Tom Huizenga

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Opera singer Maria Ewing, known for her dramatic intensity, has died at age 71

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Acclaimed for her fearless performances in operas by Strauss and Bizet, Ewing also partly inspired Passing, a film written and directed by her daughter, Rebecca Hall.

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Hilary Hahn, 'Serenade for Life'

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Hear the violinist, celebrated for her beautiful tone, in a surprise gift from a departed composer.

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NPR's favorite history books of 2021

Sunday, December 26, 2021

From NPR's annual list of reading recommendations, Books We Love, we hear four suggestions of history books from 2021.

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Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Pēteris Vasks: 'Vēstījums'

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The Latvian composer's epic battle of light and dark is a symphonic message about the relationship between humans and nature.

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Simone Dinnerstein, 'Doctors and Interns'

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Listen to a highlight from composer Richard Danielpour's 15-movement piano cycle, which was inspired by essential workers' response to the pandemic.

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Tom Huizenga

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The NPR classical music critic shares his favorite albums and songs of 2021.

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Morgen Wurde, 'Weiht'

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Classical critic Tom Huizenga selects a standout track from an annual compilation of ambient works.

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Camerata Zürich, 'The Barn Owl has not Flown Away'

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

It's bad luck if a barn owl lands on your house and doesn't leave. The Swiss ensemble plays a colorful string arrangement of Leoš Janáček's haunting miniature.

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The Top 10 Classical Albums of 2021

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Discover a broad range of the year's best classical albums, from groundbreaking teenage percussionists and innovative opera singers to fierce orchestral composers and brainy pianists.

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Arooj Aftab: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Watch the Pakistan-born singer and her masterful band perform songs of love and loss in a decrepit, yet generously resonant, convent in Brooklyn.

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The fearless musical philosophy of Sofia Gubaidulina

Thursday, November 18, 2021

A new album, marking the Russian composer's 90th birthday, is packed with probing works for huge symphonic forces.

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Anna Netrebko, 'Akh! istomilas ya gorem'

Friday, November 05, 2021

From her first solo album in five years, soprano Anna Netrebko discovers all the bittersweet beauty in an aria by Tchaikovsky.

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mastroKristo, 'A Ritual'

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

If you're one of the bleary-eyed millions who find falling asleep at night challenging, listen up.

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5 opera scenes to sweep you off your feet

Monday, October 25, 2021

On World Opera Day, watch scenes that will make you fall in love with the art form — from a crazy day at Mozart's diner to a trippy trip to China with Richard Nixon.

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High Low Duo, 'The Enchanted Garden'

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Like singing in close harmony, a pair of guitars intertwine, finishing each other's phrases with radiant transparency in Ravel's magic garden.

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Stromae, 'Santé'

Monday, October 18, 2021

The Belgian polymath is back with a song that celebrates the hard-working people – from fishermen to restaurant staff – who keep our economies afloat.

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A young, all-women ensemble upends the percussion paradigm

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The members of Recap, four young women of color from New Jersey, have built a mission of gender equity into their striking debut album.

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Emily D'Angelo, 'Nausicaa'

Friday, October 08, 2021

Hear the young mezzo-soprano sing contemporary music of rare beauty, offering a voice of creamy muscularity.

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Recap, 'Hedera'

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Four young women of color founded the percussion quartet Recap in 2020. Their debut album is anchored by Hedera, a mesmerizing work for drums and voice.

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Carlisle Floyd, a founding father of American opera, has died at age 95

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Known primarily for his southern-flavored operas, Floyd helped create an American opera vernacular. His 1955 hit Susannah won the New York Music Critics Circle Award and helped launch his career.

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