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Classical albums we loved this year.
December 13, 2013 A guide to some of the most beautiful, thought-provoking and inspiring releases from the year gone by — from luminous choral singing to thunderous percussion to smart violin solos.
In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.
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November 3, 2013 The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them. Hear fascinating works by 27 contemporary composers, written especially for Hilary Hahn.
Robert Spano, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is a fan of the Third Symphony by Aaron Copland.
August 1, 2013 Five acclaimed American conductors and composers — from Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Higdon and David Lang to the Atlanta Symphony's Robert Spano — pick their favorite homegrown symphonic works.
David Lang's new album, Death Speaks, comes out April 30.
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April 21, 2013 With help from Franz Schubert and four stellar musicians, David Lang ponders the afterlife. Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer's new album in its entirety.
Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.
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January 24, 2012 The venerable new music collective celebrates its 25th anniversary with a free double CD.
Composer David Lang has no problem with classical music — he just thinks the name should change.
January 24, 2011 The stylistic categories we impose on music make it easier for people to talk about it — but only in ways which have little to do with how the musicians who make it want you to hear it. That can't be good.
April 7, 2008 The composer's spare but beautiful music was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's story The Little Match Girl and its religious connotations, as well as J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
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