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April 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 04/14/2016 Gustavo 2004 For conductors, it’s the hair, not the clothes, that make the man. Yet Dudamel overcame an early lack of swoosh to win the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2004… Gustavo 2016 …and now he hobnobs with comedy greats Stephen Colbert […]

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Design Review

The Classical, The Pop, The Amateurish By and · Date 03/31/2016 For our series Design Review, we ask design professionals from outside the classical music industry to look at the visual side of things and give us their honest opinions. These comments resulted from a conversation between Laura Knoops and Hélène Mailloux last week, who […]

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Depth Psychology

The German mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier performed her last Kundry, a complex figure from Wagner’s “Parsifal,” on March 28 at the Staatsoper in Berlin. On April 10, she will receive one of five Opera News Awards at The Plaza in New York. We spoke with her, in the middle of her final preparations, about Wagner, “updated” […]

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No Fixed Abode

An Interview with John Anderson By · Photography Tommaso Tuzj · Date 03/31/2016 In this issue’s Design Review, we look at several classical album covers, some of which display famous performers prominently. Odradek Records, a label which opposes the “model centered on just a few big names,” however, chooses its performers anonymously, without considering fame, […]

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March 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 03/16/2016 Nemanja Radulović It’s that high school band feeling: the audience is super enthusiastic, but outnumbered by the musicians onstage. Lang Lang Method How much of this method is unrelenting parental pressure, and how much is learning to do the signature Lang Lang […]

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A JACK Quartet Playlist

This playlist, by JACK Quartet cellist Kevin McFarland, emphasizes darkness—a fitting counterpoint to the group’s recent and upcoming concerts (on March 4 at San Francisco Performances) of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 3, “In iij Noct.” Here is McFarland’s introduction to the compilation. “In putting together this playlist, I struggled with the seemingly infinite […]

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An Olga Neuwirth Playlist

Malaria! – “Geld/Money” In the 1980s, I was a punk living in the Austrian countryside, and I couldn’t wait to trade alpine meadows for a big, rough city. This all-girl band from Berlin made provocative, social-political, tough-as-nails songs; they inspired me to be loud, and ironic, and stir things up in my uptight environment.  Besides […]

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A Barbara Hannigan Playlist

On February 4, 5, and 6, the soprano Barbara Hannigan will perform Hans Abrahamsen’s “let me tell you,” with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, conductor. Here is her introduction to this playlist, which she uses to inhabit her role of Shakespeare’s Ophelia. “For many of the major pieces I perform, I make a […]