Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient Armenian sacred music with jazz piano.
October 9, 2015 Award-winning pianist Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient sacred hymns from his homeland with improvisation, and a little mystery.
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma turns 60. What musical adventure will he try next?
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October 7, 2015 Sample the musically omnivorous cellist's wide-ranging work — from J.S. Bach to modern invocations of ancient folk traditions.
To mark the first day of fall, try this autumn music puzzler.
September 23, 2015 Do your musical tastes change with the turning of autumn leaves? Try this fall music quiz filled with songs of wistful introspection.
Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the subject of a new documentary.
September 11, 2015 To mark the 80th birthday of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (Bjork and Michael Stipe are among his fans), preview an upcoming documentary and explore a few facts and myths about this singular artist.
New York Philharmonic principal bassoonist Judith LeClair acknowledges applause at a concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
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September 9, 2015 The principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic, Judith LeClair, wonders if you can identify a few significant solos in the history of her instrument.
September 3, 2015 The composer and musical tinkerer's new project is called SLEEP, which inspired a video in which angelic voices offer a soothing balm for a hectic world.
Jonas Kaufmann's Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album comes out September 11.
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September 2, 2015 With a muscular, mahogany-colored voice, one of the today's finest tenors sings his way through the hits and lesser-known operas by Puccini.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk was America's first musical superstar.
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August 31, 2015 Music by New Orleans native Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America's first musical superstar, is a gumbo of styles including pop and classical.
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Itzhak Perlman, who turns 70 on Monday, has been playing the violin for 67 years.
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August 31, 2015 To mark the beloved violinist's 70th birthday, take a look back at a handful of memorable moments, from appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show to starting his own education program.
Anna Thorvaldsdottír's music evokes the beautifully austere landscapes of her native Iceland.
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August 19, 2015 With flashes of lyricism, a young composer excels at weaving sound textures together to create distinct atmospheres. Hear the album, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ gives a Gershwin classic an expressive, evocative twist with the đàn bâù, a traditional Vietnamese instrument.
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August 11, 2015 Performer and composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ gives the Gershwin classic a distinct Vietnamese twist with the đàn bâù, an evocative traditional instrument.
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William Schimmel distills Mahler's lengthy Ninth Symphony down to under seven minutes.
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August 4, 2015 Accordionist William Schimmel creates a daring yet touching six-minute distillation of Mahler's mighty Ninth, with detours for tango and trumpet solos by Wynton Marsalis.
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Denise Burt's album cover designs are as cutting-edge as the music they represent.
July 30, 2015 For graphic designer Denise Burt, knowing little about classical music actually helped her create cutting-edge album covers. See her work and hear the music that inspired it.
Pianist Ivan Moravec was known for his lyrical playing and recordings of Chopin and Mozart.
July 28, 2015 Eschewing a glitzy career, the pianist, who was heard in the movie Amadeus, earned a reputation as one of the greats of his generation, especially praised for his Chopin performances.
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July 28, 2015 Designing classical album covers is hard. But being new to the music makes it easier for Denise Burt.
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