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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean by John Luther Adams is one of NPR Classical's favorite albums of 2014.
December 12, 2014 Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share.
Several hundred protesters picket the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center, Sept. 22, 2014. "You will be made to destroy that set," Jeffrey Wiesenfeld said.
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October 17, 2014 Some critics charge that John Adams' opera is anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic. But the opera's supporters dispute that. With its Met debut on Monday, there are calls to burn the set to the ground.
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American composer John Adams has written a new concerto for saxophone.
June 12, 2014 In the tradition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, composers from Japan, Armenia and the U.S. paint colorful pictures by posing soloists in front of orchestras.
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James Conion leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on May 09, 2014.
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May 9, 2014 Hear an intriguing program pairing John Adams' gorgeous Harmonium with an oratorio by black Canadian-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett — a work whose 1937 premiere was weirdly cut short.
Composer John Adams.
March 23, 2014 Adams speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about a large-scale work inspired by the women in Jesus' life.
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David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin.
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August 13, 2013 Conductor David Robertson decodes America's orchestral anxieties, from nurturing new works to playing the classics. "I'm seen by many people as having horns and a forked tail," he says, "because I actually love to discover something that has not been played before."
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The Attacca String Quartet's latest album celebrates John Adams.
April 6, 2013 From the radiant voices of a Latvian choir to a fresh young string quartet and a seasoned symphony, NPR's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012.
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December 7, 2012 What you want to know about classical music this week, from our ten must-hear albums to the Grammy nominations to Dave Brubeck's classical music and composer Jonathan Harvey's passing. Plus: New York City Opera selling most of its sets and the jailhouse orchestra that players don't want to leave.
Clockwise from upper left: Acid Pauli, Kendrick Lamar, Samuel Yirga, Kelan Philip Cohran, Waxahatchee, Pallbearer, Matthew Dear
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November 27, 2012 We can only scratch the surface of all the great music out there in a given year. On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton try to make up for lost ground with a look at some of the great records they missed, with some help from their colleagues.
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With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.
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November 1, 2012 Terrorism, worrying about China and immigration from Mexico — these sound like topics for Obama vs. Romney, but these pressing political issues have also found their way into today's opera houses. Watch excerpts from five contemporary operas that grapple with these hot potatoes head-on.
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