Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers. Bettmann/Corbis 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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The adventurous Ebene Quartet kicks off a week of live chamber music at the Greene Space at WQXR in New York. Herve Martin/Virgin Classics hide caption

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