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Listening, Not Hearing

An Interview with Pauline Oliveros By · Photography © Stephanie Berger, courtesy of the Park Avenue Armory · Date 04/14/2016 The American composer, performer, and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros performed a two-day Deep Listening Intensive and Sonic Meditation alongside her partner, author and dream specialist Ione, and jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran and his band, […]

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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

An Interview with Waltraud Meier By · Translated from the German by · Cover-Photography © Wilhelm Rauh · Date 03/31/2016 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 […]

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Orientalism 2.0

Classical Music and Colonialism By · Cover-Photography THE SNAKE CHARMER; JEAN-LÉON GÉRÔME, CIRCA 1879 · Date 03/31/2016 I have met Daniel Barenboim twice. The first time was during his first visit to Beijing in 2008; we had a brief chat after a press conference. At that time I was impressed by his promoting peace in […]

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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 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 […]