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In case you missed it

• 18.01.2016

A photo essay from an organ builder’s workshop.

• 14.04.2016

Transfiguration and tradition in Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht.”

• 17.08.2017

Concert Hall Hopping with Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell.

• 26.04.2018

How music turns ideas into molecular movement.

• 24.05.2018

Morton Subotnick wants to stay insulated.

• 11.01.2018

How classical music’s lack of diversity attracts the far-right.


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

• 16.11.2017

An openness to failure at the Ultima Oslo festival.

• 08.03.2018

Deeply personal essays on performing.

• 26.07.2018

Where music takes us.

• 18.01.2018

Who has it and who doesn’t, in issue #88.


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