Concerts Performances from today's top artists, filmed at venues and festivals across the country.

Live in Concert

The Decemberists Soar with 'Crane Wife' Live

Portland, Oregon's literate and theatrical rock group The Decemberists have just released what some critics are calling the year's best album. Hear selections from The Crane Wife and some of the band's earlier albums in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.

Sean Lennon in Concert

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Being the son of a musical legend doesn't automatically qualify Sean Lennon to be a great musician, so it's a pleasant surprise to hear his beautiful, simple melodies and evocative voice. Lennon continues to develop as a musician, releasing Friendly Fire this month.

Sean Lennon in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 10/27/2006

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In Performance

The Takacs Quartet on Beethoven's Message to God

In the spring of 1825, Beethoven got terribly sick. Came close to dying, in fact. After his recovery, he revised a string quartet he'd been working on. He added a long, reflective middle movement — a musical "thank you" to God for his life. The Takacs Quartet plays Beethoven's "Heiliger Dankgesang" in the NPR studios.

The Takacs Quartet on Beethoven's Message to God

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Janine Jansen: A Rising Violinist Tackles Grieg

Janine Jansen is a 28-year-old rising star of the violin. Last week, she was featured by the BBC at one of its lunchtime concerts from London's Wigmore Hall. We'll sample that concert and hear Jansen's performance of the Violin Sonata No. 2 by Edvard Grieg. Itamar Golan is at the piano.

California Guitar Trio in Concert

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California Guitar Trio's members are candid about the kind of music they play, which is evident from the band's name: It's an L.A.-based group of three highly skilled acoustic-guitar players. But its music isn't that simple, as it blends blues, folk, jazz, classical and surf-rock.

California Guitar Trio in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 10/20/2006

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Music

Soukhovetski: Tchaikovsky in Style

Russian pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski weighs in with an opinion on the importance of style and fashion in the classical-music world, and he plays Tchaikovsky in concert. We're at Lincoln Center in New York to hear Soukhovetski play "June: Barcarolle" from Tchaikosky's suite The Seasons.

Soukhovetski: Tchaikovsky in Style

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Chopin At 200

Chopin by an Award-Winning Pianist

Pianist Rafal Blechacz won the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, so he's qualified to play Chopin. He was back in Warsaw this past summer to play the Barcarolle, Op. 60, and the Etude Op. 10, No. 8.

Live in Concert

Jenny Lewis In Concert

Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has a hauntingly soulful voice. Her latest CD, Rabbit Fur Coat is inspired by her lifelong love for folk, country and Southern gospel, with beautifully crafted story songs. Hear Lewis in a full concert recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

Hear Jenny Lewis in Concert

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The Diamond Ensemble Plays Franz Danzi

Copenhagen is a town that loves classical music and supports it enthusiastically. While ensembles in other places have to tour constantly to make a living, the Diamond Ensemble has full support, both financially and in terms of community. They play in the Danish Royal Library now: Franz Danzi's Wind Quintet No. 2.

The Diamond Ensemble Plays Franz Danzi

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John Gorka in Concert

XPN

Gorka's music demonstrates an easy melodic sensibility: Nothing is contrived or overproduced. His work is built around little more than his unmistakable voice and the simple, clean sounds of his guitar. Gorka performs a solo set from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

John Gorka in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 10/13/2006

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