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Colin Davis found power in humility later in his career — and one astonished music journalist.
April 17, 2013 What impressed most about Colin Davis wasn't his extraordinarily broad view of music and art, his eloquent turns of phrase, or even his naughty sense of humor, but it was instead something less tangible — his sense of self.
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In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he imagines his own march to the guillotine.
March 7, 2013 In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, brass snarl and winds shriek like feral beasts in an opium-fueled dream of passion, murder and execution by guillotine.
Reneé Fleming (right) and Susan Graham — two "cheerful Americans" often mistaken for each other — are planning an intimate evening of French song.
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January 23, 2013 Two opera stars conjure the intimate atmosphere of the late 19th-century Parisian salon, telling stories and singing songs by Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Debussy.
Robin Ticciati conducts beyond his years in a debut recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
July 17, 2012 Robin Ticciati's boyish looks belie a seasoned approach to Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.
Which composers would you invite to your Thanksgiving table?
November 18, 2011 Commentator Miles Hoffman invites an eclectic group of long-gone composers to Thanksgiving dinner.
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August 1, 2011 Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson died a little more than five years ago at the height of her career. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says that, just when it seemed we weren't going to hear her sing anything new, some fantastic live performances have just been released for the first time.
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Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.
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June 27, 2011 Sex, drugs, guts and politics: An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate online and in our offices.
October 28, 2010 Halloween is all about "treats" and "tricks." Test your knowledge of creepy classics by taking this interactive quiz. If you dare.
June 4, 2010 From the mercurial twists in CPE Bach's keyboard sonatas to the sprawling, nearly empty canvas of Morton Feldman's Trio, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz spin an extra-wide variety of new classical CDs.
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December 21, 2009 Driven by a dream of a child who'll destroy him, Herod flies into a rage that drives the holy family to flee into Egypt. Hear the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, with conductor Douglas Boyd and soloists, perform Hector Berlioz's vivid L'Enfance du Christ in concert.
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