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Mark Swed

Mark Swed has been the classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times since 1996. Before that, he was a music critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Wall Street Journal and has written extensively for international publications. Swed is the author of the book-length text to the best-selling iPad app, “The Orchestra,” and is a former editor of the Musical Quarterly. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.
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Best in classical 2018: The musicians who spread joy, justice and compassion when the world needed it

Times classical critic Mark Swed recounts the people who made music matter this year: Gustavo, Esa-Pekka, Yuval. Kopatchinskaja, Norman, Reid. A conductor who bridged cultural borders, a director who confronted anti-Semitism, a pianist who turned loss into stupendous sound. It was quite a year.

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