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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.
Yuja Wang at NPR's studio in Washington, D.C.
December 2, 2013 The 26-year-old classically trained pianist tackles Rachmaninov's dense and intimidating "Concerto No. 3" in a new recording. The musician says she hears a connection between the challenging piece and improvisations from the late Art Tatum.
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Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall.
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May 13, 2013 Pink Martini singer Storm Large joins Leonard Slatkin and the orchestra for Kurt Weill's satirical Seven Deadly Sins, in a program bookended by composers who straddled the turn of the last century.
Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.
March 4, 2013 Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78. See silver medalist Joyce Yang play for Cliburn — and his unforgettably moving response.
Lisa Smirnova studied Handel's suites for five years before recording them.
February 12, 2012 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
Pianist Alessio Bax has a passion for Bach and Rachmaninoff.
November 10, 2011 From delicate Bach to thundering Rachmaninoff, hear the young pianist perform in the APM studio.
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Nikolai Lugansky carries on the tradition of the grand Russian pianist.
Frank Stewart/ Savannah Music Festival
July 13, 2011 Hear an outstanding Russian pianist play Chopin and rarely heard Rachmaninov in recital.
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April 29, 2011 Classical music news from points all over, from Philadelphia to Johannesburg to London.
Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, with its lush slow movement, is a favorite of conductor Marin Alsop.
March 15, 2011 Conductor Marin Alsop has a secret musical pleasure — the adagio from Rachmaninoff's second symphony — but she's not guilty about it.
American pianist Earl Wild performs at his 90th-birthday recital at Carnegie Hall.
courtesy of the artist
January 27, 2010 Celebrated for his robust technique and rich tone, American pianist and composer Earl Wild died Saturday at age 94, after an eight-decade career. He performed for six American presidents and was the first pianist to give a solo recital on American television.
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