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Soprano Jessye Norman leaves the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on Thursday after taping the Late Show with David Letterman.
November 25, 2014 After decades of performing, the celebrated soprano's enthusiasm for music is irresistible. She chooses some of her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.
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In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.
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September 20, 2013 As a fledgling classical soprano in New York, Norman went to hear singers like Mabel Mercer perform. She tells WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton that her study of jazz vocalists influenced the way she interprets songs — including operatic arias.
A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
December 24, 2012 The flow of good classical Christmas albums seems to have slowed to a trickle. And that's got one holiday listener longing for holiday albums from years past, from Jessye Norman's Christmastide, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and carols led by Robert Shaw.
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What happens when musicians slow the music way down?
August 20, 2012 It's good to take it easy during the dog days of summer. But how slow is too slow in classical music?
Why are your musical tastes a reflection of you?
August 9, 2012 More than ever, music matters to us. But why do we like what we like? "Six Songs of Me," a new project launched by a British publication, may ultimately provide some answers.
Soprano Veronique Gens and tenor Joseph Kaiser star in a production of Gluck's Alceste at the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival.
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March 8, 2012 The excesses of the early 18th century take a decisive hit from a reformer named Gluck.
The changing of the season can trigger a change in musical appetite.
September 22, 2011 Some music can trigger a sense of fall. Watch Jessye Norman sing one of Strauss' autumnal treasures.
May 29, 2011 More than the other arts, music has the power to bring back memories, to assuage heartache and bring release. Tell us which pieces get you through the Memorial Day holiday.
September 27, 2010 What's the saddest music you know? Hear the finest of the forlorn, the best of the bereaved, and the paramount of the pessimistic. And, tell your own story of sad music that has moved you.
Soprano Jessye Norman turns 65 today.
September 15, 2010 If you've never heard the great soprano sing, this video just may turn out to be life-changing moment. If you know her, here's further proof of the immense grandeur of her voice -- as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon, and yet intimate.
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