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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"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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Simone Dinnerstein plays The Cohen Variations, by Daniel Felsenfeld in the NPR studios Doriane Raiman/NPR 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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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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Conductor Neville Marriner. Lukasz Unterschuetz/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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Nadia Sirota wants contemporary classical music to feel approachable. "There's no chance it'll disappoint a new listener, but people do need a way in," she says. Samantha West/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nadia Sirota On Making Music Accessible (Even When It's Weird)

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"Even people who come in cold without any knowledge — you still hope that somehow the music will speak to them," Christopher Rouse says. Jeffrey Herman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Newlywed Composer Christopher Rouse On His Encoded Musical Love Letters

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Breaking the Waves explores the relationship between a deeply religious young woman named Bess (played by Keira Duffy) and a Nordic oil worker named Jan. Dominic M. Mercier/Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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'It's Familiar To All The Women In My Family:' Adapting Von Trier For The Opera

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On his new album, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov arranges Chopin's Mazurkas like a mixtape. Colin Way/Hyperion Records hide caption

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09Mazurka, in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4

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The members of The Westerlies call themselves "an accidental brass quartet." Michael George hide caption

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Songs We Love: The Westerlies, 'Saro'

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As an instrumental Fellow, Miles Salerni plays timpani with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Hilary Scott/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

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