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• 07.12.2017

On knowing and not knowing about James Levine.

• 16.08.2018

What would singers do without them?

• 09.06.2016

Marin Alsop in São Paulo and Baltimore.

• 11.05.2017

What musicians listened to during the runoff between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.

• 04.01.2018

Who loved it, who hated it – Seth MacFarlane at the San Francisco Symphony.

• 17.11.2016

An interview with the violinist Hilary Hahn.

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Video of the Week

Aretha Franklin

Imagine that Pavarotti had actually felt well enough to give his scheduled performance of “Nessun Dorma” at the 1998 GRAMMY’s. It’s likely that nothing remarkable would have happened, Pavarotti probably would have received an obligatory-but-milquetoast standing ovation, and the world would have moved on. But that’s not what happened. Instead, we, the undeserving, were gifted this monstrous performance by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It is simultaneously a flawless rendition and a giant “screw-you” to anyone who thinks genre distinctions make something like this impossible. Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018.

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Audio of the Week

Ana-Maria Avram

This work by the late Romanian spectral composer Ana-Maria Avram is philosophically apocalyptic. “Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

Editor’s picks

• 12.04.2018

Robin Ticciati wants to hear internal fire.

• 16.11.2017

An openness to failure at the Ultima Oslo festival.

• 14.06.2018

Pierre Hantaï teaches himself.

• 07.06.2018

The composer is the boss.

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A thoughtful response to our Klezmer playlist from issue #56.

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Faced with a hostile government, new, improvised music in Russia is flourishing on the fringe.

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Performing Creativity

Composing in the era of entrepreneurship.

An interview with the journalist and musicologist William Robin on “a scene without a name.”

• 26.05.2016 •

Occupy Handel

Artists take over the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.