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Classical music

When music could not transcend evil.

June 22 2017 12:01AM

The great composer was a devout Christian, but what did he think of the Jews?

Alex Ross
Jan. 9 2017 12:01AM

What every musician seeks most.

Norman Lebrecht
Oct. 11 2016 12:01AM

Jerzy Fitelberg was a favorite of Aaron Copland and Arthur Rubinstein. Then he was lost to history. Now, sixty years after his death, his music is being played again.

Dec. 3 2015 12:01AM

A newly translated biography.

Bee Wilson
Nov. 2 2015 12:01AM

He wants to take the Berlin State Opera to Tehran.

Ruthie Blum
Sept. 1 2015 12:01AM

“We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.”

Matt Lebovic
June 2 2015 12:01AM

A remarkable concert reintroduces three Jewish composers who fled fascist Europe to America, where two of them pioneered a new art form—the symphonic film score.

May 21 2015 12:01AM

Most orchestral music composed since 1950, writes Oliver Rudland, pales in comparison with that of the previous 100 years. Even popular music, after its mid-century. . .

Oliver Rudland
March 2 2015 12:01AM

For most people, “Jewish music” implies klezmer, East European folk tunes, or liturgical compositions. But for over a century, Jewish composers have created art music. . .

Barrymore Laurence Scherer
Dec. 19 2014 12:01AM

At first skeptical of Zionism, the violin virtuoso Bronislaw Huberman, founder of the Israel Philharmonic, came to see it as a miracle.  

Peter Aronson
March 28 2014 12:01AM

The 1940 Nazi invasion of France turned the country’s classical-music scene into a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Benjamin Ivry
March 11 2014 12:01AM

Just as music has shaped Jewish history and Jewish identity, Jews have influenced the course of music in all its forms.

Norman Lebrecht
March 6 2014 12:01AM

The Leonard Bernstein Letters, just published, reveal more about both the outer and inner life of the American Jewish composer than any biography.

Norman Lebrecht
Nov. 4 2013 12:00AM