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Bang On A Can Riffs On John Cage

Friday, April 24, 2015

Florent Ghys' An Open Cage springs from a recording of the maverick composer reading an excerpt from his Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).


The Hypnotic Groove Of Xenakis

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The modernist composer's solo percussion music — fueled by quick pulses in bongos and the fat punctuations of bass drums — flows in a new recording.


Hilary Hahn Marches Through Mozart

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Violinist Hilary Hahn has been playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 since she was just 10 years old. Twenty-five years on, she brings grace and immense force and to this music.


Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic.


The Tallis Scholars' Luminous Way With Arvo Pärt

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A British choral group, known for its incandescent sound, reveals bells and sunlight in the Estonian composer's Nunc dimittis.


Let Ethan Hawke Introduce You To A Fine, Forgotten Pianist

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The famed actor, in his debut as a documentary filmmaker, takes on an unlikely subject: a virtually unknown, octogenarian classical pianist who quit performing decades ago.


Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A young tenor from New Orleans elegantly launches high Cs in a stirring but punishingly difficult Rossini aria. This is why we listen to opera!

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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.


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.


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.


The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Friday, December 19, 2014

We had 140 jazz journalists weigh in on their favorite releases of the year. Here are their top overall picks, with top finishers in Latin jazz, vocal, debut and historical categories.


Best Classical Albums Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

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


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.


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.


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.


Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer.


A Breath Of Inspiration: John Luther Adams' New 'Sila'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Watch highlights from the world premiere performance of the Pulitzer Prize winner's meditative and deeply moving outdoor work Sila: The Breath of the World at Lincoln Center.


The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In the tradition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, composers from Japan, Armenia and the U.S. paint colorful pictures by posing soloists in front of orchestras.


The 2014 Jazz At Lincoln Center Gala Concert

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Billy Crystal hosts Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz — a tour of the music's history in song and dance, featuring an all-star lineup and the JALC Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis.


Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A newly reissued set of symphonies from the decades after World War II recovers a gifted yet neglected composer, Vadim Salmanov. These live recordings burn with intensity and sorrow.