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• 30.06.2016

On Autism and emotion in music.

• 17.03.2016

A new staging of George Benjamin’s opera “Written On Skin.”

• 26.04.2018

Look back to our music and sexuality issue.

• 04.01.2018

The cellist Anner Bijlsma makes music without playing.

• 07.07.2016

The risks of using famous artists as opera set designers.

• 01.03.2018

Stories from the ground in classical 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

• 04.10.2018

The decline of one of America’s great composers.

• 08.10.2017

Like the artists and makers this week have done.

• 18.01.2016

Why do people stop playing music? Conversations with current and former musicians.

• 28.04.2016

What the mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča looks for in a production.

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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