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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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Glenn Gould In Rapture

Thursday, September 04, 2014

You don't get to see this too often: a man (in this case, a very talented man) totally possessed by his muse. Watch pianist Glenn Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."

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On Being

Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes

Thursday, September 04, 2014

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[Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista Tippett

Thursday, September 04, 2014

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Gig Alert: Christoph Denoth

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Swiss classical guitar virtuoso highlights work from the Renaissance at SubCulture. Listen to "Mister Dowland's Midnight."

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Ask John Schaefer Anything; Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Film Director; Black Sea Hotel Plays Live

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ask John Anything continues; Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch on his film God Help The Girl, Black Sea Hotel performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything: Political Songs, Go-To Karaoke Jams, And More

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Michael Azerrad, music writer and editor of The Talkhouse, poses questions about the state of political songs. Plus, a slew of listeners ask questions of their own.

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Great Expectations: A New Season of New Music

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Mozart and Beethoven aren't going anywhere, but U.S. orchestras, opera companies and chamber groups are also presenting dozens of compelling premieres.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything: What Makes A Good Wedding DJ?; Who Invented The Bassoon?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Anna Sale of WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast and WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon pose a pair of questions for Soundcheck's brainy host.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything; How To Be Smarter About Counterpoint; Cellist Maya Beiser Plays Live

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Ask John Anything continues; Rob Kapilow explains counterpoint as part of Soundcheck's How to Be Smarter series; Cellist Maya Beiser plays classic rock covers in the Soundcheck studio.

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Cellist Maya Beiser 'Uncovers' Rock Classics

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The cellist's latest project is a series of classic rock covers by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and more. Hear Beiser and her classical power trio play live in the Soundcheck studio.

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A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Three centuries ago, Domenico Scarlatti churned out 555 keyboard sonatas. Today, pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough. Hear a clutch of new recordings.

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Enigmatic Endings: A Farewell To Summer Quiz

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations.

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All Things Considered

Bruce Hornsby's Modern Classical Moment

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The pianist who spent 25 years writing pop hits says he's long been interested in the work of Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg and others. Now he's sharing that interest with his audience.

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A Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For a family initially derided as crude, it sure spends a lot of time at the opera. Here's a sampling of embiggened classical music during The Simpsons marathon, which starts today on FXX.

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Masters And Disasters: The Met Opera Quiz

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera's labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America's largest performing arts organization.

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All Things Considered

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

Monday, August 18, 2014

While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met's major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

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Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets.

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First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind'

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The organist aims to rescue his instrument from its church-bound traditions. With his new album, which includes Bach and Bacharach alike, Carpenter could land a multitude of converts.

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Centenarian Soprano Licia Albanese Dies

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A long career began suddenly as she replaced the lead in Madame Butterfly mid-performance. A Metropolitan Opera stalwart, she sang the lead in La traviata there more than anyone before or since.

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