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September 7, 2007 Leif Ove Andsnes makes the old sound newly minted. He plays Grieg's Piano Concerto in concert.

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August 6, 2009 Spend the latter part of the season reveling in classical composers who embraced summer nights.

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The album cover for Dutilleux' Correspondances and other works, which won the Contemporary prize at the 2013 Gramophone Awards.

August 27, 2013 The British magazine has trimmed down the number of awards it hands out.

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Occupy Wall Street protesters at Lincoln Center being addressed by composer Philip Glass December 1, 2011.

December 2, 2011 Philip Glass at a protest, Chailly's health troubles and Church's sad story.

Reviews

Cover art for Esa-Pekka Salonen's new album, Out of Nowhere.

October 16, 2012 The composer-conductor's award-winning Violin Concerto makes a stunning CD debut.

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György Ligeti's surreal opera Le Grand Macabre was the hit of the New York Philharmonic's 2009-2010 season, in a semi-staged production that featured Barbara Hannigan (left) as Gepopo and Anthony Roth Costanzo as Prince Go-Go.

April 25, 2012 European opera ranged from realistic to unhinged in the 20th century.

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December 12, 2006 WGUC music director Kent Teeters compiled this list of the year's best classical CD discoveries.

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December 1, 2006 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the symphonic (and, for Finns, iconic) poem.

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November 21, 2007 Critic Alex Ross chooses five classics from the 20th century that pop-music fans should hear.

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Henri Dutilleux: Correspondances

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  • Album: Henri Dutilleux: Correspondances
  • Artist: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2013
 

Salonen: Out of Nowhere - Violin Concerto; Nyx

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  • Album: Salonen: Out of Nowhere - Violin Concerto; Nyx
  • Artist: Leila Josefowicz
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2012
 

Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre

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  • Album: Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre
  • Artist: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Released: 1999
 

Olivier Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise

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  • Album: Olivier Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise
  • Artist: Kent Nagano
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1999
 

Henze: The Young Lord

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  • Album: Henze: The Young Lord
  • Artist: Christoph von Dohnányi
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1996
 

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes

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  • Album: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
  • Artist: Benjamin Britten
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1985
 

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8

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  • Album: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8
  • Artist: Osmo Vanska/Minnesota Orchestra
 

Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, etc.

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  • Album: Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, etc.
  • Artist: Paavo Jarvi/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
 

Bach: Works for Trumpet

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  • Album: Bach: Works for Trumpet
  • Artist: Alison Balsom
 

Grieg: Norwegian Dances, etc.

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  • Album: Grieg: Norwegian Dances, etc.
  • Artist: Paavo Jarvi/Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
 

Nuove musiche

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  • Album: Nuove musiche
  • Artist: Rolf Lislevand
 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6/Serenade for Strings

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  • Album: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6/Serenade for Strings
  • Artist: Daniele Gatti/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
 

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst and Other Choral Works

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  • Album: Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst and Other Choral Works
  • Artist: Stephen Layton
 

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps, etc.

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  • Album: Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps, etc.
  • Artist: Esa-Pekka Salonen/Los Angeles Philharmo
 

Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 5 & 7

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  • Album: Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 5 & 7
  • Artist: Gustavo Dudamel/Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
 

Milestones of the Millennium: Songs & Dances - Nationalism in Music

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  • Album: Milestones of the Millennium: Songs & Dances - Nationalism in Music
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Released: 1999
 

Shakespeare's Music: Classic and Popular Music Inspired by the Plays

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  • Album: Shakespeare's Music: Classic and Popular Music Inspired by the Plays
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Telarc
 

Swedish Orchestral Favourites

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  • Album: Swedish Orchestral Favourites
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Naxos
  • Released: 1995
 

Prokofiev: Cinderella

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  • Album: Prokofiev: Cinderella
  • Artist: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1995
 

Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time; Bartók: Contrasts

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  • Album: Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time; Bartók: Contrasts
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Delos
  • Released: 1986
 

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel; Why Patterns?

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  • Album: Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel; Why Patterns?
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: New Albion
  • Released: 1991
 

Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

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  • Album: Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
  • Artist: Steve Reich
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Released: 1998
 

Grieg's Piano Concerto

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  • Album: Grieg's Piano Concerto
  • Artist: Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Label: VIRGIN CLASSICS
  • Released: 2000