Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Maestros, masterpieces, a minimalist and a modern instrument aren’t just highlights of the new classical music season — they’re subjects of a crop of new books about classical music.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
From fastest fingers to best-selling albums to the longest careers, we’ve compiled our five favorite classical record holders.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Foliage turning colors, the shortening of days and harvest celebrations full of good food and drink: In honor of Friday’s autumnal equinox, we’ve compiled our top five odes to the fall.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Nails on a blackboard, car alarms or snoring -- everyone has their particular aural pet peeves. We recently asked Eric and Colin Jacobsen, brothers and co-artistic directors of The Knights chamber orchestra to share their top annoyances.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Lincoln Center is where it is, and although the West 60s are a notoriously limited and often tricky place to grab a timely drink or a bite to eat before a performance, never fear. Here are options for any budget, timeline or craving.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Life in New York City can make one attuned to environmental sounds, both pleasing and irritating. And so it is with Eric and Colin Jacobsen, brothers and co-artistic directors of The Knights, the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Now that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has moved its tent from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, the relationship between classical music and style seems closer than ever. Here five fabulous fashion statements in music.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Between earthquakes and hurricanes striking the East Coast, events have become somewhat apocalyptic lately. Coincidentally, there’s quite a playlist to accompany such tumultuous disasters. Here are our top five works of the apocalypse.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We look to music to express things that are true and sincere, ways to express our innermost feelings and bare our souls. But sometimes what was once meaningful becomes cliché. Here are the top five.
Monday, August 15, 2011
In this video, choreographer Mark Morris shares his five favorite dance scores. See which one he calls "the most astonishing, psychedelic, terrifying, hallucinogenic miracle of a piece of music."
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Fortissimo just isn’t enough for some people. To show just how ear-shatteringly bombastic some composers want their music played, they have been known to double, triple and even quadruple those fortes. Here are our top five.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Despite a momentous career, critics often hated on Stravinsky. As such, we’ve culled Nicolas Slonimsky’s book Lexicon of Musical Invective for the five top written critiques of Stravinsky. We can only imagine people said even worse.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed over 600 pieces in a vast range of styles and genres. Watch conductor Louis Langrée discuss his top five in this video.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
It seems counterintuitive that something as intimate and personal as music can be created using a formula. But here are five composers who wrote compelling works using complex mathematical principles.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
On July 5, Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica staged a concert in Strasbourg, France that championed the cause of Russian political prisoners. It followed a tradition of using music to carry political messages.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
There are a lot of anthems being sung this month with Canada Day, Bastille Day and Belgian National Day, not to mention July 4th all happening. Here are our top five anthems written by notable composers.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Before heading out to the beach or the country for some R&R this summer, we've put together a list of movies to watch just in case a rainy day or two keeps us indoors. Among them is a docu-drama on the life of Glenn Gould.
Friday, July 01, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
As a salute to the orchestras that stepped outside the box when programming their concert seasons, here are our top five unlikely headliners -- from an ABBA tribute band to a NASA astronaut.