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• 17.03.2016

On experiencing the Boston Symphony Orchestra live.

• 08.02.2018

The sound at classical music’s heart.

• 11.01.2018

How classical music’s lack of diversity attracts the far-right.

• 21.12.2017

Drown out the Christmas music with our bizarre and fascinating collections.

• 07.12.2017

Wolfgang Hildesheimer’s 40-year-old essay is the most modern music book of the year.

• 24.05.2018

James Levine is suing the Met. No matter what, both parties lose.




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

• 31.03.2017

Mahan Esfahani on piety and conservatism in early music.

• 31.03.2016

An interview with the German mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier.

• 20.10.2016

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

• 04.08.2016

Hartmut Haenchen jumps in at Bayreuth.

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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