how many cacti it takes to fill the Albert Hall. Last night’s marathon John Cage Prom finished up, over three hours after it had started, with a wonderfully cactus-heavy performance of Branches (1976).
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Mixed minimalism with the Labèques

Minimalism is, according to some, ‘The most influential musical movement of the 20th century’. Whether or not this is a little hyperbolical, minimalism does certainly deserve real recognition and exploration, and Kings Place hence merits a great deal of praise for putting on the three-day ‘50 Years of Minimalism’ festival, curated by Igor Toronyi-Lalic and led on the stage by pianists Kat