Should We Really Be Culturally Canceling Russia?

Russian people, businesses and products with little or no relationship to the invasion have found themselves in the culture war’s crosshairs. 

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Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko’s Putin Ties Threaten Their Careers

The Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and the diva Anna Netrebko have lost engagements because of their ties to Putin, as geopolitics and music collide once again.

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Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’ Doesn’t Deserve Your Eye Rolls

It is overplayed all over pop culture. But the pianist Igor Levit says it is “one of the most beautiful pieces I know.”

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Best Classical Music of 2020

A host of livestreamed concerts, the sounds of silence, time-hopping quartets and at-home divas were among the highlights.

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10 Classical Concerts to Stream in November

Highlights include Philip Glass at the Metropolitan Opera, the Seattle Symphony and the pianist Vicky Chow.

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Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them

Our chief classical critic took on the daunting Opus 110 in college, and now relishes risky recordings.

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For Classical Music, Spring Was the Season of Solos

Large ensembles typically dominate the classical calendar. But the coronavirus turned the spotlight on individual artists.

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‘I Just Let Myself Go’: Igor Levit on Surviving a Satie Marathon

The pianist livestreamed “Vexations,” a solo of four lines repeated 840 times, to evoke the crisis facing artists during the coronavirus pandemic.

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