As a teenager, composer Nico Muhly listened to Philip Glass' Music in 12 Parts as his New York soundtrack. Ana Cuba/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin in the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Holger Kettner hide caption

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Listen to Barenboim on Bruckner

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"I won't do anything unless I'm mad crazy about the music and the composer and really feeling like they're contributing something to the field that is different," Beth Morrison says. Michael Nagle/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meet The Producer Who Runs Her Opera Empire From A 2-Bedroom Apartment

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Ben Johnston Hears The Notes Between The Notes

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The Naqsh Duo's debut album is called Narrante. Hessam Samavatian/ECM hide caption

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05Parlando

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Ennio Morricone's new recording with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Morricone 60, is out now. Jelmer de Haas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Morricone 60': An Orchestra-Infused Look At A 60-Year Career

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"I speak about the mindsets of these characters," composer Kaija Saariaho says. "What does it mean that we love somebody? And do we really love another person, or do we love our idea of love?" Maarit Kytöharju/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

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Tenor William Burden, pictured at the far left, plays George Bailey in the new production. Karen Almond/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life — On Stage

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke stands beside conductor Marin Alsop, who holds the giant hammer Gustav Mahler includes in his Sixth Symphony. Izabel Zambrzycki/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Hammered: Pounding Out The Excess In Mahler's Sixth Symphony

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Gianandrea Noseda thinks jeans and T-shirts at classical concerts are just fine. Scott Suchman/National Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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A New Twist On The Leonard Cohen Classic 'Suzanne'

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"In the midst of chaos, I find peace by loving," Joyce DiDonato says. "I love, and that gets me out of the situation." Brooke Shaden/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joyce DiDonato On Why Art Matters In The Midst Of Chaos

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Wynton Marsalis onstage in New York in April 2016. His new violin concerto made its East Coast debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center last week. Andrew Toth/Getty Images hide caption

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The Transatlantic Collaboration Behind Wynton Marsalis' New Violin Concerto

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Don Giovanni (Gerald Finley, left) is pulled down to hell by the ghost of the Commendatore (Alastair Mills) in a Glyndebourne production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Robbie Jack /Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Composer Steve Reich, who turned 80 on Oct. 3. Carolyn Cole/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music

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Neville Marriner, Who Recorded The Beloved Soundtrack to 'Amadeus,' Has Died

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