A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

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On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas Adès guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composers. Hyperion hide caption

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Pianist Jeremy Denk, whose album of Ligeti and Beethoven landed on our Top 10 Classical of 2012. Michael Wilson/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Discussion: Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2012

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Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations. Capitol Records, Inc, courtesy of EMI Classics hide caption

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Prominent musicians remember American composer Elliott Carter (who would have turned 104 today) through his music. Carter died last month. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's sweet and silvery voice was perfect for the music of Richard Strauss. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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On Silfra, violinist Hilary Hahn improvises with prepared pianist Hauschka. DG hide caption

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A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012

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The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico

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Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Marco Borggreve/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style. /De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places. Steph Mackinnon hide caption

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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

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The players in the Belcea Quartet played a series of late Beethoven string quartets at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. Melanie Burford/NPR hide caption

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Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven At Carnegie Hall

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Composer Elliott Carter at the piano in 1989. Jacques M. Chenet/Corbis hide caption

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Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

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