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Postlude To A Kiss: Scriabin's Raging 'Poem Of Ecstasy'

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin's best-known piece.

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Twenty Years Later, 'Klinghoffer' Still Draws Protests

Friday, October 17, 2014

Some critics charge that John Adams' opera is anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic. But the opera's supporters dispute that. With its Met debut on Monday, there are calls to burn the set to the ground.

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Bryan Ferry On His New Album; 'On The Town' Back On Broadway; Wordless Music Orchestra Plays 'Tubular Bells'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bryan Ferry discusses his new album, Avonmore; Leonard Bernstein's 'On The Town' is back on Broadway; Wordless Music Orchestra plays Tubular Bells in the Soundcheck studio.

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Wordless Music Orchestra Performs 'Tubular Bells'

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mike Oldfield's iconic Tubular Bells sold millions of copies, became the theme music for The Exorcist, and launched the Virgin Records empire. But it's rarely been performed live.

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Gig Alert: New Sounds Live - Julia Wolfe's 'Steel Hammer'

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Musical re-interpretation of the John Henry legend tonight as part of New Sounds Live. Download "Steel Hammer: Characteristics."

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The Case Of The Stolen Stradivarius

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Milwaukee Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was carrying his rare Stradivarius violin out to the parking lot after a show when he was suddenly attacked. The violin, worth millions, was stolen.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company Releases Music From Its Archive

Sunday, October 12, 2014

For more than a century, the Royal Shakespeare Company has commissioned music for plays. Its archive tracks the way music changes over time and across many productions.

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Space Is The Place: Twelve Cosmic Songs For Sci-Fi Fans

Thursday, October 09, 2014

With New York Comic Con kicking off today, the city is full of even more aliens and space cadets than usual. Soundcheck's John Schaefer welcomes them with his favorite sci-fi songs.
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A Ferguson Protest Brings New Meaning To Brahms' Requiem In St. Louis

Monday, October 06, 2014

To protest the shooting death of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Mike Brown, audience members at a St. Louis Symphony concert unfurled banners and stood to sing an old union song.

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The Maestro And The Liberator: Gustavo Dudamel's Cinematic Debut

Sunday, October 05, 2014

A new film about the life of Latin American military leader Simón Bolivar features music by a first-time film score composer: Gustavo Dudamel.

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LA Philharmonic In Concert: Dudamel, Mahler And New Music

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler's Fifth Symphony and a new percussion concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang in this season opener at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Carnegie Hall Live: The Academy Of Ancient Music Plays J.S. Bach

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Stream a live Carnegie Hall concert of Bach's four orchestral suites, played by the superb Academy of Ancient Music, led by Richard Egarr.

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Carnegie Hall Live: Thomas Hampson Sings A World Premiere

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hear the beloved American baritone sing a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in this recital with pianist Wolfram Rieger.

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Carnegie Hall Live: András Schiff Plays Mozart, Haydn, Schubert And Beethoven

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hear the eminent pianist in a recital of sublime works spanning Classical-era elegance and introspective Romantic drama.

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Respiratory Rhythms Guide Richard Reed Parry's Minimalist Compositions

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

In his new solo project, Arcade Fire's multi-instrumentalist says he wanted his classical compositions to sound as human as possible. 

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Carnegie Hall Live: An Opening Night Gala With The Berlin Philharmonic

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Stream a performance by the stellar Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle in a program of Rachmaninov, Bruch and Stravinsky with dazzling violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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Bob's Burgers Creator Loren Bouchard; Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry Goes Classical; Jill Barber Plays Live

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Bob's Burgers creator talks about the show's musical episode. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry unveils a new side: composer. Jill Barber performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Three Quick Lessons From The Violin Wunderkind Who Became A Master

Monday, September 29, 2014

At 46, Joshua Bell leads nine young musicians in the 30-minute HBO documentary Masterclass. Here, the violinist gives advice on finding yourself in the music.

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Hear A New Song From Agnes Obel's Deluxe 'Aventine'

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Danish singer-songwriter's deluxe edition of her 2014 album, Aventine, features unreleased songs, remixes and live performances. Hear a brand new song, "Arches."
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An Inviting Apocalypse: John Luther Adams On 'Become Ocean'

Sunday, September 28, 2014

John Luther Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, Become Ocean, evokes the end of the world — but it also welcomes us to take a swim.

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