Norway's natural wonders, depicted in this album photo, were inspiration for the 19th-century violinist and composer Ole Bull. Jim Bengston/ECM Records hide caption

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Lysoen/Homage a Ole Bull

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Amjad Ali Khan performs his concerto Samaagam with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai. Pip Eastop/World Village Records hide caption

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Swar Samir

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The Afro-Cuban jazz pianist takes a serene approach on his new CD, Calma. David Sproule/Ota Records hide caption

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Hear Omar Sosa play "Aguas" from his new album.

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Tengiz Mirzashvili's winter landscape is the cover art for Giya Kancheli's Themes From The Songbook. Courtesy ECM records hide caption

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Kancheli: 'Theme from The Crucible' (Gidon Kremer, violin; Dino Saluzzi, bandoneon, Andrei Pushkarev, vibes)

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An unlikely combo: Cellist Vincent Segal and kora player Ballake Sissoko. Pierre Emmanuel Rastoin hide caption

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"Ma-Ma" FC

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Janus members Amanda Baker (flute), Nuiko Wadden (harp) and Beth Meyers (viola). courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Hear Janus play "Keymaster" by Caleb Burhans

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The free-spirited cellist Matt Haimovitz. Steph Mackinnon hide caption

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Hear Matt Haimovitz and Uccello play Gershwin's "Liza"

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The first of the cycle's 14 songs, "The Stranger with the Face of a Man I loved." Vocalist Shara Worden, with Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman.

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