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Listen : Life With Music & Culture

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Listen: Life with Classical Music is North America s classical music magazine covering people, places and events; recommendations of recordings, books, and film; and all the many ways our lives are touched by classical music.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Steinway Inc
  • ASIN: B0058EM902
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Magazine Express, Inc.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better for beginners but OK for everyone May 30, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Listen -- Life With Classical Music is one of the newer magazines covering classical music and probably the newest magazine covering it in USA/North America. It started modestly a few years ago and has grown to such extent the curent issue (June 2012 or "summer") is 96 pages. The magazine is published quarterly in a full-size (8 1/2 by 11 inch) format on high quality pulp paper as opposed to slick glossy pages. I did not find a webpage listing in the magazine and assume it does not have one.

Compared to other magazines of its type, I'd say Listen tries to be more like Gramophone or BBC Music Magazine insofar as it is full of color advertising, photos and personality pieces. The summer 2012 issue contained only a four-page "Recommended" section that deals with brief reviews of recorded music. The rest of the pages are dedicated to advertising, pieces on performers, composers, their music or musical venues. In no way does Listen compare to review-heavy magazines like American Record Guide or Fanfare; it is definitely long on glitz and, in my mind, short on substance and content.

That's not to say I dislike the magazine. I recieved it first on a freebie basis, then subscribed for a couple years because of the low subscription price and on the chance it would become more substantial as time went on. One definite advantage is Listen is an easy read, sometimes with fairly interesting content like a story an issue or two back about one-hit wonder Hans Rott, whose Symphony in E inspired Gustav Mahler. The current issue has stories on types of dances, dance at the Guggenheim, Ute Lemper and Profofiev's Cinderella, among others.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent magazine for classical music fans. February 9, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I have been a subscriber for the last two years and I must say the magazine is first rate. The interviews are great. Top notch artists have been interviewed (Anne Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma etc). The writing is quite good and the magazine is laid out very well. The font size, print quality and reviews are very good.

I like ArkivMusic's 'Listen' all the more because it is published here in America and gives me information on upcoming shows in the US. I agree with another reviewer and wish that this was published more frequently than just four times a year. An excellent value for any classical music fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this magazine! October 27, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
If you love classical music, you will love this magazine and it is actually for US customers. I have subscribed before to many European classical music magazines which are good, except all events mentioned usually do not pertain to US customers. Good articles and music reviews! I wish it were published more than 4 times a year!
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