In case you missed it
#01 • 18.01.2016
A photo essay from an organ builder’s workshop.
#07 • 14.04.2016
Transfiguration and tradition in Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht.”
#69 • 17.08.2017
Concert Hall Hopping with Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell.
#102 • 26.04.2018
How music turns ideas into molecular movement.
#106 • 24.05.2018
Morton Subotnick wants to stay insulated.
#87 • 11.01.2018
How classical music’s lack of diversity attracts the far-right.
Video of the Week
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.
Audio of the Week
When Jay Schwartz comes out with a new piece, it’s time to drop everything and listen. Here’s his 2018 “Music for String Quartet,” and here’s our profile of him from the winter.