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Lorin Maazel conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 — with no score — live at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2012.
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March 1, 2012 Lorin Maazel leads the revered orchestra in Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and his own 'Ring Without Words' — Wagner's 'Ring' whittled down to 70 singer-free minutes.
Baritone Thomas Hampson has spent a substantial portion of his career singing the music of Gustav Mahler.
July 6, 2010 To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, baritone Thomas Hampson hand-picks his favorite recordings and reflects on a career performing the vocal music of Gustav Mahler.
At age 85, conductor Pierre Boulez says he might start to cut back on concerts in favor of spending more time composing.
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May 24, 2010 He's been at the forefront of contemporary music and conducting for more than half a century. Marking his 85th birthday this spring, a number of new Boulez CDs and DVDs have been released. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews three of the latest.
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December 9, 2009 In keeping with the musically offbeat direction of his weekly show ("The New Releases") on Minnesota Public Radio, host Michael Barone introduces 10 overlooked but excellent classical albums from 2009.
In the final movement of his Fourth Symphony, Johannes Brahms releases a pent-up tide of emotion.
August 11, 2009 Whenever the reclusive Carlos Kleiber conducted an orchestra, it was a major event. Hear him bring out all the pent-up emotions in Brahms' final symphony, with the help of the Vienna Philharmonic.
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July 13, 2007 The brilliant soprano Anna Netrebko stars in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, an opera with a slapstick surface that hides deeply emotional roots. The production is from the Salzburg Festival.
May 4, 2007 Mozart's masterpiece Cosi fan tutte is billed as a comedy, but it often leaves romantically inclined listeners feeling just a little bit queasy. It comes to us from the Salzburg Festival, in a production featuring the Vienna Philharmonic.
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