The May/June issue of Listen: Life with Classical Music spotlights legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein on its cover, and features Alan Gilbert and Gustavo Dudamel in “East Coast/West Coast”, a story about the two young conductors taking over the podiums of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras this fall. These are just two of the highlights in the second issue of the new bimonthly print magazine published and distributed by the online classical music retailer ArkivMusic, The Source for Classical Music™.
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev is profiled by Listen’s editor-in-chief Ben Finane. Pulitzer Prize–winning author James B. Stewart muses about the piano in his writer’s life. “Beethoven, Scholarship, and Mystery on Broadway” introduces the recent hit play by Moisés Kaufman, 33 Variations, which puts Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations center-stage with Tony-nominee Jane Fonda and pianist Diane Walsh. Artists featured in the May/June issue include violinists Hilary Hahn, Daniel Hope, Anne Akiko Meyers and Arnold Steinhardt and the vocal ensemble Anonymous Four; the 200th anniversary of Josef Haydn’s death is also observed in this month’s issue. A special bonus for Listen readers is the chance to win an Essex grand piano, designed by Steinway & Sons. There’s much more, including recommendations of new CDs and books about classical music.
“I am especially pleased with the cover [photo of Arthur Rubinstein], featuring one of my all-time favorite artists. To me, it perfectly captures the essence of Listen. I don't think this photo, unearthed from the vaults several floors beneath the Sony building in Manhattan , has ever been published before.” - Eric Feidner, ArkivMusic president and Listen publisher