Anastasia Tsioulcas

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Destroyed By Customs? Or Stolen? Whatever Happened, Flutes Are Gone

Friday, January 03, 2014

Whatever actually happened to musician Boujemaa Razgui's collection of handmade flutes, it's a reminder not to put precious items in your checked luggage.


Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. And what pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang say about teaching and learning could be applied to many different areas and fields, not just music and the other arts.


10 Favorite World Music Albums Of 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Discover 10 surprising, sophisticated and stellar albums released this year by artists around the globe, from electronica by way of Sudan to 1960s-style French/Brazilian cool.


NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

A guide to some of the most beautiful, thought-provoking and inspiring releases from the year gone by — from luminous choral singing to thunderous percussion to smart violin solos.


A Bumper Crop Of Classical Box Sets

Friday, December 06, 2013

It's been a banner year for classical box sets. Deceptive Cadence hosts Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga tell us why and choose a few of their favorites.


Remembering A Congolese Rumba King

Monday, December 02, 2013

The honey-voiced singer, bandleader, songwriter, and impresario Tabu Ley Rochereau ruled dance floors across Africa. He died in Belgium Saturday.


Confronting The Ghosts Of Classical Christmas Albums Past

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On WQXR's Conducting Business podcast, we debate what makes for a really great holiday album. Is it oversized brass fanfares and choirs? Or cozy songs that you'd like to think were recorded beside a crackling fire?


Hear What Happened At Boston's Symphony Hall After JFK's Assassination

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Listen to an unforgettable response to the tragedy. Hear what happened next at Boston's Symphony Hall, just after conductor Erich Leinsdorf announced news of the assassination, and learn more about the backstage story.


First Listen: Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem'

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Britten's response to the collective bloodshed of the 20th century remains as vital and visceral as it was when his Requiem premiered more than 50 years ago. It was commissioned for the reconsecration of Britain's Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed by a Nazi bomb raid in 1940.


And You Think You're Having A Bad Day

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What's your worst memory of performance panic? Imagine showing up with the wrong solo — that's what happened to pianist Maria João Pires, who mixed up which Mozart concerto she was supposed to play.


First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The National's Bryce Dessner composed all the music for this album.


Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Composer and author Ned Rorem turns 90 today. Why isn't there more celebrating? In the meantime, however, here's an introduction to this essential, brilliant and more than occasionally irascible American artist. Hear some of the instantly appealing songs that have helped to cement his reputation.


Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A bright-eyed child transforms an elegiac prayer in a new video from New York Polyphony and director Mark DeChiazza, featuring incandescent music by the late English composer Richard Rodney Bennett.


10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Spruce up the woodshed: with the new school year upon us, here are some easy ways to help you maximize music practice time — regardless of how old you are or what level of playing you've achieved.


First Watch: Banda Magda, 'Ce Soir'

Friday, August 30, 2013

See one last taste of a delicious summer day, delivered in the form of a breezy French-Brazilian tune by the New York-based group Banda Magda, fronted by the charming singer Magda Giannikou.


Slimmed-Down Gramophone Awards Honor Home Team

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The British magazine has trimmed down the number for awards being handed in its 90th annual prize ceremony. Is that good or bad for classical music?


Behind The Latest Round Of Bruised Feelings At The Minnesota Orchestra

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A blogger charges that management at the Minneapolis-based symphony may have attempted to undercut pro-labor organizing efforts — several months before talks between the musicians and the administration failed. The orchestra association says that they were just doing their job.


Why Is One Of The World's Top Violinists Judging Miss America?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell is going to be joining Lance Bass and a Shark Tank judge in Atlantic City. (And one of the country's foremost classical music critics is a preliminary rounds judge.) Is there a classical music/beauty pageant axis we just didn't know about?


Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.


Reunited After 50 Years, An Algerian Buena Vista Social Club Makes Its U.S. Debut

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A group of Jewish and Muslim musicians who played together in the bars and cafes of Algiers in the 1940s and '50s thought they'd never see each other again. But after a chance encounter one of them had with a tourist in an Algerian bazaar, their lives changed forever.