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In case you missed it

• 09.11.2017

How three artists do it, in issue #79.

• 27.04.2017

A playlist by Sung Jin Hong, artistic director of the One World Symphony.

• 14.04.2016

The composers who matter to Ilan Volkov.

• 25.05.2017

Improvisations by Rhymes With Opera.

• 12.05.2016

The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is fed up.

• 11.01.2018

Three calls to action, in issue #87.

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Video of the Week

“Poème Symphonique”

Classical music is a little too into round numbers. It often seems that endless birth-year, death-year, on-this-day celebrations preclude proper, considered programming. But despite our cynicism, we are still pretty proud of making it to issue #101. Here’s György Ligeti’s “Poème Symphonique” for 100 metronomes, for some slightly off-kilter symbolism. 

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Audio of the Week

Perfect Pitch

You can’t really learn perfect pitch. But editor Jeffrey Arlo Brown got sold on the idea by a tacky website anyway. Listen to him trying, and investigating that tacky website, in episode 2 of our series Tonefoil Hat. Or, get started here.

Editor’s picks

• 30.03.2017

What gets lost when orchestras share their conductors.

• 17.03.2016

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

• 30.03.2017

The composer on clashes, frictions, and utopian mixtures.

• 31.03.2016

A new production of “Lucia di Lammermoor,” by Heartbeat Opera.

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