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Justin Davidson

April 14, 2008 |
The New York Canon: Classical Music

From Laurie Anderson’s magnum opus to the definitive Beethoven marathon.

April 7, 2008 | The Classical Music Review
Helter Skelter

Alarm Will Sound turns the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”—this is not a joke—into chamber music.

March 31, 2008
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The new Cooper Square is all three.

March 24, 2008 | The Classical Music Review
Inglese, Per Favore?

Mencken called opera in English “about as sensible as baseball in Italian.” But it does have its charms.

March 3, 2008 | Features
Taking Over the Family Business

Born to two New York Philharmonic violinists, Alan Gilbert will soon pick up its baton. Which is good news, because it may take one of the orchestra’s own to launch the revolution it needs.

February 18, 2008 | Feature
After 99 Years, an Admission

On appreciating—but not necessarily enjoying—Elliott Carter’s music.

February 11, 2008 | The Classical Music Review
Two Cheers for Manon

In a tough soprano role, Karita Mattila is a near miss. Plus: How to listen to Stalinist music without feeling guilty.

February 11, 2008 | Intelligencer
Bronx Clear

How a courthouse polices us through the glass.

April 7, 2008 | Intelligencer
Shadows on the Hudson

Among the tottering cranes, panicky condo marketers, and derailed megadevelopments, envisioning tomorrow’s boom today.

July 14, 2008 | Intelligencer
Why We Need a Hero at Ground Zero

Forget a “traffic cop.” Bring in Philippe de Montebello.

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