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• 02.08.2018

Bow hairs on guts and metal.

• 20.07.2017

An interview with Brian Brandt, the founder of Mode Records, on the future of the music industry.

• 11.05.2017

A photo essay from Thessia Machado’s studio.

• 30.06.2016

Samir Chatterjee seeks detachment.

• 09.11.2017

A visual approach to the art of music.

, • 30.03.2017

Would Pierre Boulez have approved of the Pierre Boulez Saal?


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

Jay Schwartz

When Jay Schwartz comes out with a new piece, it’s time to drop everything and listen. Here’s his 2018 “Music for String Quartet,” and here’s our profile of him from the winter.

Editor’s picks

• 02.08.2018

Critiquing the system means critiquing El Sistema.

• 04.08.2016

Hartmut Haenchen jumps in at Bayreuth.

• 14.06.2018

Na’ama Zisser learns to let go.

• 02.08.2018

An Interview with Michael Pisaro.


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