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You might have missed…
A Climate of Fusion
An interview with Aeham Ahmad, the Pianist of Yarmouk
Dr. Samantha Ege on her new album, “Homage: Chamber Music from the African Continent and Diaspora”
More Than a Symbol
An interview with soprano Lise Davidsen
A Spiritual Vibration
Kandinsky and Schoenberg’s artistic friendship
The Direction of History
Early-music conductor Jordi Savall takes on Schubert
An Iannis Xenakis Playlist
Architectural music of enormous truth
Video of the week
Saleem Ashkar: The Complete Beethoven Sonatas
Saleem Ashkar releases the complete Beethoven Sonatas on the label Universal/Decca. Over the course of six years, six albums have been released. The 11 CDs are now available on all streaming services.
“In great orchestras, sometimes the musicians simply get tired, as they can’t see an end to the continuous [pursuit] of perfection.”Osmo Vänskä
Most read in 2022
Former Juilliard composition students share allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct
The Time Remaining
Pianist Lars Vogt on music-making after a cancer diagnosis
Consumed in the Culture
Why orchestras need to invest in human resources
Russian musicians comment on Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine
The Pitch of Living
Can listening to music at 432 Hz make everything better?
From the headlines
Truth Over Hope
From exile, Kyiv Symphony Orchestra director Anna Stavychenko helps Ukrainian musicians
The Responsibility of Connection
An interview with five members of the Iranian Female Composers Association
A Queen Elizabeth II Playlist
Music that captures the ambiguity of a 70-year reign
Requiem for a Tweet
What the flailing social medium meant for classical music