Freedom to Fail
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Pianist as Photographer
Christian Steiner balked at becoming a concert pianist, to the benefit of musicians.
A former Wagnerian finds Puccini.
A pianist insinuates classical music into The Big Easy.
Yuja Wang puts together a Transformative recital; Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä plays Kraus; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Gurrelieder; Prokofiev String Quartets meet Pavel Haas Quartet; it’s a Russian affair for Mikhail Pletnev; duo Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch offers Die schöne Müllerin; young Martha Argerich got on well with Chopin; Trio Wanderer delivers Fauré très fort; Sara Davis Buechner has jazzy Suesse; Stéphane Denève interprets Roussel; Terry Riley’s In C gets remixed; violinist Benjamin Breen goes for broke; the Helsinki Philharmonic introduces you to Uuno Klami; and Morton Gould is in the capable hands of David Alan Miller.
Two new DVDs of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Who knew?
Reviving Your Vinyl
Listen offers the best in vinyl playback, maintenance and classical LPs.
On the Road
Concerts That Very Nearly Weren't
Guangzhou threatens to blemish the Tallis Scholars’ perfect-attendance record.