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• 25.01.2018

Who loved it, who hated it. From the critics that count.

• 08.12.2016

The conductor John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi.

• 13.04.2017

Steven Osborne’s piano psychologies.

• 03.08.2017

A haunting new “Meistersinger” at Bayreuth.

• 10.08.2018

Dusting off old records and traditions, in issue #115.

• 22.02.2018

Craig Urquhart remembers his life with the conductor and composer.

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Video of the Week

Aretha Franklin

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.

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Audio of the Week

Ana-Maria Avram

This work by the late Romanian spectral composer Ana-Maria Avram is philosophically apocalyptic. “Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

Editor’s picks

• 10.11.2016

The conductor Elena Schwarz is developing her intuition.

• 22.03.2018

Why the conductor’s honorific is horrific.

• 30.03.2017

Teju Cole’s musical obsessions.

• 08.09.2016

On the Multi-Story Orchestra, an ensemble based in a car park.

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A thoughtful response to our Klezmer playlist from issue #56.

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Win a staff writer gig at VAN.

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Issue #54.5 has some of our favorite articles from 2017 so far, for free.

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Faced with a hostile government, new, improvised music in Russia is flourishing on the fringe.

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Performing Creativity

Composing in the era of entrepreneurship.

An interview with the journalist and musicologist William Robin on “a scene without a name.”

• 26.05.2016 •

Occupy Handel

Artists take over the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.