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What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show — in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York.

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Swan Songs: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2014

Friday, January 09, 2015

From composers and conductors to instrumentalists, singers and critics, the classical music world said goodbye to many masterful musicians last year.

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Morning Edition

Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sixty years ago, opera singer Marian Anderson made her long overdue debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She was its first African-American soloist.

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Getting Off To A Good Start: A New Year's Puzzler

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Beginning a new year can be fraught with decisions. Discover how great composers chose to start their symphonies and concertos — some with a bang, others a whisper — in this New Year's puzzler.

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First Listen: Anonymous 4, '1865'

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The beloved vocal quartet says goodbye with an all-American album that suits our troubled times. These Civil War and Reconstruction songs help us reflect on what divides us and binds us together.

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Steinway Bids Farewell To Its Historic Hall

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The resplendent New York piano showroom is shutting down to make way for luxury condos. But that doesn't mean the company is going anywhere.

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All Things Considered

A Week With Musical Storytellers Of The Silver Screen

Friday, December 26, 2014

Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.

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A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.

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Best Classical Albums Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share.

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Soundcheck

The Only 'Silent Nights' You Need

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Silent Night" is not just a great Christmas song. It's a great song. Period. Here are the five best versions of the most-recorded holiday tune of all time.
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Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, December 04, 2014

It's amazing how satisfying Philip Glass' string quartet music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to breathe.

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What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Monday, December 01, 2014

Forget the best music of the past year — what are the very best compositions of the last century? Participate in member station Q2's poll, and they'll webcast a marathon of the top choices.

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All Things Considered

Stabat Mater: Young Composers Explore An Ancient Text

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

British choral group The Sixteen sings new settings of the Stabat Mater. Director Harry Christophers says the ensemble was looking for "something that was very spiritual, very mystical."

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Celebrate Some Of The Year's Best New Releases With Q2

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Watch performances of vocal, instrumental and electronic chamber music, as well as interviews with rising young composers.

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Guest DJ Jessye Norman: From Augusta To Valhalla

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

After decades of performing, the celebrated soprano's enthusiasm for music is irresistible. She chooses some of her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.

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For The Season, Trio Mediaeval Spans Centuries

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can't stand "Jingle Bell Rock" — 15th-century English carols.

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All Things Considered

'Only The Truth' Gets At Reality Through Legend

Thursday, November 20, 2014

An opera nominated for a Latin Grammy explores Mexico's current political climate. It's based on a fictional bandida who continues to inspire fear and admiration along the border.

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Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watch a great little TED-Ed video that lays out the scientific evidence.

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A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.

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All Things Considered

Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

While the Nazis may have used the children's opera Brundibár as a propaganda tool, it also was a symbol of hope for the children who performed it. It is now a way to remember profound loss.

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