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• 02.11.2017

Unsuk Chin suffers for her art.

• 18.02.2016

A poem by David Ferry, in sound.

• 09.11.2017

Tyshawn Sorey is tired of fighting.

• 24.08.2017

Classical music’s bizarre side.

• 06.07.2017

Rethinking the voice with contemporary music.

• 12.05.2016

The prevailing 19th-century attitudes towards injury and disability in classical music harm musicians and those around them.

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Video of the Week

Lord Kitchener

In her issue #80 interview with William Dougherty, Ione speaks about Lord Kitchener, a colonial figure at the center of her opera with Pauline Oliveros, “The Nubian Word for Flower.” She speaks of the “phantoms” of colonialism; the video of a “show of loyalty” to Kitchener in Khartoum brings those phantoms quite viscerally to life.

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Audio of the Week

Elaine Radigue

Rebecca Lentjes was fascinated by Radigue’s music in Oslo. Read more about it here, or simply listen to these otherworldly sounds.

Editor’s picks

• 18.01.2016

A photo essay from an organ builder’s workshop.

• 18.01.2016

Is El Sistema really a revolution in music education?

• 30.03.2017

What one octogenarian performer’s experience reveals about getting old in the music business.

• 17.03.2016

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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14.11.2017 • 05:30

An interview with Georges Aperghis on sound, philosophy, robots, and skipping lunch: https://t.co/WHM4frUXsY

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