The 26-year-old classically trained pianist tackles Rachmaninov's dense and intimidating "Concerto No. 3" in a new recording. The musician says she hears a connection between the challenging piece and improvisations from the late Art Tatum.
Hear On the Guarding of the Heart, an ethereal work for chamber orchestra that earned the award for the 38-year-old Serbian-born composer. He thinks of this music as a discourse about inner transformation.
Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has brought one of Leonardo da Vinci's lesser-known inventions to life. He spent almost four years building the "viola organista" — a unique musical instrument that looks like a piano but sounds like a quartet of string instruments.
On WQXR's Conducting Business podcast, we debate what makes for a really great holiday album. Is it oversized brass fanfares and choirs? Or cozy songs that you'd like to think were recorded beside a crackling fire?
Imagine you're a young composer having a piece premiered by the Boston Symphony — only to have the mood swing to unbearable tragedy. That's what happened to William Jay Sydeman, whose Study No. 2 premiered immediately before the audience learned of the president's death.
On the 80th birthday of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki — whose music helped make The Shining so terrifying — NPR's Arun Rath considers how the classical music of Penderecki's generation has been shaped by real-life horror.
If you simplified the last 100 years of music as a war between atonal and lyrical forces, Penderecki would be on the front lines of battle. Discover the great Polish composer's haunting, viscerally dramatic music in a Penderecki primer.
Born Nov. 22, 1913, Benjamin Britten went on to become one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, one whose work managed to push boundaries while still remaining tonal. The centennial of his birth is being marked by concerts around the world and a massive reissue of his recorded works.
Listen to an unforgettable response to the tragedy. Hear what happened next at Boston's Symphony Hall, just after conductor Erich Leinsdorf announced news of the assassination, and learn more about the backstage story.
For conductor Marin Alsop, discovering Benjamin Britten through his monumental War Requiem has been both easy and complex — a perfect summation of the man himself.