music + life

Music in the Hostess City

Our man in London reports from Savannah.

By Guy Dammann

Meditation on the Meditation

A violinist reflects on Massenet’s enduring morsel.

By Arnold Steinhardt

A Quintet with History

Canadian Brass enters its fifth decade.

By Ben Finane

65 Years of Timpani

Richard Horowitz has seen some changes.

By Ben Finane

Hebrew Melodies

A brother and sister explore their musical heritage.

By Damian Fowler



In Britten’s Backyard

Reflections on the opening week of England’s Aldeburgh Festival.

By Ben Finane

A Difficult Anniversary Composers grapple with commemorating September 11.

By Damian Fowler

Voicing a Nation’s Conscience

At the Ojai Festival, Peter Sellars takes on George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny.

By Delia Casadei

L’amico Fritz Mascagni delivers beautiful music, libretto be damned.

By Robert Levine

Valhalla, j’arrive!

A new concert hall for Montreal.

Colin Eatock


A box of Mahler from San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas; Hindemith from São Paulo and John Neschling; period Haydn from Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; American reimaginings courtesy of Gerard Schwartz; complete Hans Knappertsbusch; a century of American music with Joel Frederiksen; Joyce DiDonato sings Handel; a Charles Munch collection; and NDR Radiophilharmonie-Hannover plays Ernst Krenek.

Contemporary Bestiary as Window to the Past

By Lucia Rahilly

Orchestra on Ice

The New York Philharmonic Digital Archives open a window to discovery.

By Bradley Bambarger

The Ripping Solution

Sooloos is the music server designed for classical-music fans.

By John Marks


On the Road

Learned in Translation

One culture’s etiquette is another’s affront.

By Johannes Moser