music + life

Conducting Cameras

The detailed choreography of Live From Lincoln Center.

By Ben Finane

The Producer Legendary producer Steven Epstein on the art and science of making records sound right.

By Thomas May

Channeling Scriabin

Pianist Xiayin Wang dives into beauty and tragedy.

By Brian Wise

Incidental Sibelius Jean Sibelius was a master of theatrical music.

By David Hurwitz


Ornette’s Turnaround

A jazz master’s music seeks out the universal.

By Clifford S. Tinder

Celebrating Messiah

After 250 years, we still sing ‘Hallelujah’ for Handel.

By Ben Finane

Power Trio

Lang Lang, Mischa Maisky and Vadim Repin tackle the Russians.

By Damian Fowler


Murray Perahia remains a Bach master; Poia Bayteiman plays Latin; A Marian Christmas from St. Martin’s Chamber Choir; Rautavaara’s concertos receive fine treatment; Bychkov’s Lohengrin is now one to beat; Gergiev and The Mariinsky find The Nose; Amsterdam Sinfonietta plays Czech; Skip Sempé sounds French; Renée Fleming sings Verismo; and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra revivifies work by Max Bruch.

Messiaen’s Strange, Wonderful Gem

Robert Levine

Gift Guide

Holiday Delights

Listen has your wish lists covered.

The Electrostatic Panel Loudspeakers

An unconventional design finds respected followers.


Erich Kunzel

Erich Kunzel

The maestro of the Cincinnati Pops.

By Dan Davis