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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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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Saturday, May 02, 2015

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

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On Being

Mohammed Fairouz — The World in Counterpoint

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Called a “post-millennial Schubert,” Mohammed Fairouz weaves poetic language, even political speech, into his compositions — opening wide the notions of illustrious language as a form of music too.

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On Being

[Unedited] Mohammed Fairouz with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Called a “post-millennial Schubert,” Mohammed Fairouz weaves poetic language, even political speech, into his compositions — opening wide the notions of illustrious language as a form of music too.

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Fresh Air

Brooklyn Rider Blurs Classical Boundaries On 'Almanac'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The string quartet invited composers like Vijay Iyer and Bill Frisell to compose pieces inspired by something outside of their world.

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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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All Things Considered

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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Roomful Of Teeth: A Vocal Group That's 'A Band, Not A Choir'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

On the eclectic group's new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that's hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw.

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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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Fresh Air

How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera's chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about "stagger breathing," the ways singers protect their voices and his own lack of formal training.

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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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Soundcheck

Anonymous 4 Bids Farewell With Songs From 1865

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In its last touring season, beloved a cappella ensemble performs selections from its latest album,1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War in the studio.

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Carnegie Hall Live: Jordi Savall And Le Concert Des Nations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hear a consummate master of early music, conductor and viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, lead his ensemble Le Concert des Nations in an exhilarating array of 17th- and 18th-century French music.

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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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From Ballrooms To Concert Halls, Mexico Kept This Cuban Style Alive

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Born in Cuba in the late 1800s, danzón had couples gliding in a kind of formal square dance a century later.

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Twitter Outrage Takes Toronto, Canceling Two Pianists

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa is a YouTube star. Reactions to her divisive and fiercely political Twitter account became the catalyst for a string of problems at the Toronto Symphony.

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Fresh Air

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Monday, April 06, 2015

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.

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All Things Considered

Violinist Hilary Hahn Remembers Her Earliest Influences

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The internationally celebrated soloist convinced violinist Klara Berkovich to teach her when she was just five years old. Student and teacher join NPR's Arun Rath to reflect on their relationship.

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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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