James Bennett II

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Soundtrack to a Daydream: Here's Schumann on Celesta

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Schumann's "Der Vogel als Prophet" already delights with its sweet sensuality. Now imagine hearing it played on the Celesta.
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Watch: Young Musician Plays The Oldest (Ever) Written Keyboard Music

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Robertsbridge Codex contains the oldest known pieces of music written specifically for keyboard. Give a listen to this performance on an Estampie by Italian pianist Alberto Chines.
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10 Oscar-Nominated Films That Should Be on Any Classical Lover's Radar

Monday, February 20, 2017

Be ready for this year's Academy Awards. We can't make you watch every nominee, but we can definitely brush you up on the music involved.
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Watch: This Rescue Beagle Gets Down on the Ivories

Friday, February 17, 2017

Could Buddy the beagle possibly be any cuter? We're sure many people didn't think he could ... until he started playing the piano.
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Watch This Free Stream of The Ring Cycle from Richard Wagner

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The BBC has shared the acclaimed Opera North production of Wagner's truly epic "Der Ring des Nibelungen" for free streaming. And we have it for you.
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Watch: A 'Rogue One' Suite for Trumpet Quartet

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

As the Oscars come closer, we can't help but look at some of the creative musical takes on some of the year's hottest films.
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Nicolas Yee's 'La La Land' Medley Wants to Melt Your Heart

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The latest movie theme to get the Nicholas Yee treatment is "La La Land," just in time for the Oscars.
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This Addictive Beat is Making All of Us Want Wah-Wah Tubes

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Composer Juri Seo just released a revised version of her charming composition for wah-wah tubes. Now we want to play it, too.
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Watch: Stewart Goodyear on the Magic of Ravel

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stewart Goodyear is scheduled to release a recording of the music of one of his favorite composers — Maurice Ravel. Here, he explains why the French impressionist means so much to him.
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5 Classical Couples Who Gave Us Lovely Music

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Your favorite composers had a love life, too. Here are five pairings — some successful, others not so much — that produced some memorable music.
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Watch: A Haunting Aria from 11-Year-Old Alma Deutscher's 'Cinderella'

Monday, February 13, 2017

Here's an official look inside the child composer's first full-length opera, "Cinderella," with the aria "When the day falls into darkness."
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Classical's Grammy Winners Include a Tie, 'Daughtery: Tales of Hemingway'

Monday, February 13, 2017

Shostakovich, musical tributes to American greats and a tie — here's the rundown on the classical winners at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. 
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Black Classical: Singers and Instrumentalists

Monday, February 13, 2017

Here are just a few notable black singers and instrumentalists we should remember for Black History Month and beyond.
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When Everything Went Wrong, Leontyne Price Got it Right

Friday, February 10, 2017

When Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra" premiered as the inaugural performance of the Met Opera's new home, it didn't sit well with critics. But Leontyne Price remained a bright spot.
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And the Award for Most Expressive Conducting Goes To ...

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Pieter Jan Leusink loves music, and that love really shines through when he's conducting.
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Valentina Lisitsa Accidentally Made YouTube Think She's Glenn Gould

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The Ukrainian pianist's performance of Bach's Partita No. 2 is partially blocked for copyright infringement — because YouTube thinks she's Glenn Gould.
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Watch: 'Für Elise' Flipped On Its Head

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Musician and composer Andrew Huang takes the famous Beethoven piano piece and asks what it sounds like completely inverted.
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Watch: This Brooklyn Duo Cover of 'Take On Me' is What You Need

Monday, February 06, 2017

Brooklyn Duo joined the talented young musicians of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect for a chamber cover of a synth-pop favorite.
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This Week's Salute to Black History, Feb. 6-10

Monday, February 06, 2017

Each weekday for the month of February, WQXR profiles the work of black creatives who shaped the history of classical music. Catch it on-air at 1 pm and 7 pm.
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