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• 09.06.2016

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

• 30.03.2017

What gets lost when orchestras share their conductors.

• 30.08.2018

On Tippet Rise, a classical music festival on Native American land.

• 03.05.2018

Alexei Lubimov is looking for adventure.

• 15.09.2016

The mixes of the electroacoustic composer Carl Stone.

• 01.03.2018

Why airlines don’t care about your instrument.

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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?”

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• 16.11.2017

Ione completes an opera by her late partner Pauline Oliveros.

• 13.07.2017

The sounding objects of Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong.

• 30.03.2017

Musicians and listeners respond to our survey.

• 06.10.2016

Cult appeal and the universe with the composer Dylan Mattingly.

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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.