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October 22, 2010 Strauss's sumptuous one-act opera tells the lurid story of a young woman and her homicidal family.

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November 21, 2008 Strauss's sumptuous one-act opera tells the lurid story of a young woman and her homicidal family.

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November 4, 2007 Conductor Marin Alsop takes a trek up Richard Strauss' majestic "Alpine Symphony."

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August 2, 2006 In the spirit of mixing and matching music on MP3 players, a set of four short classical pieces.

Studio Sessions

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January 7, 2009 Gifted young musicians perform with panache, playing works from Beethoven to Ravel.

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July 2, 2008 Young musicians from around the country gather in Vermont to show off their outstanding skills.

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Interviews & Profiles

Richard Strauss' iconic opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra evokes a sense of vastness and power, Marin Alsop says.

January 14, 2012 Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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August 14, 2010 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic assortment of new music.

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Soprano Jessye Norman.

September 22, 2009 Hear the extraordinary opulence soprano Jessye Norman brings to Strauss' final songs.

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An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

January 5, 2009 Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.

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October 5, 2008 A new recording captures the world-famous soprano singing Strauss' masterpiece with a new direction.

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April 29, 2004 The soprano's new CD includes music she was to have sung at Covent Garden before she was fired.

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Discover Songs

The Annual Deceptive Cadence Halloween Puzzler

October 28, 2010 Test your knowledge of creepy classics by taking this interactive Halloween quiz. If you dare.

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June 12, 2007 Strauss' "At Sunset" is lit with the golden rays of a fall afternoon slipping away into twilight.

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January 1, 2008 In The Rest Is Noise, critic Alex Ross explores the richness of modern music.

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January 11, 2006 Nilsson is often described as the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the post-World War II era.

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More Stories

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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September 15, 2006 Carol Jantsch, 21, is the first woman to be a principal tuba player in a top U.S. orchestra.

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August 4, 2006 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, one of the 20th century's greatest opera singers, died Thursday at age 90.

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April 14, 2005 The acclaimed sextet performs music by Strauss and Schoenberg in NPR's Studio 4A.

April 15, 2007 Hugo von Hofmannsthal wrote the words for nine Strauss works, including Der Rosenkavalier.

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Elektra

October 28, 2011 A gruesome tale of one very dysfunctional family, courtesy of Richard Strauss.

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Jonathan Carney is the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

April 8, 2014 Test your knowledge of symphonic violin solos with the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony.

New Traffic Signs Near Tanglewood.

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 these dog days of summer. But how slow is too slow?

Soprano Cheryl Barker (as Jenůfa) and tenor Peter Wedd (as Luca) sing in a production of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa from Opera Australia.

April 18, 2012 Opera reinvents itself in the hands of innovative composers facing a 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 cuddling.

Filibustering the Philharmonic.

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.

December 9, 2011 A soprano who holds nothing back in an intimate program of French, Viennese and Finnish songs.

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.

Cellist Pablo Casals, violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Harold Bauer and conductor Walter  Damrosch in 1904.

May 5, 2011 From Tchaikovsky to Terry Riley: 120 years of artists at the world's most famous venue.

Conductor Nicholas McGegan loves to languish in the late music of Richard Strauss.

March 16, 2011 Conductor Nicholas McGegan gets nostalgic when he hears the music of any composer named Strauss.

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