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Female Voices

Twelve women composers worth knowing

Not So New at All Any More

Contemporary classical music: a short history of the sound of the 20th century

Iannis Xenakis: Architect of Sound

Resounding walls and audible spaces: in the work of Iannis Xenakis, music and architecture merge.

György Ligeti: A Love of Games

The Hungarian composer pulled off a rare feat in his music.

The Harpsichord

Everything you need to know about this venerable instrument – and about a beautiful one from Hamburg

The Big Beethoven ABC

To mark the composer’s 250th birthday: Ludwig van Beethoven from A to Z.

Lisa Streich: What she wants to hear

The swedish composer has shimmering, crystalline sounds in mind for the Elbphilharmonie. Thanks to a composition prize, she now has the chance to realise her ideas.

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: Video-Portrait: Thomas Adès

Zeitgenössische klassische Musik, die Menschen erreicht – die gibt es! Ein Portrait über den britischen Komponisten Thomas Adès.

The whole world in music

How different cultures find one another: a short history of world music.

György Kurtág: Every note in the right place

Late fame through polished and radically reduced music: About the composer György Kurtág.

The Art of Alteration

Beethoven's 33 »Diabelli Variations« and the new reading by Hans Zender.

Handel's Secret

Even in his own lifetime, Handel was feted like a pop star. What was the composer's secret?

Unusual Stories from the Laeiszhalle

Ten of the most entertaining stories about Hamburg's venerable concert hall.

Elbphilharmonie explains: The theorbo

How the oversized lute came to dominate Renaissance stages.

Music for Organ: Top 7

Strange, sacred, intoxicating: These pieces wrote organ history.

»Believe« and music

It is only belief that makes us human.