Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra Directed by Edward Gardner
Two composers mentioned in Alex Ross's manifesto against "the notion of classical music as a reliable conduit for consoling beauty – a kind of spa treatment for tired souls" — Why do we hate modern classical music? An excerpt:
- When I was young, I loved the 18th- and 19th-century repertory to the exclusion of 20th-century music, both classical and pop. Then, once I acknowledged the force of dissonance, I went from Schoenberg to Messiaen to Xenakis, and, following the path of noise, moved on to the post-punk sound of Sonic Youth. Some of my contemporaries found classical music by proceeding in the opposite direction: they began not with Mozart but with Steve Reich or Arvo Pärt. To build the audience of the future, classical institutions should make more of unexpected bridges between genres.