Pianist Andras Schiff.
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March 30, 2009 Schiff has been playing all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas in chronological order at Disney Hall. Listen to the pianist finish off the cycle with a performance of Beethoven's final three sonatas.
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March 4, 2009 In the late 1950s, a family of guitarists from Spain came to America to make its mark. Fifty years and a few new family members later, Los Romeros still reigns as the Royal Family of the Guitar. Hear the group in concert in Boston.
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February 20, 2009 Domingo is the first recipient of the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize. Before she died in 2005, the celebrated Swedish soprano set up a foundation to award prizes for outstanding achievements in opera.
February 9, 2009 Classical icons such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns got pushed aside at this year's Grammy Awards to make way for names such as Stucky, Schoenberg, Carter and Paulus. Hear some of the winning recordings.
February 2, 2009 After a career built on romantics like Rachmaninoff and Chopin, pianist Helene Grimaud turns to the music of J.S. Bach with a combination of reverence and playfulness. Hear the new CD in its entirety, one week before its release.
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January 30, 2009 For her new recording of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Mutter traveled to the composer's old stomping ground in Leipzig, Germany, to the site where the concerto had its premiere in 1845.
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January 26, 2009 The American composer, who died Friday, embraced the early-20th-century style called 12-tone music. But he also developed his own personal spin on the methodology, giving his own music a palpable wit and lyrical punch.
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December 18, 2008 The Oslo-based trio of vocalists introduces a Norwegian Christmas tune, as well as a few traditions from their homeland, in NPR's Studio 4A. The group's latest recording has just been nominated for a Grammy Award.
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December 10, 2008 French composer Olivier Messiaen, who would have turned 100 Wednesday, was something of a musical misfit. His ideas about melody, harmony and rhythm seemed to fall to earth out of nowhere, fitting into no particular school of thought. And yet he changed the way people thought about music as it exists in the infinity that was, for him, his God and the universe.
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December 1, 2008 The Lost Art of Letter Writing, a violin concerto by Australian Brett Dean, has won the Grawemeyer Award, the world's richest composition prize. Dean's piece is based on letters written by Brahms, Van Gogh and Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.
November 21, 2008 The city of Chicago has one more thing to boast about: Its hometown orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, has been named America's top orchestra in a new critics' poll published in the venerable British magazine Gramophone.
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October 30, 2008 Work is nothing more than eight hours of stress, with a lunch break in the middle. You find it's getting easier than ever to fly off the handle, even when the cause is as benign as a lack of hazelnut creamer in the coffee line. Don't reach for the Alka-Seltzer or Prozac. Instead, these five tunes will ease your toughest day on the job just fine.
September 29, 2008 Along with his acting career, Paul Newman made a name for himself as a philanthropist and humanitarian, traits that made him an appropriate choice to narrate Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait, in a performance at Carnegie Hall with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
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September 23, 2008 In the latest round of what are often called "Genius" grants, the MacArthur Foundation has just named 25 new fellows (each receiving a $500,000 award), including violinist Leila Josefowicz, writer Alex Ross, saxophonist Miguel Zenon, and sound artist and instrument inventor Walter Kitundu.
September 19, 2008 Ferron's new album Boulder, her 14th release in 30 years, offers a stripped-down reworking of 10 songs, including the autobiographical "Girl on a Road." As always, she showcases her fears, philosophies, desires, and hopes with the frankness of a close friend and the insight of a therapist.
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