Classical Sessions NPR and Classical Stations around the country present today's most exciting classical musicians in concert and conversation in the studio, from the established stars to young musicians building their careers.

Pianist Louis Lortie makes Wagnerian opera come alive in NPR's Studio 1. Denise DeBelius/NPR hide caption

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Conjuring An Opera With Ten Fingers

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Plays Chopin and Medtner

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Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says. Nadia F. Romanini/ECM records hide caption

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Discusses and plays Bach

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Simone Dinnerstein communes with the music of J.S. Bach at the NPR studio. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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Partita No. 1 in B-flat

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Leif Ove Andsnes: Fatherhood And Freedom At The Piano

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Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

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Sim Cannety-Clarke

A Listener's Guide To Schubert's 'Die Schone Mullerin'

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Cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova bring rarely performed music by Myaskovsky to the WGBH studio. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco/Cedille Records hide caption

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Beethoven: Variations on 'Bei Mannern' from Mozart's 'Magic Flute'

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein earned the coveted Gilmore Artist Award in 2010. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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Marco Borggreve

Kirill Gerstein's Classical And Jazz Conundrum

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John Bennet: All Creatures Now

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Missy Mazzoli is at the center of a group of classically trained musicians who've also worked in rock bands. Stephen S. Taylor hide caption

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Stephen S. Taylor

Hear Missy Mazzoli And Victoire In The WNYC Studio

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Ravi Shankar is the sitar master who brought Indian classical music to the West. Hulton Archive/Getty hide caption

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Hear Ravi Shankar At NPR

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Hear Murray Perahia Play Bach And Chopin At NPR

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He might be young, but Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has a deep connection to the music of Frederic Chopin. Felix Broede/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Hear Rafal Blechacz Play Chopin At NPR

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Pianist Adam Neiman performs Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in NPR Studio 4A. Courtesy of Adam Neiman hide caption

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Hear Adam Neiman Play Chopin In The NPR Studio

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Garrick Ohlsson won the International Chopin Competition in 1970, and he's been playing the composer's music ever since. Philip Jones Griffiths hide caption

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Hear Garrick Ohlsson Play Chopin at WNYC

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Nikolaj Znaider plays a 1741 Guarneri once owned by the famed Fritz Kriesler. Matthias Creutziger hide caption

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Hear Nikolaj Znaider Play Kreisler At WGBH

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Darwin's Theories, Speaking Musically

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Hear Till Fellner Play Beethoven At WGBH

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