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Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

To mark the sesquicentennial of the great French composer, a French piano virtuoso spins his favorite Debussy recordings.

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Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White

NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.

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