‘Wagnerism,’ Alex Ross’ new work of cultural history, shows how Richard Wagner has been a flashpoint for arguments about decadence, nationalism, sexual revolution, and fascism—and anti-Semitism
A new documentary on the life and work of composer Artur Schnabel who tried to escape his Jewishness before fleeing Germany ahead of Hitler
The Viktor Ullmann Festival helps previously unheard works find new audiences
A three-part invention
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?
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
The classical-music giant, and more
Uncovering the lost works of Felix Mendelssohn