In the tradition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, composers from Japan, Armenia and the U.S. paint colorful pictures by posing soloists in front of orchestras.
Despite the perennial gloomy forecasts, the classical recording industry is robust and fiercely diverse. Read our recommendations and hear samples from compelling new CDs, downloads and DVDs.
A newly reissued set of symphonies from the decades after World War II recovers a gifted yet neglected composer, Vadim Salmanov. These live recordings burn with intensity and sorrow.
Sample a trio of new vocal albums ranging from a blistering Beethoven Mass to ancient Russian Orthodox traditions and an opulent but overlooked opera from the dawn of the 20th century.
Deceptive Cadence host Anastasia Tsioulcas talks with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about three essential classical and world music releases from 2013 from very different parts of the globe: Bartok's Hungarian dancing, a percussion epic from Alaska and sweaty Nigerian funk.
It's been a banner year for classical box sets. Deceptive Cadence hosts Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga tell us why and choose a few of their favorites.
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.
When Bryce Dessner of The National and Clogs wrote his first piece for string quartet, it was premiered by one of the great ensembles, the Kronos Quartet. Watch the video premiere of Dessner's 'Aheym,' with kinetic imagery by artist Matthew Ritchie.
Explore three unique pieces that aren't symphonies but have epic sweep: Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece In C, Phil Kline's holiday boombox parade Unsilent Night and John Luther Adams' percussion extravaganza Inuksuit — and hear a sneak preview of a terrific new recording.
From a new concerto by Béla Fleck to established concertos by Béla Bartok, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden spin a wide variety of new classical recordings.
A bright-eyed child transforms an elegiac prayer in a new video from New York Polyphony and director Mark DeChiazza, featuring incandescent music by the late English composer Richard Rodney Bennett.