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• 24.05.2016

“The assumption is often that music is used to drown out other sounds of torture; in fact, music is an additional weapon used against prisoners.”

• 14.06.2018

Na’ama Zisser learns to let go.

• 27.04.2017

A playlist by Sung Jin Hong, artistic director of the One World Symphony.

• 22.09.2016

Who’s Your Conductor Soul Mate?

• 18.02.2016

The director Morgan Neville discusses his documentary on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

, • 30.06.2016

The evolving relevance of John Adams and his music.




Video of the Week

Russian Musicians Getting Honors

Feeling cynical about Russia after “The Death of Stalin”? This video only lasts a minute and a half, but it might well do its part to make your day feel a little cozier. With so much negativity out there, every once in a while it’s nice to find some wholesome 20th-century virtuosi content online.


Audio of the Week

Ribbon Chert

Pink Sea Thrift is a collection of pieces by the iconic American composer Ellen Fullman in duo with David Gamper, an original member of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Band. These ecstatic and mesmerizing improvisations were recorded in the resonant gym of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. The album also includes two tracks of Ellen Fullman in duo with founding member of Deep Listening Band, Stuart Dempster, on trombone and didjeridu.

Editor’s picks

• 05.04.2018

Writing and thinking about the very first instrument.

• 21.09.2017

Roland Kayn’s cybernetic compositions.

• 01.12.2016

The conductor Thomas Sanderling’s life with Mravinsky, Weinberg, and Shostakovich.

• 22.02.2018

Can music connect us with a greater power? Answers, in issue #93.

An interview with Brian Ferneyhough.

Kampela on Ferneyhough’s “La terre est un homme” and other strange, beautiful music.

“When you follow Ferneyhough, well, you are going to be alone with your music.”

British musicians, including the composer Charlotte Bray, reckon with the triggering of Article 50.


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07.03.2019 • 02:20

An interview with Laurie Anderson on Bartók and the end of the world https://t.co/J4DAYNq2D4

06.03.2019 • 05:11

RT @aucoincomposer:in deep agreement with @emily_doolittle's urgent essay for @vanmusicmag: "We need the freedom to let art emerge fro… https://t.co/9yIoFZQGsv

05.03.2019 • 01:37

One of these playlists almost broke our correspondent's back: https://t.co/BQprydsM6i https://t.co/jqeTrP4CC8

27.02.2019 • 11:32

RT @benwritesthings:All kidding aside this is a great piece in the Times and yet another big classical music story that originated with… https://t.co/uQbFMfNWj6

27.02.2019 • 09:30

RT @nytimesarts:Daniel Barenboim, the superstar conductor, is being accused of bullying and humiliating musicians https://t.co/1PodSy0BrS


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