music + life
Jazz pianist Fred Hersch isn’t ready to quit.
Kirill Gerstein pursues classical with an improvisatory flair.
Something New, Something Old
Wherein the fiddler and his mother attend a concert of contemporary music.
Drawn to Brahms
Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt find a connection.
Truth in Music
Gidon Kremer delves into the roots of musical expression.
Embracing The Planets
Holst’s suite of tone poems is much more than a pristine entrée into classical music.
Vasily Petrenko conducts a worthy Shostakovich Eighth; The Avison Ensemble finds the perfect touch for Handel; Carlo Maria Giulini’s days in Los Angeles are revisited; Natalie Clein offers Kodály; Kammerchor and Barockorchester Stuttgart make a case for Zelenka; Eighth Blackbird plays beguiling Reich; a legendary Tristan sees its re-release; Italian concertos from Alison Balsom; Stile Antico has an excellent Christmas offering; and Michael Gielen achieves expressive Schumann.
The Carmen You Need
Elīna Garanča’s Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera is a sensation.
They Came To Play deftly chronicles the Van Cliburn Foundation’s fifth amateur piano competition.
How Does Music Make You Feel?
Charles Rosen’s Music and Sentiment aims to reason out how music is able to affect us emotionally.
A Recital Hall of One's Own
Listen reveals how to make your living room a listening room.
On the Road
Bach in Russian Winter
Wherein Glenn Gould makes a convincing argument.