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Members of the ensemble So Percussion join conductor Gustavo Dudamel for the U.S. premiere of David Lang's man made at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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October 2, 2014 Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler's Fifth Symphony and a new percussion concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang in this season opener at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
John Bonham of Led Zeppelin at the Los Angeles-area Inglewood Forum in 1973.
August 8, 2014 In classical music, percussionists go wild with drums of all shapes and sizes. Can you guess which pieces spotlight the timpani, snare and bass drums?
Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.
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April 12, 2014 An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to Mahler's multilayered music.
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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.
September 27, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.
March 21, 2013 The idea of transforming the children's song "Frère Jacques" into a funeral march was both creepy and ingenious, making Gustav Mahler's very first symphony a bold game changer.
Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
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February 13, 2013 For centuries composers have written love letters, but not by scratching words on paper. Their language is music. Hear five passionate outpourings by the likes of Mahler, Elgar, Janáček and Peter Lieberson.
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January 4, 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?
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená collaborated with a conductor she knows well, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle — who's also her husband.
August 7, 2012 The mezzo-soprano's mastery of expression in a wide variety of music shines on her new album, a collaboration with her husband, conductor Simon Rattle.
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