In case you missed it
#85 • 21.12.2017
Go deep into life, death, and canned corn this week.
#54 • 27.04.2017
A playlist by Sung Jin Hong, artistic director of the One World Symphony.
#84 • 14.12.2017
William Christie has questions for himself.
#18 • 28.07.2016
Why aren’t we discussing structural inequality in classical music?
#27 • 13.10.2016
An interview with the composer Sarah Nemtsov, a winner of RicordiLab.
Video of the Week
“Ah guarda, sorella”
The soprano Christa Ludwig turned 90 last week. Though this aria from Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” may blatantly fail the Bechdel Test—both Fiordiligi and Dorabella are simply bragging to each other about how good looking their men are—the music makes up for the weakness in characterization. In fact, there may be no better example of music redeeming such an uninteresting moment, story-wise, in opera history.
Audio of the Week
Virginia is for lovers; Romania is for Spectralists. Only France can compete with its depth of talent in the genre, with Horatiu Radulescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, and Ana-Maria Avram. Her work here, “Metal Storm,” has a forthright, tactile intensity.