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In case you missed it

• 21.12.2017

Go deep into life, death, and canned corn this week.

• 27.04.2017

A playlist by Sung Jin Hong, artistic director of the One World Symphony.

• 14.12.2017

William Christie has questions for himself.

, • 30.03.2017

And that’s OK.

• 28.07.2016

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

• 13.10.2016

An interview with the composer Sarah Nemtsov, a winner of RicordiLab.


Video of the Week

“Ah guarda, sorella”

The soprano Christa Ludwig turned 90 last week. Though this aria from Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” may blatantly fail the Bechdel Test—both Fiordiligi and Dorabella are simply bragging to each other about how good looking their men are—the music makes up for the weakness in characterization. In fact, there may be no better example of music redeeming such an uninteresting moment, story-wise, in opera history.


Audio of the Week

Ana-Maria Avram

Virginia is for lovers; Romania is for Spectralists. Only France can compete with its depth of talent in the genre, with Horatiu Radulescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, and Ana-Maria Avram. Her work here, “Metal Storm,” has a forthright, tactile intensity.

Editor’s picks

• 08.10.2017

Revisit the writing that got VAN started.

• 01.06.2017

Behind the hype of Teodor Currentzis.

• 25.01.2018

On Making the Third Ear.

• 13.07.2017

The enigmatic composer’s obsessions and influences.




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