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Violinist Hilary Hahn.
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April 1, 2015 Violinist Hilary Hahn has been playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 since she was just 10 years old. Twenty-five years on, she brings grace and immense force and to this music.
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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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Madama Butterfly is one of many unhappy moms in opera.
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May 8, 2014 Mothers in opera tend to be, well, operatic — stressed, dramatic, expressive. Try identifying the manic moms in this Mother's Day puzzler.
Conductor (and flutist) Nicholas McGegan fell in love with opera as a kid.
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January 14, 2014 The celebrated conductor recalls how a brand new record player and a stack of Mozart LPs sparked his life-long love of opera. Hear what he describes as "still my favorite recording of my favorite piece in the world."
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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.
Timo Andres' new album, Home Stretch, comes out July 30.
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July 21, 2013 The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno. The results provide thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today.
Daniel Stepner performs on the violin once owned by Mozart himself.
June 19, 2013 Hear the full program and see an excerpt of the performances in Boston, thanks to a collaboration between the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Boston Early Music Festival and Classical New England.
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Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.
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June 14, 2013 Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other. The great composer's violin and viola, which are only pulled out of storage in Salzburg about once a year, are in the United States for the very first time. And the magic they wield is undeniable.
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Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.
May 9, 2013 Try rummaging through opera to find a tender scene between a mother and child and you'll come up stymied. Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
May 3, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.
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