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• 07.12.2017

Feminist criticism by one of our staff writers.

, , • 16.06.2016

A visit with Rebecca Saunders.

• 30.08.2018

On leadership and performance.

• 15.06.2017

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

• 22.12.2016

The violinist Vilde Frang searches for clarity.

• 23.08.2018

What happened to an entire generation of promising composers?

An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.

Kampela on Ferneyhough’s “La terre est un homme” and other strange, beautiful music.

“When you follow Ferneyhough, well, you are going to be alone with your music.”

British musicians, including the composer Charlotte Bray, reckon with the triggering of Article 50.


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.


Audio of the Week

Ribbon Chert

Pink Sea Thrift is a collection of pieces by the iconic American composer Ellen Fullman in duo with David Gamper, an original member of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Band. These ecstatic and mesmerizing improvisations were recorded in the resonant gym of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. The album also includes two tracks of Ellen Fullman in duo with founding member of Deep Listening Band, Stuart Dempster, on trombone and didjeridu.

Editor’s picks

• 03.03.2016

The baritone Thomas Hampson on listening to his own voice, the vulnerability of Lied, and bringing an opera role home.

• 08.10.2017

Pierre Audi’s vision for the Park Avenue Armory.

• 08.09.2016

Where do piano tuners spend their days?

• 22.02.2018

On “Somnium” and hypnagogic hallucinations.


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