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December 4, 2009 With these 2009 releases, you'll find a few fresh faces: musicians hovering around age 30, including the young Jonathan Biss and the sublime Dutch fiddler Janine Jansen. Plus, this year proved exceptionally strong for music by and from Russians. Enjoy a sampling of both classic and less-familiar fare.
June 16, 2009 Gustav Holst evokes the astrological character of the planets in his popular symphonic suite. John Eliot Gardiner tops the list of conductors who have recorded Holst's forerunner of science-fiction soundtracks.
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September 26, 2008 One of the appealing things about Lalo Schifrin's theme to Mission Impossible is that it's written in 5/4 time: five beats to the measure, instead of the more commonplace three or four. WNYC's Sara Fishko explores the atypical time signature's usage in music by Tchaikovsky, Dave Brubeck and more.
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September 10, 2006 Gustav Holst's iconic work "The Planets" was finished before Pluto was spotted. Six years ago, British composer Colin Matthews wrote "Pluto, the Renewer" to round out the set. Now that Pluto has been bounced from the planetary club, what becomes of Matthews' star-crossed composition?
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August 28, 2006 Pluto is no longer a planet? So what about music written for the planet Pluto? Performance Today gets a quick update from NPR science reporter David Kestenbaum, then plays music for a planet not likely to be voted out of the solar system: Jupiter, from "The Planets," by Gustav Holst.
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