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Deutsche Mega-phon

Photography © NILS DITTBRENNER There aren’t many brands like Ferrari or Lamborghini in classical music. For a long time, Deutsche Grammophon was one of the only ones. It was obvious why: the label stood for tradition, good taste, objects of value, cutting edge technology. When you bought something from Deutsche Grammophon, you knew you were […]

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Two Tracks

An Interview with Samir Chatterjee By · Photography Anne Busch · Date 06/30/2016 At the age of two and a half, somewhere in Calcutta, Samir Chatterjee approached a tabla. An observer noticed and told his parents to give him the opportunity to learn it. He found his first teacher at age 11; he was allowed […]

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Upside Down

An Interview with Patricia Kopatchinskaja By · Translated from the German by · Photography Marco Borggreve (Adaption: VAN) · Date 05/11/2016 In a February 2016 Guardian article, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja wrote of staid programming in classical music, “Wouldn’t some madness be preferable to this normality?” Her latest project, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, is […]

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Coordinates of Value

An Interview with Liza Lim By · Photography © Ricordi Berlin · Date 28/4/2016 As part of our partnership with ricordilab, we spoke with the composer Liza Lim about her duties with this competition and the benefits and limitations of composition competitions in general. VAN: Composers often complain that hyper-complex-looking scores have an advantage in […]

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What Isn’t Art

An Interview with Christian Gerhaher By · Translated from the German by Cover-photography © JIM RAKETE, SONY CLASSICAL · Date 02/18/2016 The morning after a concert—with the Freiburger Barockorchester, in Cologne—I meet the German baritone Christian Gerhaher for an interview in a hotel lobby. We keep talking in the car on the way to the […]