The motivation bomb

Thursday 18 May, 2006

At just 21, Turkish-German singer Muhabbet is the new pop icon of Germany's immigrant youth. One hit single has been downloaded over a million times, and now his new album, "R'nBesk" has just come out. With his music he wants to "make things happen in Germany." By Thomas Groß
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Bach on the bus

Thursday 16 March, 2006

Viola player Volker Hagedorn has toured with Bach far off the beaten track, a world away from the spoiled European metropolises. He describes the joys of Johann Sebastian, the relaxed travel companion and the joy he brings to the musically-under nourished.
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Off with Mozart's wig

Wednesday 4 January, 2006

250 years after his birth, 2006 is Mozart Year. To perform Mozart you need maturity without having lost a youthful touch. A new generation of young talents has put out a selection of recordings, from the sluggish to the sublime. By Wolfram Goertz

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Der fünfte Beatle

Monday 2 January, 2006

For over twenty years, Klaus Beyer has dedicated himself to converting the Beatles into German. He has just released his eighth album, "Helft!", a brilliantly squeaky psychedelic version of "Help!", and a DVD of his home-made videos. By Detlef Kuhlbrodt
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The long march to Beethoven

Monday 28 November, 2005

Does the future of classical music lie in China? International stars like Lang Lang and Yundi Li are just the tip of the iceberg. On tour with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker, Claus Spahn reports on the classical craze in the People's Republic. (Photo: Berliner Philharmoniker/Andreas Knapp)
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A nice pair of cords doesn't mean it's spring

Thursday 10 November, 2005

A look at the unfunky Jazzrock, one-sided musical dialogues, impressive faux-pas and high-spirited communication games between Cecil Taylor and Tony Oxley of this year's Berlin Jazz Festival and the Total Music Meeting for improvised music. By Markus Schneider
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Brave new europop

Tuesday 20 September, 2005

The pop world ain't what it used to be. Small-fry nations shaped the programme at this year's Popkomm music platform in Berlin. Globalisation is making its mark on the pop music landscape. By Daniel Bax
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The sweet horror of passion

Wednesday 7 September, 2005

Remembering love and death: why we need operas like "La Traviata" now more than ever. By Eva Demski
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The Meistersingers from Tokyo

Wednesday 31 August, 2005

The conductor Masaaki Suzuki and his enchanting Japanese Bach Collegium have just toured Germany, leaving a trail of speechless audiences in their wake. By Wolfram Goertz
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The avant-garde of hard

Monday 22 August, 2005

Berlin rappers Bushido, Sido, Fler and others shock with obscene and gruesome lyrics. How dangerous is Hauptstadt Rap? By Thomas Groß

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Straying from the path of virtue

Wednesday 10 August, 2005

Festival critics rarely agree on anything, but this time it's pretty much unanimous: Willy Decker's staging of "La Traviata" at the Salzburg Festival is a mega-hit. Thanks largely to the stupendous soprano Anna Netrebko. By Jürg Stenzl
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Secrets of the grotto

Friday 29 July, 2005

"Die Gezeichneten" (The Marked Ones) by Franz Schreker, which is playing at this year's Salzburg festival, has got critic Peter Hagmann hot under the collar. For him, the opera vibrates, mounts and climaxes.
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Hero to zero

Wednesday 27 July, 2005

This year's Bayreuth Festival opened with a new interpretation of Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" by Swiss director Christoph Marthaler. The stakes were high; the last Tristan, by Heiner Müller, enjoyed iconographic status. And for Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, this year's performance was an unspectacular failure, with the notable exception of Nina Stemme's brilliant Isolde.
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"Don't touch me" Mozart

Thursday 21 July, 2005

After turning his back on the opera eleven years ago and dedicating himself entirely to cinema, cult director Patrice Chereau has returned to the Festival international d'art lyrique in Aix en Provence with an impeccable staging of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte". But why? By Claus Spahn
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How to empty the room in one minute

Monday 18 July, 2005

Sony has already packed its bags and left Berlin but the music scene is unconcerned. Electronic music in the German capital is in the hands of a lively network of small labels, experimental, alive and kicking. By Oliver Ilan Schulz
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