Welcome to VAN.
Surprising classical music stories, every week. Explore the complete archives here. For access to all 513 articles, subscribe now

Subscribe to our Thursday Newsletter
Be the first to know when new articles appear.

In case you missed it

• 31.05.2018

Decidedly un-chill music for chilling in the summer sun.

• 01.02.2018

Commuters, critics, and groupies.

• 17.03.2016

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

• 04.01.2018

The cellist Anner Bijlsma makes music without playing.

• 01.06.2017

Behind the hype of Teodor Currentzis.

• 08.03.2018

Slow improvement, in creative life and the classical music industry.




Video of the Week

Peter Eötvös Conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös conducts the UK premiere of his spectacular new work “Multiversum” alongside rhythmically charged music by three giants of the 20th century.

Opening the program, the nervous energy of Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Film Scene” is inspired by the words “threatening, danger, fear, catastrophe.” Bartók and Stravinsky’s music finds its energy in darting rhythmic patterns, throwing light and shade across the orchestra. Eötvös’s “Multiversum,” for orchestra, organ and Hammond organ, explores the nature of the universe and what lies beyond.


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

• 16.08.2018

Music as a cause and cure.

• 04.01.2018

For 2018, what we hope will change in classical music.

• 12.01.2017

Songs from a gay Australian childhood and youth.

• 25.01.2018

The trombonist and composer’s formative years.

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.


1 month ago

VAN Magazine

season's greetings ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook



vanmusicmag @vanmusicmag

15.01.2019 • 04:41

The mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, was stabbed by a right-wing extremist on Sunday. In 2018, we spoke with the c… https://t.co/mPuqumSCzZ

31.12.2018 • 02:53

RT @rsl318:queer listening & the sexual politics of musical metaphors for @vanmusicmag: https://t.co/wRCSWvXLJu

27.12.2018 • 02:50

An interview with the conductor Yu Long on the very first "Ring" in China (and more): https://t.co/olXKQcKuhB

26.12.2018 • 08:50

RT @icareifulisten:In @vanmusicmag's Intro series, they "speak with the musicians who don’t show up in press releases. We hope to port… https://t.co/jjOVLukj9x

20.12.2018 • 03:14

An interview with Jiatong Wu on the future of classical music in China, European racism, and Anne-Sophie Mutter’s b… https://t.co/jj4zwjudqh


...we’re reading, listening to, and putting together.

2 years ago •

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

Keep Reading
2 years ago •

Win a staff writer gig at VAN.

Keep Reading
2 years ago •

Issue #54.5 has some of our favorite articles from 2017 so far, for free.

Keep Reading