At Carnegie Hall, a touching symphony reminded me of my late father, Gustav Mahler, and the Jewish principle, ‘ahavat ha’ger’—love of the stranger
For centuries, Western classical music propelled listeners toward Christian salvation. Then Jewish music changed everything.
Graham Parker on soulful Jewish music and getting instruments into schools
The whole question of modernity, in new assessments of the German composer and his work
A recent wave of performances turns Jewish composers into shadow images defined only by their status as Hitler’s victims
The quest to rediscover the mysterious pianist Ignace Tiegerman led through Cairo, Italy, and the ghost of Bruno Schulz
A story about intrigue, music, lineage, and tradition
Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?
Grammy-winning jazz pianist Alon Yavnai enlists the help of a robust ensemble to invoke Latin, African, and Middle Eastern rhythms on a new album
There are men who leave you for another woman, and there are men who leave you for a man. Then there are those who dump you for God.
Judaism rejects the notions of beauty that underscore Christian classical music, from Bach to Mozart—but the music still speaks to us
The cello is the most evocatively Jewish instrument. A new album, Sacred Time, features its rich sound in classical, liturgical, and Hasidic melodies
In a recent performance of Schubert’s and Schumann’s settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry, tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adès excelled
Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein wowed critics in 2007 with her original and passionate take on the Goldberg Variations. With her new Bach: A Strange Beauty, she’s poised to do it again.
The classical-music giant, and more
Uncovering the lost works of Felix Mendelssohn
If you’ve never understood Kabbalah, music might be the way in
Music made her do it
Alex Ross takes us on a music tour of the 20th century