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A lost paradise of purity
Terror and transcendence in the late masterpieces of Schubert
Wagner’s comedy is sometimes accused of being antisemitic. But does the evidence stack up?
Acts of remembrance
Commemorating those lost in the pandemic has not been possible. But we can mourn through music
The problem of Shostakovich
Does the idea of the composer covertly commenting on totalitarianism improve his music?
Mozart’s infinite riches
A single body of work, such as the piano concertos, can provide an inexhaustible spring of delight
A celebration of Sufi sounds in Rajasthan offers much to treasure
Notes on sounds and tones
Is music expressing or evoking emotion?
Chords and discords
Musical excellence can blunt the edge of political disputes
A marriage of Brahms and Wagner
Before his journey into atonality, Schoenberg composed the surprisingly accessible "Verklärte Nacht"
A glimpse of heaven
Schumann’s setting of Faust is an aesthetic and spiritual triumph—and now with a singer to match
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above