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• 22.12.2016

What classical music has been up to in 2016 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

• 16.11.2017

Each have their role in the artistic process, and in issue #80.

• 18.02.2016

A poem by David Ferry, in sound.

• 01.06.2017

How Berlin and techno saved Joshua Fineberg.

• 13.04.2017

Steven Osborne’s piano psychologies.

• 21.12.2017

The top 10 composers who only wrote one famous piece.

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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.

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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

• 20.12.2018

A Chinese promoter on whether his country can save classical music.

, • 10.08.2017

The aesthetic campaigning of Against Modern Opera Productions.

• 03.05.2018

George Benjamin on his third opera, “Lessons in Love and Violence.”

• 01.12.2016

The conductor Thomas Sanderling’s life with Mravinsky, Weinberg, and Shostakovich.

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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