The Tallis Scholars sing the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
March 19, 2015 A British choral group, known for its incandescent sound, reveals bells and sunlight in the Estonian composer's Nunc dimittis.
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Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman.
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June 2, 2014 The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.
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The young pianist Inon Barnatan plays Debussy and Ravel with striking assurance.
August 5, 2012 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
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Conductor John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir has been named the best choir in the world by Gramophone magazine.
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December 21, 2010 The venerable British classical music magazine Gramophone has just revealed its ranking of the greatest choirs in the world. Is it a crime that not a single American group made the list? Read an interview with the magazine's editor, James Inverne.
September 27, 2010 What's the saddest music you know? Hear the finest of the forlorn, the best of the bereaved, and the paramount of the pessimistic. And, tell your own story of sad music that has moved you.
April 28, 2003 It may sound like classical music, but for NPR reviewer Tom Manoff, it's pancultural — an unusual mix of sounds from different cultures, languages and world instruments. On this special video edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen speaks with Manoff about pancultural music.
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