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Hilary Hahn Marches Through Mozart

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Violinist Hilary Hahn has been playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 since she was just 10 years old. Twenty-five years on, she brings grace and immense force and to this music.

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A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A pair of timpani — the only ones crafted by legendary viola and violin maker Antonio Stradivari — go on sale today in New York. Bidding on the two drums might go well into eight figures.

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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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A Young Composer's Evening Prayers For Troubled Times

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Missy Mazzoli and a host of collaborators — including Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche — use a Christian sunset service as a frame for meditation on modern life.

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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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Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic.

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First Listen: Missy Mazzoli, 'Vespers For A New Dark Age'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

With secular texts, soaring vocals and electronics, Mazzoli twists the traditional vesper prayer service to reflect our high-tech times.

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Pretty Yende: An Opera Star Whose Rise Began With A Fall

Friday, March 20, 2015

A mishap in the South African soprano's Metropolitan Opera debut still makes her laugh, but that night ended with a standing ovation. Now she's in Los Angeles for The Marriage of Figaro.

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Sviatoslav Richter: The Pianist Who Made The Earth Move

Thursday, March 19, 2015

For the centennial of the great Russian's birth, critic and piano maven Steve Wigler recalls a herculean talent who shook Carnegie Hall to its foundation.

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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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All Things Considered

Oboist Reclaims Mozart's Lost Contemporaries

Sunday, March 15, 2015

For the new album Lost and Found, a Berlin Philharmonic oboist unearthed concertos by fine but forgotten composers from Mozart's time.

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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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Let Ethan Hawke Introduce You To A Fine, Forgotten Pianist

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The famed actor, in his debut as a documentary filmmaker, takes on an unlikely subject: a virtually unknown, octogenarian classical pianist who quit performing decades ago.

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Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Friday, March 06, 2015

The last store in Manhattan devoted exclusively to classical sheet music is closing its doors today — having been lapped by online retailers and free file sharing.

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Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

Friday, March 06, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony canceled its Carnegie Hall performance of a piece that it recently premiered by Estonian-American composer Jonas Tarm. At issue is his use of a Nazi theme.

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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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A Wrong Note Sets The Right Mood In 'House Of Cards'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The show's distinctive score is the work of Jeff Beal, who ushers viewers into its clandestine, manipulative and sometimes violent world by breaking a few musical rules.

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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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Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5 years, 40 works: Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that.

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