In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11. Michael Patrick O'Leary/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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One of our favorite albums so far this year is by violinist and composer Todd Reynolds. Mark Kingsley/Innova records hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

NPR Classical's Best Albums Of The Year (So Far)

Discover our favorite classical picks from 2011's first half, and vote for a few of your own.

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As a boy chorister, Nico Muhly was inspired by the melding of words and music by William Byrd. Samantha West hide caption

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Luis Diaz (from left), Jenny Undercofler (music director), David Valbuena, Nico Muhly (composer), Haley Gillia, Ramin Abrams, Ethan Cohn and Amanda Lubin of Face the Music. Joan Jastrebski hide caption

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