KLING KLANG

Founded in Düsseldorf in 1970 by the German musician-composers Ralf Hütter and the late Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk were less a band than an Andy Warhol-like art project, that radiated a spirit of perceived “Germanness” and conveyor-belt efficiency in its studio production wizardry. During the punk-heyday in the 1970s a very British fear and suspicion of Germany and the Germans informed …

Let There Be Delight: Arvo Pärt at Oxford

Born in 1935 in the former Soviet republic of Estonia, Arvo Pärt is the pre-eminent religious composer of our time. His music is at once archaic and abstract-modern; it combines the contemplative devotion and ritual simplicity of medieval plainchant with neo-classical chorale. With its sense of space, stasis and light, the music also reflects something of the boundless immensity of …