January 23, 2008 What would you do for your sweetheart? Climb the highest mountain; swim the deepest sea? How about infiltrating a Spanish prison and impersonating a member of the opposite sex? That's the story behind Beethoven's Leonore. Hear excerpts in concert.
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December 13, 2007 Tired of hearing the same old Christmas tunes? The American Composers Forum sponsors an annual Christmas carol contest. Hear this year's winners.
December 7, 2007 German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen died Wednesday after a short illness. From his outrageous compositions (such as the Quartet for strings and four helicopters) to his many lectures, Stockhausen was one of the most vibrant voices in avant-garde music.
December 3, 2007 Peter Lieberson set love sonnets by Pablo Neruda to music. They turned out to be a farewell gift to his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who sang the songs' world premiere before she died. Now, the music has won the prestigious Grawemeyer award.
November 21, 2007 What happens when a good feast goes bad? Find out in Handel's Oratorio Belshazzar, the tale of an arrogant Babylonian King and his demise. Kent Tritle conducts Handel's gorgeous music in concert at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York.
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November 13, 2007 Invite the world's finest orchestra to play in the world's most famous concert hall, and the makings for a major musical event are in place. Hear the famed Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, playing music by Mahler, as well as an exciting U.S. premiere by Thomas Ades.
November 6, 2007 When Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 made its debut in 1889, it was misunderstood not only by audiences, but also by the composer himself. Mahler revised, renamed and retooled his sumptuously scored symphony several times.
November 4, 2007 Joshua Bell has unpacked his fancy fiddle in places as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Washington, D.C. subway. Hear him, along with pianist Jeremy Denk, play the passionate Violin Sonata No. 1 by Saint-Saens in concert at the intimate Spivey Hall, near Atlanta.
October 31, 2007 After WWI, the British were lamenting a lost era and eager for something new. Edward Elgar gave them a meditative, compelling cello concerto. Steven Isserlis plays Elgar's autumnal music in concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
October 4, 2007 With votes from Gramophone magazine critics and listeners of 15 classical radio networks, Fischer has topped the world's largest classical-music poll, receiving the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year award.
September 28, 2007 Singer-song writer Joni Mitchell removed herself from the musical spotlight for nearly a decade. Then, in a burst of activity over the past months, she has collaborated on a ballet, launched an art exhibit and released a new album.
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September 26, 2007 Conductor Marin Alsop recently made history by being named the first woman to head a major American orchestra. She plans to lead the Baltimore Symphony in a mix of cutting-edge contemporary pieces and core classics.
September 25, 2007 Soprano Dawn Upshaw is an equal-opportunity vocalist. From Bach to Broadway to today's composers, her creative approach to vocal music and her solid technique have earned her a 2007 MacArthur "genius" grant.
September 22, 2007 She smokes and drinks and brings men to their knees just by crooning a breathy Habanera. She's Carmen, the supreme diva of operatic femmes fatales, the controversial heroine of Bizet's popular opera.
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September 16, 2007 Opera superstar Maria Callas died 30 years ago Sunday, at age 53. But you'd hardly know she was gone, judging from the steady stream of releases from her record company. It's a testament to the continuing appeal of a great artist.
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