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Studio Sessions

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes an assortment of French music to WGBH, in Boston.

May 13, 2010 The French pianist focuses on modern music from his homeland at the WGBH studio in Boston.

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Interviews & Profiles

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December 10, 2008 On the composer's 100th birthday, hear his tribute to divine grandeur and "immense solitude."

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October 12, 2007 Alex Ross' book The Rest Is Noise chronicles classical music in the 20th century.

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Discover Songs

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December 9, 2009 Minnesota Public Radio's Michael Barone introduces 10 overlooked but excellent classical albums.

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December 10, 2008 On the composer's 100th birthday, hear his tribute to divine grandeur and "immense solitude."

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News

Cover art for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Grammy-winning CD.

February 14, 2011 When a recording of dense, mystical organ music wins, something good has happened at the Grammys.

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December 10, 2008 On the composer's 100th birthday, hear his tribute to divine grandeur and "immense solitude."

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

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Chopin

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Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

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M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

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The Rite of Spring

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  • Album: The Rite of Spring
  • Artist: Igor Stravinsky
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Sibelius: Symphonies 4-7

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  • Artist: Herbert Von Karajan
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  • Album: Music for 18 Musicians
  • Artist: Steve Reich
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Quartet for the End of Time

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  • Album: Quartet for the End of Time
  • Artist: Olivier Messiaen
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Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre

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  • Album: Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre
  • Artist: Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Olivier Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise

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  • Album: Olivier Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise
  • Artist: Kent Nagano
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  • Album: Henze: The Young Lord
  • Artist: Christoph von Dohnányi
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  • Released: 1996
 

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

Olivier Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles

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  • Album: Olivier Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles
  • Artist: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
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  • Released: 2002
 

Le Sacre du Printemps [Hybrid SACD]

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  • Album: Le Sacre du Printemps [Hybrid SACD]
  • Artist: Esa-Pekka Salonen
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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
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Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel; Why Patterns?

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