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June 2017 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 06/15/2017 Steven Isserlis The cellist finds some tactful words for the Brutalist Barbican Centre’s bathrooms. Millenium Falcon Piano “Looks like a giant pendrive [sic],” writes one commenter. We agree. Thibaudet is known for his fashion sense, but we doubt his taste in instruments […]

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A Daniel Grossmann Klezmer Playlist

Discovering a Genre’s Roots Title Image WIKIPEDIA (PUBLIC DOMAIN) · Date 05/18/2017 Daniel Grossmann is the conductor and music director of the Jakobsplatz Orchestra in Munich, which focuses on Jewish music. In this playlist, he tells us the brief story of his relationship with the frequently underestimated—particularly in his home country—genre of klezmer. I hate […]

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A French Election Playlist

Music of Confidence, Satire, and Universality Title Image Mortimer62 (CC BY-SA 2.0) · Date 05/11/2017 The tension among French people in Berlin on May 7, when the final runoff between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron took place, was palpable. Musicians in particular were worried: Would visas and work permits soon be real bureaucratic problems […]

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VAN Issue 54.5

Five of our favorites from 2017 so far. By VAN-Team · Title Image das_sabrinchen (CC BY-ND 2.0) · Date 05/04/2017 This week, instead of new articles, we’re offering you five of our favorites from 2017 so far, completely free and outside the paywall. Why? One, so that those of you who are still on the […]

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Know The Land

Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director and conductor of the New York ensemble One World Symphony. In this playlist, he explores identity and idealism in music. Here is his introduction to the selection.   “What is it about Mignon that has captivated composers for over two centuries? More than 70 different composers have given voice […]

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A Profile of Chung Yiu-kwong By · Date 03/30/2017 The melody from the hymn Dies Irae breaks the creamy quiet of a restaurant in upmarket Taipei, and the patrons raise their eyes from their waffles and cake and Vienna coffee. The disrupter of the mid-Thursday morning hush is Chung Yiu-kwong, Taiwan’s most noted classical composer, […]

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A Brexit Day Playlist

Andrew Manze, Music Director, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 5; Ralph Vaughan Williams (Conductor), London Philharmonic Orchestra A pacifist and humanist, Vaughan Williams completed his Fifth Symphony during the darkest days of the World War II. It was premiered in London in 1943 and is an unambiguous expression of hope and […]

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Lyric Engine

An Interview with Ashley Fure By · Title Image © Ross Karre · Date 03/30/2017 The American composer Ashley Fure writes music of a flickering and gorgeous intensity. Recently, she was in Marseille doing research for an upcoming work. We chatted via Skype about happy sonic accidents, alternative careers, and the state of diversity activism […]

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#pieces Issue 50

#pieces Issue 50 …we’re reading, listening to, and putting together. What’s going on with John Adams’s Twitter lately? In Lolita, Humbert Humbert says, “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.” It’s a hilarious line—far funnier than anything in Alejandro L. Madrid’s article, which simply makes a reasonable point about tokenism […]