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Composer Richard Strauss in London in 1914.
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June 11, 2014 Although his music is popular, Strauss remains an enigma to some and a polarizing figure for others. To mark the composer's sesquicentennial, here's a puzzler to test know-it-alls and tempt newbies.
Jonathan Carney is the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
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April 8, 2014 What is a concertmaster? The orchestra's lead violinist who plays all those tricky solos. Test your knowledge of fiddling against Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony.
July 26, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
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?
Fathers have played an important role in shaping musical history.
June 15, 2012 Commentator Miles Hoffman introduces a few famous dads whose children became master musicians.
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Soprano Cheryl Barker (as Jenůfa) and tenor Peter Wedd (as Luca) sing in a production of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa from Opera Australia.
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April 18, 2012 Hear opera reinvent itself in the hands of cutting-edge composers facing an uncertain new century.
Can you make out to Mozart, or shack up to Chopin? Composers can turn on the sex appeal when necessary.
February 10, 2012 Just in time for Valentine's Day, classics that depict a lot more than just cuddling.
Richard Strauss' iconic opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra evokes a sense of vastness and power, Marin Alsop says.
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January 13, 2012 Conductor Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.
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December 9, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Soprano Karita Mattila and pianist Martin Katz perform live at Carnegie Hall: December 10, 2011.
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December 9, 2011 A soprano who holds nothing back offers an intimate program of French, Viennese and Finnish songs.
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