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• 30.03.2017

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

• 30.03.2017

What British musicians listened to as their country triggered Article 50.

• 08.09.2016

Matt Haimovitz in Cormons, Italy.

• 27.10.2016

Katherine Balch dives into plant sounds, nonlinear novels, humming, and shivering.

• 30.11.2017

Who loved it, who hated it – “Girls of the Golden West.”

• 10.05.2018

Is a popular perfect pitch course a revelation or a scam?

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Video of the Week

Galina Ustvolskaya

Ustvolskaya might be the only composer whose music is truly suited to our present moment. It is angry, thrilling, and resists any hit of patriotism. (Happy July 4th, by the way!) This documentary is special for the time it gives us with the composer herself: on a walk in nature, at home in her apartment, heading to church. “They’re still filming us,” she says of the documentary crew. “They’re doing that all the time.”

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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. His journey comes to an end in episode 6. (The series begins here.)

Editor’s picks

• 31.03.2016

An interview with Odradek Records founder John Anderson.

• 03.05.2018

Alexei Lubimov is looking for adventure.

• 31.05.2018

Mark Barden wants to reach you on first listen.

• 28.09.2017

Cliquishness, misogyny, and hypocrisy at an insular new music festival.

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