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Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic.

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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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One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Dallas Street Choir recently performed to a sold-out house. The group, comprised of homeless people, sang with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Debussy's Sonatas

Monday, February 16, 2015

Contemporary musicians take on the task of completing a century-project by the great French composer. 

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Morning Edition

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"I would call him the grandfather of classical music of the 20th century," says cellist Amit Peled, who grew up idolizing the late master and now tours with his instrument.

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The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The new opera Everest tells the story of a real-life expedition on world's highest mountain — and the unforgiving blizzard that interrupted it.

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A Friday Surprise: Alan Gilbert Will Leave The New York Philharmonic

Friday, February 06, 2015

After eight seasons, the Philharmonic's very first homegrown conductor will leave the orchestra at the end of the 2017 season.

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Soundcheck

Who Will (And Should) Win At This Year’s Grammy Awards?

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the 57th Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, Feb. 8, Soundcheck's John Schaefer scans the nominees to predict who will win big in this year's biggest categories.
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Gig Alert: New York Philharmonic

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili joins the NY Phil to play selections from Rachmaninoff tonight at Avery Fisher Hall.

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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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Gig Alert: Jenny Lin

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Classical piano star plays selections from Stravinsky, Silvestrov, and Scriabin at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. 

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Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

Monday, February 02, 2015

Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was born in Naples, but he had a French spirit, championing music by Erik Satie, Debussy and Ravel. He died overnight Saturday at age 89.

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Soundcheck

Inside the Outsider Vision of Miranda July

Monday, February 02, 2015

The polymorphic artist and performer talks at length about her new book, 'The First Bad Man,' and explains why she might -- just might -- show up at the Oscars. 

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All Things Considered

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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Carnegie Hall Live: The Chicago Symphony Plays A Colorful Concert

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hear the CSO and its charismatic conductor Riccardo Muti in a program showing the muscle and subtlety of the of orchestra in music by Scriabin, Debussy and Mendelssohn.

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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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Latin Symphony: How Classical Music Saved Dinorah Marquez's Life

Thursday, January 22, 2015

On Alt.Latino, hear from an educator whose life's work is to bring classical music to young Latinos.

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John Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Inspired by ice crystals in the arctic air and the halo-like apparitions they create, composer John Luther Adams' "Sky with Four Suns" blooms with the bright light of 45 cellos.

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A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In a frank new memoir, soprano Deborah Voigt reveals her troubles with obesity, alcohol and bad relationships, along with her many triumphs in opera houses the world over.

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