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Seattle Symphony, New Pulitzer Winner At Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

John Luther Adams' prize-winning piece Become Ocean headlines a concert devoted to sea and sand that includes Debussy's La mer and an Edgard Varèse piece inspired by the New Mexico desert.

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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

Sunday, May 04, 2014

One of the most celebrated voices of her generation talks about her new autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing! The opera star journeyed from the segregated South to a divided Berlin and beyond.

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Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The mind behind the music of Inception, Gladiator and more says he was looking for someone who would take his prompt and "ignore it as much as possible." He and the winner joined NPR's Rachel Martin.

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10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals

Thursday, May 01, 2014

There's something to please everyone — from Schubert in the Hudson Valley, great orchestras in in the Rockies and world premieres in a Chicago park.

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Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The days of covertly toking before hearing Mozart are coming to an end in Denver. The Colorado Symphony has a new Classically Cannabis series, which is exactly what it says it is.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Conductor Robert Spano leads the orchestra and chorus in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, music written for the 1962 rededication of the cathedral in Coventry, England, destroyed in a 1940 air raid.

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Soundcheck

Anne Akiko Meyers’ Seriously Expensive Violin; New Yorker Cartoon Editor Picks Three; Kristeen Young Plays Live

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In this episode: Anne Akiko Meyers has always been a curious and exciting violinist. Now, there's lots of curiosity and excitement surrounding her instrument - the most expensive violin ever sold and one of the most famous instruments in the classical music world. She brings it to the Soundcheck studio for Terrance McKnight of WQXR to inspect. Plus, Meyers plays selections from her new album of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Then: Bob Mankoff has been the cartoon editor for The New Yorker since the late 1990's -- and has been contributing cartoons to the magazine since the ‘70s. He talks about his new illustrated memoir, How About Never – Is Never Good For You?, and he chooses three songs for us, including a 1962 hit about the Telstar satellite.

And: Kristeen Young is opening for Morrissey; Dave Grohl plays on her new album; Bowie has written songs with her. Hear the edgy singer and keyboardist perform songs from her new album The Knife Shift in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

Valentina Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos And YouTube Fans

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Ukrainian-born pianist revived her stalled career by uploading videos of herself to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Her new album features film music by Michael Nyman.

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Soundcheck

Anne Akiko Meyers: Virtuosic Musicianship, On A Really Old Violin

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hear virtuosic violinist perform the works of Vivaldi on her impossibly rare and expensive violin, in the Soundcheck studio.

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A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public

Friday, April 25, 2014

From Queen Victoria's funeral to a tour of Maria Callas' Paris apartment, a British newsreel archive has just uploaded 85,000 historic films to YouTube. Watch a few of our favorite music clips.

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Vijay Iyer On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Take a tour of the MacArthur genius's home in Harlem, including a look at his Steinway, favorite books and percussion instruments from India.

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Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A newly reissued set of symphonies from the decades after World War II recovers a gifted yet neglected composer, Vadim Salmanov. These live recordings burn with intensity and sorrow.

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Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Know your bird calls from barnyard bellowing? For Earth Day, test your ear at recognizing the animal sounds songwriters and composers work into their music, from funk classics to classical sonatas.

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All Things Considered

Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Early music specialist Jordi Savall explores different periods and cultures, mashing them together for surprising results. His new project finds fruitful varieties all in one spot: the Balkans.

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Soundcheck

What's The Most Relaxing Song Ever? Help Us Make A Playlist

Friday, April 18, 2014

As part of WNYC's station-wide Sleep project, Soundcheck has been thinking about the best music to help you relax and fall asleep. Help us build a playlist of your most relaxing songs ever.

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Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted

Thursday, April 17, 2014

We're guessing some yoga and Pilates classes preceded a round of musical and physical one-upwomanship that's gone viral.

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A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Join tenor Ian Bostridge, conductor Ton Koopman and other singers, conductors and scholars for a guided tour of Bach's sacred masterpiece, first heard on Good Friday in Leipzig in 1727.

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Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Monday, April 14, 2014

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The judges said it "suggests a relentless tidal surge."

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A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

Saturday, April 12, 2014

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to Mahler's multilayered music.

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Morning Edition

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson made history when she sang to crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. The Daughters of the American Revolution had denied her the use of Constitution Hall.

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