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• 31.03.2016

An interview with the German mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier.

• 03.08.2017

In music new, radical, and fraught.

• 17.03.2016

A conversation with Olga Neuwirth on the persistence of sexism in classical music.

• 30.11.2017

An interview with Jean Rondeau.

• 15.02.2018

Does classical music need a Rooney Rule?

• 03.03.2016

Playing Chopin and poker, at home and abroad.

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Video of the Week

Glenn Branca

Glenna Branca passed away on May 13, at age 69. Here Cage talks about him: “Last night I didn’t really enjoy the Branca piece. It wasn’t because it was so loud. But I felt negatively about what I felt to be the political implications….The Branca is an example of one person wanting to be followed by the others….I have a different attitude toward life than he is expressing. But we can both live.”

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Audio of the Week

Perfect Pitch

You can’t really learn perfect pitch. But editor Jeffrey Arlo Brown got sold on the idea by a tacky website anyway. In Episode 4, he asks why classical music idealizes the “internal ear,” and struggles through exercises of increasing difficulty.  (The series begins here.)

Editor’s picks

• 11.01.2018

The up-and-coming alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl.

• 09.11.2017

Tyshawn Sorey is tired of fighting.

• 20.04.2017

Andreas Staier responds to our interview with Mahan Esfahani.

• 18.01.2016

Why do people stop playing music? Conversations with current and former musicians.

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