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In case you missed it

• 04.02.2016

An interpretation of Schubert’s “Erlkönig” by the composer Georg Friedrich Haas.

• 09.06.2016

Marin Alsop in São Paulo and Baltimore.

• 16.11.2017

Get to know the young composers.

• 15.06.2017

A new choral work by Michael Gordon.

• 03.08.2017

The musical realms of Elizabeth A. Baker.

• 06.10.2016

What’s behind the obsession with children who compose?


Video of the Week

Franz Schreker

Looking for a taste of what Ben Miller, in issue #92, describes as “Schreker’s thick harmonic taffy”? This video, with Simon Rattle and students of the Karajan Akademie, serves as a brief introduction to his lush style. Like taffy, a taste will be too much for some; others will dive in and regain their consciousness later with a stomach ache.


Audio of the Week

Peter Grimes

This week, Sam Kinchin-Smith argues that the drama of “Peter Grimes” is more important than its music. It’s a compelling thought, though Britten’s glassy “Four Sea Interludes” for orchestra might make you skeptical.

Editor’s picks

• 28.07.2016

Why aren’t we discussing structural inequality in classical music?

• 06.07.2017

Saul Williams’s words to music.

• 28.04.2016

The world of custom baton makers.

• 30.03.2017

Chaya Czernowin discusses her upcoming opera “Infinite Now.”




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21.02.2018 • 04:21

What if “Peter Grimes” works just as well without the music? https://t.co/2laE0F6yqN

20.02.2018 • 03:19

An essay on the "harmonic taffy" and "Nietzchian vision" of Franz Schreker's opera "Die Gezeichneten," by… https://t.co/N9lhOuion7

16.02.2018 • 10:50

RT @icareifulisten:"Season In, Season Out: Diversity Policy in Classical Music" is another gem from Rebecca Lentjes and Jeffrey Arlo B… https://t.co/MQ8xnRDqKo




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