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March 14, 2015 The venturesome duo plays visionary Beethoven, heartbreaking Janáček and a piece by Philip Glass that unfolds like a lullaby.
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András Schiff takes late sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to Carnegie Hall.
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March 10, 2015 Hear the eminent pianist in a recital of sublime works spanning Classical-era elegance and introspective Romantic drama.
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Portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, ca. 1818.
August 5, 2014 Author Jan Swafford has just published a Beethoven biography — and he's sharing surprising facts he learned while writing his book. See some here and join us at noon today for a session on Reddit.
August 3, 2014 Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.
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A late 15th-century icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh with the Saints of Rostov adorns the cover of a new album of Russian Orthodox Church music by the vocal ensemble Conspirare.
March 18, 2014 Sample a trio of new vocal albums ranging from a blistering Beethoven Mass to ancient Russian Orthodox traditions and an opulent but overlooked opera from the dawn of the 20th century.
A Chinese student at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, where speakers playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony were rigged up to drown out government broadcasts.
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January 14, 2014 Melissa Block talks with Kerry Candaele, director of the documentary Following the Ninth. The film explores how Beethoven's Ninth Symphony continues to "offer hope in an unhappy world."
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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.
The elegant conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance from Carnegie Hall on November 13, 2013.
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November 13, 2013 Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas welcomes recent MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Jeremy Denk to the piano as part of a far-reaching program. Hear Viennese classics, as well as bold American works.
Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.
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October 24, 2013 From pulsing techno to alluring ambient, hear what happens when two seemingly opposite musical realms collide on the dance floor and in the chill room. Hear Madonna collaborator William Orbit's take on Beethoven, a beatified version of Barber's Adagio and a techno take on the Carmina Burana.
Lisa Batiashvili plays the Stradivarius used to help birth Brahms' great Violin Concerto in D.
March 19, 2013 New albums of music by the "Three Bs" prove that going back to the basics has its advantages. Hear a sweet-toned violin concerto, an audacious piano sonata and a solo cello suite caressed by a lute.
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