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Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle Unremembered comes out Sept. 4.
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July 28, 2015 "The Witch," from composer Sarah Kirkland Snider's new album Unremembered, inspires childlike fear. Hear singer Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond spin out a tale of terror.
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The Icelandic group Nordic Affect has commissioned new works for its forthcoming album, Clockworking.
July 15, 2015 A quartet of Icelandic women imagines the clicks and whirs of a giant clock. The blend of strings and electronics mimics the interaction of humans and machines.
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Pianist Bruce Brubaker has been playing Philip Glass' music for more than 20 years.
May 19, 2015 In Philip Glass' music, the pianist shifts between delicate oscillation and stormy arpeggios.
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Andras Schiff had a change of heart when it comes to the fortepiano.
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May 12, 2015 Twenty years ago, András Schiff hated the fortepiano — but now he's had a change of heart. Hear a track from his new album, in which he plays Schubert on an instrument from 1820.
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On the Bang on a Can All-Stars' new album, Field Recordings, composers riff on a range of recorded sounds.
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April 24, 2015 Florent Ghys' An Open Cage springs from a recording of the maverick composer reading an excerpt from his Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).
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Percussionist Kuniko's new album is devoted to music by Iannis Xenakis.
April 14, 2015 The modernist composer's solo percussion music — fueled by quick pulses in bongos and the fat punctuations of bass drums — flows in a new recording.
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Violinist Hilary Hahn.
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April 1, 2015 Violinist Hilary Hahn has been playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 since she was just 10 years old. Twenty-five years on, she brings grace and immense force and to this music.
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The Kronos Quartet.
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March 25, 2015 Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic.
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The Tallis Scholars sing the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
March 19, 2015 A British choral group, known for its incandescent sound, reveals bells and sunlight in the Estonian composer's Nunc dimittis.
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Pianist Seymour Bernstein in conversation with actor and filmmaker Ethan Hawke.
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March 11, 2015 The famed actor, in his debut as a documentary filmmaker, takes on an unlikely subject: a virtually unknown, octogenarian classical pianist who quit performing decades ago.
Tenor Bryan Hymel sings shining high Cs in the Rossini aria "Asile héréditaire."
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February 25, 2015 A young tenor from New Orleans elegantly launches high Cs in a stirring but punishingly difficult Rossini aria. This is why we listen to opera!
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The new album by piano duo Anderson and Roe is devoted to J.S. Bach.
February 17, 2015 The bitter suffering and voluptuous lyricism of Bach's St. Matthew Passion are channeled with empathy by a popular piano duo.
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The Knights play a mix of Reich, Bach, Stravinsky and a couple of their own compositions on their new album.
February 10, 2015 Minimalism reaches back to its ancient roots when a vibrant young chamber orchestra shares six minutes of mesmerizing sunshine by Steve Reich.
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Composer Andrew Norman's new album is called Play.
January 31, 2015 From a sensational soprano to an audacious new work for orchestra, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Arun Rath spin a broad selection of new classical albums.
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John Luther Adams' new album, The Wind in High Places, evokes austere landscapes and mysterious light.
January 21, 2015 Inspired by ice crystals in the arctic air and the halo-like apparitions they create, composer John Luther Adams' "Sky with Four Suns" blooms with the bright light of 45 cellos.
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean by John Luther Adams is one of NPR Classical's favorite albums of 2014.
December 12, 2014 Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share.
A 1931 portrait of Danish composer Carl Nielsen by Sigurd Swane. Nielsen's symphonies are still undervalued.
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October 23, 2014 From tiny Denmark comes a big symphonic sound. Three recent albums offer a glimpse of the Nordic sound, from the undervalued Carl Nielsen, the experimental Per Nørgård and the accessible Poul Ruders.
Khatia Buniatishvili's new album, Motherland, is among those recommended during the Friday afternoon Twitter sessions.
September 24, 2014 Every Friday, the proprietors of NPR Classical and their Twitter followers gather for a half-hour speed session to share great recordings and discuss the music.
The Scottish bagpipes make a surprise appearance in a beloved piece by Peter Maxwell Davies.
September 19, 2014 Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it's time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.
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Each of Domenico Scarlatti's 555 keyboard sonatas has its own personality.
August 28, 2014 Three centuries ago, Domenico Scarlatti churned out 555 keyboard sonatas. Today, pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough. Hear a clutch of new recordings.
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert in northern New Mexico inspired Robert Kyr to compose the music on his new album of choral works.
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August 13, 2014 Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer.
An overhead shot of the performance of John Luther Adams' Sila at New York's Lincoln Center Friday evening.
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July 30, 2014 Watch highlights from the world premiere performance of the Pulitzer Prize winner's meditative and deeply moving outdoor work Sila: The Breath of the World at Lincoln Center.
American composer John Adams has written a new concerto for saxophone.
June 12, 2014 In the tradition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, composers from Japan, Armenia and the U.S. paint colorful pictures by posing soloists in front of orchestras.
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Vadim Salmanov's four symphonies are reissued in live performances conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky.
April 24, 2014 A newly reissued set of symphonies from the decades after World War II recovers a gifted yet neglected composer, Vadim Salmanov. These live recordings burn with intensity and sorrow.
A late 15th-century icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh with the Saints of Rostov adorns the cover of a new album of Russian Orthodox Church music by the vocal ensemble Conspirare.
March 18, 2014 Sample a trio of new vocal albums ranging from a blistering Beethoven Mass to ancient Russian Orthodox traditions and an opulent but overlooked opera from the dawn of the 20th century.
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