A satellite's view of Hurricane Sandy as it moves inland, Oct. 30, 2012.
October 31, 2012 Over centuries of nasty weather, composers have whipped up some impressive orchestral storms of their own. Put on your musical meteorologist cap to identify the symphonic tempests and their authors in this interactive puzzler, which shows low-pressure cells in the concert hall and the opera house.
For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.
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October 30, 2012 Over the centuries, the durable music of J.S. Bach has withstood almost every type of makeover — sounding unscathed on anything from a banjo to a Japanese shamisen. Violinist Gidon Kremer's new album features fresh arrangements of the master's music and new works by 11 contemporary composers.
Bass Boris Christoff plays Philip II of Spain in Verdi's Don Carlo. Although the real Philip was a successful politician, he bankrupted his government four times.
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October 24, 2012 As election season sprints to the finish, take a detour to identify some operatic officeholders in an interactive political puzzler. Can you tell an emperor from a senator, a president from a king? Click, listen and test your knowledge of singing politicians.
The original production of John Adams' Nixon in China (at Houston Grand Opera) celebrates the 25-year mark.
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October 22, 2012 John Adams' first opera premiered 25 years ago today at Houston Grand Opera. Not only did Nixon in China bring recent history on stage, it ushered in a wave of operas based on contemporary personalities. Watch an excerpt of the original production, directed by Peter Sellars.
After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
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October 19, 2012 Another week of peaks and valleys — Indianapolis returns its symphony to the stage, a Cuban ensemble is visiting Pennsylvania and Seattle threatens to strike. Meanwhile, Philly Orchestra players offer to replace a child's missing trombone. It's all the classical music news that's fit to link.
Simone Dinnerstein communes with the music of J.S. Bach at the NPR studio.
October 18, 2012 Hear the celebrated Bach interpreter play the tranquil Partita No. 1 in the NPR studio. Dinnerstein — who burst onto the scene with a popular recording of the Goldberg Variations — phrases her Bach lovingly, taking great care to find the subtle gestures and and ideas in and around the notes.
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Composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen's award-winning Violin Concerto receives its debut recording.
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October 16, 2012 The composer-conductor's award-winning Violin Concerto makes a stunning CD debut with violinist and McArthur "genius grant" fellow Leila Josefowicz. The exceptionally vivid music says farewell to the LA Philharmonic, which he led for 17 years and turned into a model of innovation.
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Another solid album from Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz shows he's an artist of distinction.
September 26, 2012 With a new album, Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz proves his multiple wins at the 2005 Chopin Competition were no fluke.
Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the music of Agostino Steffani, a 17th-century composer who led a double life as a diplomat.
September 24, 2012 The award-winning soprano uncovers the music of an Italian composer on her new album, Mission.
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September 23, 2012 The celebrated mezzo-soprano unearths music from a mysterious Baroque composer who doubled as a diplomat. Mission stands as another fascinating success in Bartoli's keen and continuing musical archeology.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" isn't the only pop song to get the classical music treatment.
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September 19, 2012 What happens when pop songs dress up in classical music clothes? Test your wits in a listening quiz.
Composer William Duckworth, photographed at Bucknell University, where he taught since 1973.
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September 13, 2012 The postminimalist composer embraced the internet and was an inspiration to his students and friends.
A new album of choral music by the late Polish composer Henryk Gorecki creates a calm and welcoming space.
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September 11, 2012 Henryk Górecki's serene choral music provides the perfect balm for busy, disjointed lives.
September 10, 2012 Avital has the long, slender fingers of a concert pianist. Yet instead of stretching chords out wide on a Steinway, he squeezes those lengthy digits onto the tiny fretted fingerboard of a mandolin. The instrument today is associated with bluegrass and western swing, but in Avital's hands, the mandolin sings with the sounds of J.S. Bach, Ernest Bloch and contemporary composers.
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Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are currently in a lock out labor dispute.
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September 6, 2012 Celebrate the sound of the venturesome orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.
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