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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers.
January 28, 2013 The Mendelssohns grew up making music together in Berlin at the beginning of the 19th century. Felix, younger by four years, became one of history's most brilliant composers. Fanny, a strong-willed pianist but worried about her worth as a composer, has been neglected.
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January 25, 2013 Watch one of today's top string quartets delve deep at a Brooklyn bookstore to play the dark-hued second movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Op. 80 string quartet.
December 5, 2011 This year was about changing perspectives. American string quartet Brooklyn Rider revealed a warmer Philip Glass and France's Ebène Quartet found a common thread from Mozart to Bruce Springsteen. Demdike Stare proved that dark techno can be breathtakingly beautiful and Conor Oberst reinvented himself as a rock star. The list of our 50 favorite records of 2011 continues with Bright Eyes, Brooklyn Rider and more artists from B to E.
Musical gumbo: The Savannah Music Festival mixes a broad variety of musicians and genres each year.
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July 13, 2011 Hear some of the top classical artists in concert at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival.
One of our favorite albums so far this year is by violinist and composer Todd Reynolds.
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June 15, 2011 Discover our favorite classical picks from 2011's first half, and vote for a few of your own.
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June 14, 2011 If you're looking for the best of 2011's first half in virtually every major musical genre, here's a good starting point. The list of our 25 favorite albums of the year (so far) continues with Dominik Eulberg and more artists from D to F.
Members of Ensemble ACJW take part in "Trout Week," a series of chamber music concerts live from the Greene Space in New York.
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April 4, 2011 Hear and watch a week's worth of chamber music from WQXR's Greene Space in New York, including ETHEL, the Ebene Quartet, Ensemble ACJW and the JACK Quartet.
The adventurous Ebene Quartet kicks off a week of live chamber music at the Greene Space at WQXR in New York.
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April 4, 2011 The versatile Parisian string quartet adds spice to a traditionally fusty corner of classical music. The group plays an exuberant mix of music by Debussy, Miles Davis and Astor Piazzolla.
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The Ebene Quartet broadens the quartet form in their new album.
March 13, 2011 They won a big award for playing Debussy and Ravel, but the members of the innovative Ebene Quartet are out to break new ground on their new album. Hear Fiction, a fresh take on jazz and pop standards, in its entirety the week before its March 22 release.
The Paris-based Ebène Quartet mixes pop and jazz pieces into its straight-ahead classical concerts.
August 24, 2010 The versatile French quartet plays Ravel and Debussy as if born to do it, but the group also delights in surf-rock and jazz. Hear the Ebene Quartet play it all in the WNYC studios.
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