Unbelievable, unsightly and unappealing.
— It’s 2014 and the classical world can’t stop fat-shaming women
The year may have suffered a couple of black eyes in the form of shuttered opera companies and orchestras in labor disputes, but as far as recordings go, don’t let anyone tell you classical music is dying — the music and musicians are thriving.
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British composer Sir John Tavener — whose music was beloved by many far outside the usual classical sphere — died today at age 69. NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas look back at a career that took him from being signed by The Beatles’ Apple label to a performance of his music as part of Princess Diana’s funeral.
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From pulsing techno to alluring ambient, hear what happens when electronic artists conjure classical music in handy 6-track list.
Last September, conductor Yuri Temirkanov announced to the Moscow-based Nezavisimaya Gazeta, “The essence of the conductor’s profession is strength. The essence of a woman is weakness.”
Watch the celebrated violinist Daniel Hope play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights with jazz bassist Ben Allison at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
From minimalists to maximalists, classical composers have found new uses for the electric guitar. From Glenn Branca to Steve Reich, here are five composers that turn it up to 11.
The essence of a for-profit company is that it makes money for its shareholders, but the essence of a not-for-profit orchestra is that it makes wonderful music for its audience. The goal is not to balance a budget by giving great concerts; the goal is to use a well-planned budget to produce truly great concerts. The music is the mission, not the money.
— Real talk from Aspen Music Festival president and CEO Alan Fletcher on the ongoing battles between classical musicians and management