November 25, 2013 The intrepid champions of new music from around the world bring a lullaby, some rare blues and a recent work by The National's Bryce Dessner to the offices of NPR Music.
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In Penderecki's music there is a struggle between melody and dissonance.
November 23, 2013 If you simplified the last 100 years of music as a war between atonal and lyrical forces, Penderecki would be on the front lines of battle. Discover the great Polish composer's haunting, viscerally dramatic music in a Penderecki primer.
The elegant conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance from Carnegie Hall on November 13, 2013.
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November 13, 2013 Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas welcomes recent MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Jeremy Denk to the piano as part of a far-reaching program. Hear Viennese classics, as well as bold American works.
In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.
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November 3, 2013 The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them. Hear fascinating works by 27 contemporary composers, written especially for Hilary Hahn.
This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.
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October 29, 2013 In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner searches for clues to uncover what the great composer's life and personality were really like. He finds a man full of contradictions and unfathomable music — even "a great guy to go out and have a beer with."
Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.
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October 24, 2013 From pulsing techno to alluring ambient, hear what happens when two seemingly opposite musical realms collide on the dance floor and in the chill room. Hear Madonna collaborator William Orbit's take on Beethoven, a beatified version of Barber's Adagio and a techno take on the Carmina Burana.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis.
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October 17, 2013 Now that we've avoided a financial cataclysm, here's a suitable playlist for some of the swirling emotions of the past two weeks.
Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.
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October 10, 2013 On the bicentennial of the composer's birth, his music seems keenly suited to our triumphs and our failures. His operas may star dukes, prostitutes or court jesters, but they are all packed with vital insights into human nature.
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Don't be caught fishing for facts about Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth.
October 9, 2013 Don't know your Traviata from your Trovatore or your Otello from your Aida? Try out this handy cheat sheet — with music — to explore the greatest of Italian composers on the centennial of his birth. Hear his music and learn the unlikely story of his rise from a small town to international renown.
Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.
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October 7, 2013 To mark the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, one of today's preeminent sopranos spins her favorite music by the master opera composer — from the emotionally electrifying fourth act of Il trovatore to the tender purity of the "Ave Maria" in Otello.
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Lawrence Brownlee performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
October 5, 2013 With a supple, strong, high-flying voice that can negotiate the tightest hairpin turns with grace and elegance, Lawrence Brownlee has conquered the world's great opera houses. But for this performance, the tenor circles back to his roots as a singer of spirituals.
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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.
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September 25, 2013 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.
Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong.
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September 8, 2013 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.
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New York native Richard Tucker in the title role of Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.
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August 28, 2013 Mesmerized by the Caruso records he heard on the streets of lower Manhattan as a poor kid, Richard Tucker took to singing and never looked back. New York honors its native son with arias and corned beef.
August 21, 2013 Watch the violinist play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights with jazz bassist Ben Allison. Hope ponders the cosmos, bringing together music and time, with works from different centuries.
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