12th September: Benjamin Britten and brilliance at Berghain

Wednesday 12th September 2012

Classic FM

Britten to be honoured on 50 pence piece

The Royal Mint announced the new coin today as part of ‘Britten 100’, a huge anniversary celebration of the composer’s life and work.


Berlin’s Yellow Lounge plays host to Vivaldi ‘recomposed’

Club venue is perfect setting for Max Richter’s reworking of ‘The Seasons’.

Benjamin Britten’s centenary celebrations launched at the Britten Theatre

An intensive focus on Britten art for 2013.

The Guardian

Michael Hall obituary

Conductor, broadcaster and writer who founded the Northern Sinfonia.

(Tom Service on Classical blog, The Guardian)

A guide to Brian Ferneyhough’s music

His compositions are the ultimate in complexity. So how to approach the works of this philosophically demanding musician?

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

London pianist plays out against Turkey’s blasphemy trial

The composer and pianist Fazil Say will go on trial in Turkey next month on the medieval charge of ‘insulting religious values’. AyseDeniz Gokcin is trying to raise awareness of the issue by playing one of Fazil’s trademark pieces, Alla Turca Jazz, on any pianos she happens to find left on a street corner.

The Arts Desk

The Art of Conducting 2012

Chris Christodoulou’s fascinating images from the podium at the BBC Proms.

New Music Box

Instruments for Playing Water

The artist Katherine Kavanaugh has designed and built a sculptural installation using bamboo, water, a plexiglass pool, and copper. On Saturday, a new composition will be played at the installation’s official opening with Benjamin Buchanan, David Smooke, Jacqueline Pollauf and Noah Getz.

NPR music, Deceptive Cadence

Gorecki’s ‘Miserere,’ An A Cappella Oasis Of Calm

Twenty years have passed since Polish composer Henryk Górecki became one of the most talked about figures in classical music.