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• 27.04.2017

Yair Klartag wants to live peacefully with doubt.

• 29.03.2018

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

• 20.04.2017

Andreas Staier responds to our interview with Mahan Esfahani.

• 10.05.2018

Margarete Joswig, Barrie Kosky, George Crumb.

• 27.10.2016

Explorations of experimental music with Jennie Gottschalk.

• 25.01.2018

To new music, to vulnerability, and to the tricks of psychoacoustics.

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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.

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Audio of the Week

Ana-Maria Avram

This work by the late Romanian spectral composer Ana-Maria Avram is philosophically apocalyptic. “Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

Editor’s picks

• 17.03.2016

Dr. Joanne Loewy, director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, on the pitfalls of the audition process.

• 08.09.2016

Matt Haimovitz in Cormons, Italy.

• 05.10.2017

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• 10.08.2018

Opera and politics.

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A thoughtful response to our Klezmer playlist from issue #56.

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Faced with a hostile government, new, improvised music in Russia is flourishing on the fringe.

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Performing Creativity

Composing in the era of entrepreneurship.

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

• 26.05.2016 •

Occupy Handel

Artists take over the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.