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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.
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September 25, 2013 In his new tribute album, pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi finds common ground between two odd bedfellows — composer Francis Poulenc and singer Edith Piaf. Their connection, he says, is the powerful way they expressed emotions through the beautiful melodies in their songs.
January 30, 2013 Poulenc wrote music that popped like corks from Champagne, dizzy with the sounds of Parisian music halls and jazz. Yet he also channeled great emotional depth and spirituality. On the 50th anniversary of his death, we remember the brilliant contradictions within the French composer.
January 4, 2013 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.
This beautiful wooden box houses the new Michael Gordon piece, Timber, scored for six percussionists and six two-by-fours.
July 23, 2011 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
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A scene from Puccini's "Tosca"
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September 16, 2010 Where will True Blood fans get their fix now that season three has ended? In a word: Opera. Learn about, and hear, operas that make the adventures of Sookie, Bill, and the rest, seem like a soothing Sunday in the park.
August 8, 2008 French composers Jules Massenet and Francis Poulenc provide a potent reminder that love isn't always what it's cracked up to be in their one-act operas Portrait of Manon and La Voix Humaine, produced by Glimmerglass Opera.
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April 9, 2008 From the Top returns to its home at Boston's New England Conservatory, where an 18-year-old Texan puts a new spin on a piece of musical Americana, a teen quartet plays Mendelssohn, and a formerly "reluctant" cellist discovers Debussy. This program originally aired February 13, 2008.
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March 19, 2008 In its "Pipsqueak Highlights Show," From the Top revisits performances by very young musicians, accomplished beyond their years, including a 12-year-old violinist with a virtuoso showpiece by Wieniawski and an eight-year-old pianist who plays Debussy. This show originally aired January 24, 2007
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November 21, 2007 Like overeating at Thanksgiving, composers can overindulge on music. Commentator Miles Hoffman discusses the reaction some composers had to the "musical bloat" of the Bruckner and Mahler years. The result was a leaner musical waistline.
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