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Tom Huizenga

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András Schiff's Confessional Schubert

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Twenty years ago, András Schiff hated the fortepiano — but now he's had a change of heart. Hear a track from his new album, in which he plays Schubert on an instrument from 1820.

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Flower Songs: A Springtime Opera Puzzler

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

In the old poem, it's April showers that bring May flowers. But in opera, flowers pop up for a variety of reasons — not all of them pretty.

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Dazzling Trumpeter Rolf Smedvig Dies Suddenly

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A founding member of the Empire Brass, the trumpeter played with a lustrous tone and extraordinary technique. At age 19, he was the youngest musician to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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Bang On A Can Riffs On John Cage

Friday, April 24, 2015

Florent Ghys' An Open Cage springs from a recording of the maverick composer reading an excerpt from his Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).

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Get Out And Hear Some New Music This Summer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From fully staged operas to intimate chamber pieces — at seaside settings and mountain vistas — summer festivals this year offer a broad array of modern music.

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Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For 'Anthracite Fields'

Monday, April 20, 2015

The composer is the second from the New York music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.

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The Hypnotic Groove Of Xenakis

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The modernist composer's solo percussion music — fueled by quick pulses in bongos and the fat punctuations of bass drums — flows in a new recording.

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Multifaceted Music Critic Andrew Porter Dies At 86

Friday, April 03, 2015

Best known in the U.S. as a longtime music critic of The New Yorker, Porter was also a scholar, translator and director of opera.

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Can You Name That Musical Prank?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Simple schemers — or criminal scammers? Try and identify the makers of musical mischief in our April Fools' puzzler.

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Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era.

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The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.

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The Tallis Scholars' Luminous Way With Arvo Pärt

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A British choral group, known for its incandescent sound, reveals bells and sunlight in the Estonian composer's Nunc dimittis.

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Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The venturesome duo plays visionary Beethoven, heartbreaking Janáček and a piece by Philip Glass that unfolds like a lullaby.

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The Bachelors Of Opera

Thursday, March 05, 2015

There are plenty of single men in opera, but would you really want to date them? Try separating the dudes from the duds in this puzzler.

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Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A young tenor from New Orleans elegantly launches high Cs in a stirring but punishingly difficult Rossini aria. This is why we listen to opera!

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Anderson & Roe's Personalized Bach

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The bitter suffering and voluptuous lyricism of Bach's St. Matthew Passion are channeled with empathy by a popular piano duo.

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Joyce DiDonato Takes A Stand At Stonewall

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The opera star, with a posse of friends, visits a historic gay bar in Greenwich Village to talk about equality and sing a centuries-old aria that still resonates.

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Bach, Brits And A Bodacious Boston Orchestra: New Classical Albums

Saturday, January 31, 2015

From a sensational soprano to an audacious new work for orchestra, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Arun Rath spin a broad selection of new classical albums.

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Fifty Years Of Steve Reich's 'It's Gonna Rain'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In 1965, a happy accident with tape machines, and the words of a Pentecostal preacher, helped launch the celebrated composer's career.

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Soundtrack To The Outback: Remembering Peter Sculthorpe

Monday, January 26, 2015

By incorporating indigenous sounds and instruments in his music, as well as socio-political themes, the Tasmanian-born composer gave his compatriots a sense of themselves.

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