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The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues, Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was supposed to open its fall season last week but, in a scenario that has become familiar, contentious contract negotiations led to a lockout of musicians.

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All Things Considered

New Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons: 'It's Not A Job — It's Life'

Friday, September 26, 2014

The 35-year-old Latvian conductor brings a sincerity and enthusiasm to his position, marking the end of a three-year period of uncertainty for one of America's oldest and most respected ensembles.

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Morning Edition

Remembering Christopher Hogwood, An Evangelist For Early Music

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The English conductor, keyboard player and musicologist died Wednesday at age 73. He used modern scholarship and keen musicianship to bring new life to works by Handel and Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Classical Music (But Weren't Afraid To Ask)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Every Friday, the proprietors of NPR Classical and their Twitter followers gather for a half-hour speed session to share great recordings and discuss the music.

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First Listen: Brooklyn Rider, 'The Brooklyn Rider Almanac'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The adventuresome string quartet asked a huge range of musicians to create new pieces modeled on artistic idols. Hear pieces inspired by figures ranging from John Steinbeck to James Brown.

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First Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music is both an unforgettable seascape and an urgent call to action. Hear the Alaskan composer and environmentalist's sweeping symphonic work.

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All Things Considered

A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chad Lawson needed to find a way to record at home while his children slept. The result is The Chopin Variations, a set of Chopin works with an intimate, otherworldly sound.

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If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

Friday, September 19, 2014

Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it's time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.

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Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman's Hopes And Dreams

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

But flutist Yukie Ota didn't let a little insect throw her off her game at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition.

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Gotta Know Mexico: A Mexican Music Puzzler

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From Pre-Colombian sounds to hip-hop, Mexico's musical heritage is eclectic. To celebrate Mexican Independence Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month, test your knowledge of Mexican music.

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Shara Worden On Q2's 'Spaces'

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Brightest Diamond's busy and enigmatic singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a dizzying blur of creativity. Watch Q2 visit with Shara Worden in her Detroit home.

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Listen To The Atlanta Symphony While It's Locked Out — Again

Friday, September 12, 2014

In music from Giuseppe Verdi to Jennifer Higdon, celebrate the sound of the venturesome Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.

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All Things Considered

Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It began as a small classical label selling records at modest prices. A half-century later, it issues albums from big names in a spectrum of contemporary music from all parts of the globe.

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All Things Considered

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

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Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Estranged colleagues Philip Glass and Steve Reich hadn't appeared together for more than 30 years — until last night in Brooklyn. Yet it was the music, not the reunion, that carried the show.

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Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Estranged colleagues Philip Glass and Steve Reich hadn't appeared together for more than 30 years — until last night in Brooklyn. Yet it was the music, not the reunion, that carried the show.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Paul Jacobs

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

American organ virtuoso plays selections from Bach and Reger at Juilliard. Download Reger's Fugue Op. 59.

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Enduringly Dramatic Italian Soprano Magda Olivero Dies At 104

Monday, September 08, 2014

The intensely expressive Italian singer had an unusually long career. "I always have the sense that when I hear her recordings that she's singing just for me," says soprano Renée Fleming.

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Soundcheck

My Husband's Stupid Record Collection: Wendy Carlos

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sarah O'Holla and her husband, On The Media producer Alex Goldman check in about her project, My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection, with a look at the music of Wendy Carlos.

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Five New Classical Videos You Need To See To Believe

Friday, September 05, 2014

From swaying elephants to a shirtless organist, there have been several "gotta see them to believe them" classical clips posted online lately.

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