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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September 12, 2007 Seventy-nine-year-old Leon Fleisher was named a Kennedy Center Honoree today. Fleisher was one of the finest pianists of his generation. But then tragedy hit. He suffered a hand injury that changed his career and his life. After years of playing with just one hand, Fleisher is back with both.
September 7, 2007 Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes takes a fresh approach to an old classic. He taps into the spirit of the Norwegian countryside in a concert performance of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto, with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the L.A. Philharmonic.
September 6, 2007 With his free-ringing high notes and his immense fame, the singer brought opera into the lives of millions of people worldwide. He embodied the idea of the "Italian tenor" with passion, charisma and a firm, fresh voice.
July 6, 2007 Soprano Regine Crespin excelled in her native French repertoire, but was also famous for singing Wagner and Verdi. Crespin made her debut in a small regional opera house in 1948, and moved on to the great stages of the world.
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