Category: Classical

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Classical Music’s Suicide Pact (Part 1)

Succumbing to specious charges of racism, America’s orchestras, opera companies, and conductors are abandoning the Western canon.

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The Neglected Muse: Why Music Is An Essential Liberal Art

Music liberates us from vulgarity, intellectual rigidity, and the tyranny of unexamined, popular opinions about music and beauty.

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Icons of Music: Andras Schiff, a Towering Man of Music

Sir Andras Schiff exudes an inner calm and spirit of relaxation, as if he were playing in his own living room, seemingly unaware of the audience.

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The legend of forgotten musical genius Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Dismissed as a dime-store Shostakovich, then praised as a major modern composer. Damian Thompson on the rediscovery of Mieczysław Weinberg

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Celebrating the Music of Igor Stravinsky

For the explosive energy and power of his music, and its exploring of unheard-of worlds of sound, Igor Stravinsky was the main figure in 20th-century music. 

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The Top Ten Greatest Violin Concertos

Though it has been three-quarters of a century since the last great violin concerto was composed, the genre will survive for time immemorial because of the great incarnations of the form

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The music at the heart of Prince Philip’s funeral

One of the Duke’s requests for his funeral was that the choir should sing Britten’s ‘Jubilate’

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Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony: Do You Hear What I Hear?

The official Soviet culture machine heard what it wanted to hear and proclaimed the symphony a masterpiece of socialist realism. Strangely, we can agree.

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Mozart’s Unacknowledged Triptych of Symphonies

Music, in particular, is capable of conveying psychic states—not the generalized “emotions” suggested in music appreciation classes, and not stories per se, but the states of experience.

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Why the Strings Are the ‘Backbone of the Orchestra’

Strings can take on just about any characterization. We never tire of their warm, human-like tone the way we can tire of, say, the oboe’s nasal and reedy sound.

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The Music of Maurice Duruflé

Duruflé was one of the last representatives of a very old tradition: that of musicians who trained for, and devoted their lives to, the service of the church.

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James Levine, RIP

On one of the greatest conductors and musicians we have known.