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In case you missed it

• 11.05.2017

Venezuelans respond to Gustavo Dudamel.

• 15.07.2016

Composing in the era of entrepreneurship.

• 15.03.2018

The personal and political in classical music.

• 06.10.2016

An interview with the journalist and musicologist William Robin on “a scene without a name.”

, • 30.03.2017

When the concert stage becomes a trigger for trauma, and what to do about it.

• 12.05.2016

The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is fed up.


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

• 28.09.2017

How Shostakovich changed the improviser Liz Durette.

• 08.02.2018

Layers of interrelation, in issue #91.

• 30.03.2017

Olivier Latry and Iveta Apkalna discuss the pleasures and perils of the organ.

• 14.12.2017

William Christie has questions for himself.




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