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, • 30.03.2017

Would Pierre Boulez have approved of the Pierre Boulez Saal?

, • 30.03.2017

And that’s OK.

• 19.01.2017

An interview with Nabil Arbaain, a Syrian musician who fled Damascus.

• 24.08.2017

Classical music’s bizarre side.

• 24.05.2016

A conversation with the cellist Jan Vogler on the rise of Pegida in Dresden.

• 23.06.2016

Dispatches from the Ojai Music Festival and Jordan Hall.

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Video of the Week

Christa Ludwig

In issue #87, the alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl wishes she could sing as many different types of repertoire as Christa Ludwig. In this video, Ludwig is accompanied by Leonard Bernstein on the piano. Brahms offers more lieder options for women singers than most composers, but the genre is still dominated by baritones; one thesis estimated that only about 14 percent of lieder are specifically meant for women to sing.

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Audio of the Week

Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky turned 70 on January 10. His Bach is very, very different from Jean-Guihen Queyras’s or Anner Bijlsma’s

Editor’s picks

• 01.12.2016

On the interaction between personal identity and artistic freedom.

• 24.08.2017

Classical music’s bizarre side.

• 30.03.2017

The composer on clashes, frictions, and utopian mixtures.

• 08.10.2017

A guide to the vastly underrated composer’s music.

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