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The Collaborative Concept Album 'Planetarium' Captures Cosmic Grandeur And Desolation

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Sleater-Kinney (from left, Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker) will release new music as part of a series to benefit Planned Parenthood. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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Nico Muhly's new holiday song is based on Longfellow's poem Snow-flakes. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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06Whispered and Revealed

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    Whispered and Revealed
    Album
    Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas
    Artist
    Essential Voices USA
    Label
    Sono Luminus
    Released
    2015

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In 27 Pieces

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

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