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In case you missed it

• 06.10.2016

What’s behind the obsession with children who compose?

• 15.12.2016

Matt Haimovitz in Sarasota, Florida.

• 28.04.2016

What the mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča looks for in a production.

• 18.01.2016

The soprano explores her character Ophelia, in Hans Abrahamsen’s “let me tell you,” through song.

• 21.07.2016

The actor chooses voices of the past and present.

• 04.02.2016

Did Claude Vivier predict his own murder?


Video of the Week

Pierre Audi at Work

It’s hard work being a part of a Pierre Audi production—for his rendition of a selection of Monteverdi’s Madrigals earlier this year, performers had a month to learn how to make it look like they want to kill each other with swords while wearing 60 pounds of armor. The final performance was aesthetically impressive, but there’s something about these rehearsals that’s nice to watch—a kind of overcoming of the inevitable clumsiness that comes with a suit of armor. Read our interview with Audi in this week’s issue, where he talks about his approach as an artistic director.


Audio of the Week


Friedrich Cerha’s masterpiece “Spiegel” series contains some of the most effective spacial music ever written. With the recent trend of “spacializing” older pieces in bars and clubs, it’s worth remembering how effective it is when the composer builds notions of space directly into the piece.

Editor’s picks

• 10.08.2017

Uri Caine’s classical improvisations.

• 08.09.2016

On the Multi-Story Orchestra, an ensemble based in a car park.

• 04.02.2016

The composer Georg Friedrich Haas starts living his sexuality.

• 15.12.2016

Music on the border to the Gaza Strip.




vanmusicmag @vanmusicmag

20.10.2017 • 04:13

.@nonstandardrep spoke to Pierre Audi of @ParkAveArmory about presenting the arts in America: https://t.co/9MWIfr3EAK

16.10.2017 • 03:25

Dror Feiler is a radical artist who walks the walk. We talked to him about money in music & running for parliament: https://t.co/RF3EYCUE50

15.10.2017 • 04:03

.@ClassicFM isn't remotely funny. Luckily, we have Poor and/or unaesthetic art music memes for placeholder teens: https://t.co/yRzVL0sd0v

11.10.2017 • 02:50

Yuval Sharon of @industryopera is one of the 2017 @macfound winners! We interviewed him last winter: https://t.co/VRqQEPfYQm




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