music + life

Maestro of Memories How Gino Francesconi became Carnegie Hall’s archivist.

By Kristine Jannuzzi

Transcending Identity

German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has America in her sights.

By Brian Wise

Words, words, words

J.D. McClatchy is Mozart’s newest librettist.

By David Yezzi

Through a Lens, Repeatedly

Documentarian Phil Grabsky wants the right shot.

By Linda Fowler



Mozart’s Unbeatable Three

Why the Da Ponte collaborations never disappoint.

By Ben Finane

Disparate Genius His bicentennial encourages a fuller understanding of the much-maligned Franz Liszt.

By Thomas May

Trumpeting the Trumpet

Alison Balsom is on a mission to elevate the trumpet soloist’s role.

By Damian Fowler

What Were All Those Sorrowful Songs About? Henryk Górecki’s Third Symphony is a chart-topping anomaly.

By Daniel Felsenfeld

Up the Hill, Down the Hill Alpine Symphony seeks outs the narrative that underlies all of Western classical music.

By Menon Dwarka


Countertenor Andreas Scholl sings Purcell; Hélène Grimaud visits Central Europe; Ray Chen plays it old-school; Doric String Quartet offers Korngold; Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Eighth; a trio of classic Frederica von Stade albums re-issued; Lisa Batiashvili can play whatever she wants; Osmo Vänskä, Yevgeny Sudbin and the Minnesota Orchestra gather in praise of Beethoven; Pavel Haas Quartet delivers Dvořák; and try some C.P.E. Bach, why don’t you?

A Bold Butterfly

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as directed by the late Anthony Minghella.

By Robert Levine

Big Sounds from South Africa

Listen imports the latest space-alien speakers.

By John Marks

On the Road

On Teaching

An American string quartet finds its way through a Native American landscape.

By Mary Rowell