This Dmitri animated by Barnes isn’t the Shostakovich whose music I know.
Whether new or old, any Luc Ferrari is by nature fresh. Finally we have a book in English, and accessible releases of the films he worked on. His legacy continues through his widow Brunhild Ferrari and others.
Powerful, unpredictable but engaging melodic contours tell forgotten stories, like reshuffled Copland pages molded into Sibelian peaks.
Erik Chisholm (1904-1965) is the most interesting 20th-century Scots musician you’ve never heard of.
Compared to his previous compositions, Ferneyhough’s Shadowtime is easy going. It’s almost as if his California tenure exposed him too thoroughly to Desperate Housewives and American Idol.
Of fictitious composers, Gustav Aschenbach may well be the most famous. There are others, of course, but can you name one who appears in a crime novel?
It’s probable that more has been written about Schoenberg’s ideas and influence than about the music itself.