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Tom Huizenga

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Finland's Finest: The Seven Symphonies Of Jean Sibelius

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Jean Sibelius, born 150 years ago on Dec. 8, 1865, was the first Finnish composer to reach an international audience, but his popularity began at home. In the late 1890s, Finland was a part of the Russian empire and its people were striving for independence. Sibelius, who would ...

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Teddy Abrams: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, November 30, 2015

If we're relying on the younger generation to help boost interest in classical music, look no further than Teddy Abrams. The 28-year-old pianist, clarinetist, conductor and composer has just begun his second season as music director of the Louisville Orchestra and he's brimming with ideas on what to ...

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Hans Abrahamsen Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A 30-minute song cycle for soprano and orchestra called let me tell you, by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, has been named the winner of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The prize, which includes $100,000, was slated to be announced Nov. 30 by the University of Louisville, ...

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Beethoven Symphonies At Carnegie Hall Via Berlin

Monday, November 23, 2015

Why do Beethoven's symphonies remain so appealing? It's a question we put to Simon Rattle a few years ago after he had finished conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in all nine of them.

"There's nothing harder," Rattle said, "and at the end of it all, nothing more rewarding. This ...

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Silvestrov's Ukrainian Nostalgia

Friday, November 06, 2015

The Brazilians call it saudade. It's an elusive, almost intoxicating mix of emotions suffused with longing, loss and memory, best evoked in music. Perhaps Ukrainians have their own word for it. But if not, it can surely be heard in Valentin Silvestrov's Nostalghia, a solo piano work from ...

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A Teasing Trumpeter: Jeffrey Curnow's Cartoons

Friday, October 30, 2015

Jeffrey Curnow has a serious funny bone. In his cartoons, he pokes fun at symphony orchestras, conductors and musicians from his perch as the associate principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Watch for Curnow's off-kilter perspectives on NPR Classical's Twitter and Facebook feeds. He ...

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Richard Strauss' Musical Mountain Climb

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Marking the 100th anniversary of An Alpine Symphony, take a guided tour through Strauss' evocative music with conductor Semyon Bychkov and author David Hurwitz as trail guides.

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A Tale Of Two Sergeys: Boston Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 23, 2015

Andris Nelsons, the Latvian conductor now in his second season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has a taste for Russian music.

The orchestra's opening concert, earlier this month, was an all-Russian program that included pianist Evgeny Kissin. Nelsons has peppered the remainder of ...

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Music From The Shadows: Ancient Armenian Hymns And Piano Jazz

Friday, October 09, 2015

Tigran Hamasyan won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 2006, but the music that resonates even deeper for him is centuries removed — and a sound world away — from jazz.

Hamasyan's new album, Luys I Luso (Light from Light), is an arresting exploration of ancient ...

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The Diverse World Of Yo-Yo Ma

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Few musicians possess an appetite for diversity as voracious as Yo-Yo Ma's.

The renowned cellist, who turns 60 today, calls himself a "venture culturalist." His collaborations include making music for dancers (including Monday night's collaboration with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland on Stephen Colbert's ...

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Autumn Serenade: The Fall Music Puzzler

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome to the first day of fall — at least for us in the Northern Hemisphere. There's a noticeable chill in the air, the leaves are starting to shift color and perhaps you find yourself turning a little more inward in your mood and your musical tastes.

Composers and songwriters ...

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Get To Know One Of The Most-Performed Living Composers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mystical, monk-like, reclusive — those are a few words often used to describe Arvo Pärt. His music gets labeled as timeless, spiritual and meditative. The Estonian composer, born 80 years ago today, is perhaps all of these things ... and maybe none of them.

Recently, Pärt allowed a ...

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Honk And Purr: The Big Bassoon Puzzler

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Even Judith LeClair, principal bassoonist in the New York Philharmonic, says there are issues with her instrument. "A lot of people call it an oboe," she once told CNN. "It's not as recognized as a flute or a trumpet." And it certainly doesn't sound like those, ...

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Max Richter, 'Path 5 (delta)'

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Sleep. It's both an oasis where our physical and mental batteries get recharged and a playground for the subconscious. It's also the subject of Max Richter's latest project, SLEEP, which inspired this video by Yulia Mahr.

A composer, pianist, remixer and musical tinkerer, Richter ...

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First Listen: Jonas Kaufmann, 'Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Yes, this is the Jonas Kaufmann Puccini album that Kaufmann wants you to hear. Last month the opera star took to his Facebook page to discourage fans from purchasing a competing Puccini release newly recycled by his former record company. It's just one of the occupational ...

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Piano Twang: Steven Mayer Plays 'Le Banjo'

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Orleans can proudly be called the birthplace of jazz, but the city has also been a cradle for classical music. Opera was heard there as early as 1796. And just a few decades later, in 1829, the city produced America's first musical superstar — Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

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Itzhak Perlman: Charting A Charismatic Career

Monday, August 31, 2015

When Itzhak Perlman was three years old, he asked his parents for a violin because he heard one on the radio. A year later he contracted polio, leaving his legs paralyzed but his determination undaunted.

Americans first became aware of the young Tel Aviv native when

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First Listen: Anna Thorvaldsdottír, 'In The Light Of Air'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The album might be called In the Light of Air, but it's anything but conventionally light or airy. Instead, this rumbling, evocative music by composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír seems grounded deep in the beautifully austere landscapes of her native Iceland. Don't listen too hard for hummable melodies. While there are flashes ...

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'Summertime' In Hanoi

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer might be winding down, but you couldn't tell by the steamy temperatures, not only in much of the U.S. but also in Hanoi, where Vietnamese performer and composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ grew up — and where it should top out around 92 degrees today.

Võ and pianist ...

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A Mahler Symphony Squeezed In A Squeezebox

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

When Gustav Mahler said a symphony "must be like the world. It must embrace everything," I suppose he meant embracing accordions, too.

Gustav Mahler's sprawling Ninth Symphony is a 90-minute journey brimming with the joys of life, haunted by death and with a lot happening along the way. ...

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