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Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, photographed at Ainola, his home outside Helsinki, in the 1940s.
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December 8, 2015 For the sesquicentennial of the composer's birth, Michael Steinberg introduces his proud and sometimes mysterious music, confirming his reputation as one of the greatest symphonists.
Music can be like a fleeting summer. You get to the end wondering, "How did we get here already?"
August 26, 2014 The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations.
Violinist Augustin Hadelich pairs a classic concerto with a contemporary one on this new album.
March 2, 2014 On his new album, the 29-year-old violinist finds connections between two seemingly disparate concertos by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès.
Classical albums we loved this year.
December 13, 2013 A guide to some of the most beautiful, thought-provoking and inspiring releases from the year gone by — from luminous choral singing to thunderous percussion to smart violin solos.
Colin Davis found power in humility later in his career — and one astonished music journalist.
April 17, 2013 What impressed most about Colin Davis wasn't his extraordinarily broad view of music and art, his eloquent turns of phrase, or even his naughty sense of humor, but it was instead something less tangible — his sense of self.
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Violist Nadia Sirota.
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February 12, 2013 From Christopher Purves' bottomless bass voice and the soaring Sibelius Fifth to a violist's new take on the Baroque, it's this week's list of albums we can't stop listening to.
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January 20, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
One of the great unknown Russian composers?: Tsar Alexander II of Russia, in a portrait from c. 1875.
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December 23, 2011 Newly rediscovered Russian aristocratic gems, Boston loses an opera company, piano-playing iPhones and much more: all the news that's fit to link.
What's on your summer playlist?
June 20, 2011 Do you go with the flow, listening to summer-themed pieces, or do you beat the heat with music that sounds chilly?
Can classical music get down and party?
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May 10, 2011 Can classical music get down and party? Some jazz musicians sure think so.
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