Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

The St Lawrence String Quartet contrasts music by Ravel and Adams at the WGBH studio. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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String Quartet Soulmates: Ravel and Adams

WGBH Radio

When composer John Adams heard the St. Lawrence Quartet play Beethoven, creative doors started flying open. Inspired by the musicians, and the music of Maurice Ravel, Adams wrote his very first string quartet.

String Quartet Soulmates: Ravel and Adams

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Karan Casey: The Countryside Personified

Folk Alley

The celebrated Irish folksinger speaks with Folk Alley's Jim Blum about her decision to leave Celtic headliner Solas, the disintegrating record industry and her children's love for Lady Gaga. Hear the interview and a riveting in-studio performance.

Karan Casey: The Countryside Personified

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Meg Baird: Reassuring Uncertainties

WNYC Radio

The enchanting Philadelphia folksinger joins David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air to unveil new songs and intriguing covers of music by The House of Love, Kurt Vile and Marc Almond. Listen to the entire session here.

Meg Baird: Reassuring Uncertainties

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Fitz And The Tantrums' members showcase their soul sound at the KEXP studios in New York City. Keith Goldstein hide caption

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Fitz And The Tantrums: Northern Soul, SoCal Style

KEXP

The Los Angeles sextet visited host John Richards at KEXP's New York studios to play a bold, lively set of brassed-up breakup songs. Hear and download the entire session here.

Hear And Download The Full Session From KEXP

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Cuban legend Omara Portuondo recently performed at the WFUV studios in New York City. Tomas Mina hide caption

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Omara Portuondo: Cuban Music's Matriarch

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The legendary 81-year-old singer from Havana stopped by WFUV's Studio-A in New York City on her way to a performance at Carnegie Hall. Listen to her transfixing studio session here.

Omara Portuondo: Cuban Music's Matriarch

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Yundi is the youngest winner of the International Chopin Competition. EMI Classics hide caption

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New Name, Same Talent: Yundi At WNYC

WNYC Radio

Chinese pianist Yundi Li recently shortened his stage name to "Yundi." But it may not have been necessary: The young musician has already achieved superstardom in his homeland. In this session from WNYC, he plays two Chopin nocturnes.

Yundi At WNYC

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The chamber pop group Grand Hallway performed with members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra at KEXP studios. Christopher Nelson hide caption

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Grand Hallway: An Intimate Pop Orchestra

KEXP

This chamber pop band from the Pacific Northwest was one of KEXP's favorite discoveries of 2009. Hear the ensemble play a special acoustic set with members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra.

Grand Hallway In Studio at KEXP 3/2/2010

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Pianist Joyce Yang finds a little bit of Robert Schumann's volatile personality inside herself. Oh Seuk Hoon hide caption

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Joyce Yang: Inside The Psyche Of Schumann

American Public Media

Robert Schumann suffered through intense, ecstatic highs and frightening, depressive lows. Today, we'd call that bipolar disorder. Hear pianist Joyce Yang explore the many colorful characters who emerge in Schumann's Carnaval.

Hear Yang Play Schumann In The APM Studio

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Canadian rapper k-os recently performed live in the WFUV studios in New York City. Last Gang Records hide caption

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k-os: The Hip-Hop Polyglot

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The Toronto MC draws influences from Canada's rich folk past and collaborates with his hometown's current indie-rock stars. Hear the man perform with his band on WFUV's Words & Music From Studio-A series.

k-os in Studio at WFUV 3/24/2010

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From left to right: Liberty Ellman, Stephan Crump and Jamie Fox of the Rosetta Trio perform live on WBGO's The Checkout. Josh Jackson hide caption

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Stephan Crump And Rosetta Trio: Purity Of Intent

WBGO

Best known for his lively work with pianist Vijay Iyer, Crump leads his drummer-less trio through a set of poignant originals on WBGO's The Checkout with Josh Jackson.

Stephan Crump and Rosetta Trio in Studio on WBGO 5/26/2010

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The North Carolina sextet Annuals recently released a new EP, Sweet Sister. Banter Records hide caption

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Annuals: A Little Country, A Little Calypso

KUT 90.5

Hear the North Carolina indie-rock sextet perform in the KUT studios in Austin, and chat with host Matt Reilly about adding some Latin swing to its new EP.

Annuals in Studio at KUT 5/19/2010

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Dave Rawlings Machine performs at KEXP. Jim Bennett hide caption

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Dave Rawlings: Mournful And Rollicking

KEXP

Rawlings arrived at KEXP with a big cowboy hat perched on his head, a guitar in his hand and a song in his heart. With his longtime collaborator Gillian Welch and a band in tow, Rawlings performed songs from his solo debut, A Friend of a Friend.

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Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore: Folk Out Of Appalachia

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Cellist Ben Sollee and guitarist/banjo player Daniel Martin Moore started writing songs together to protest mountaintop-removal coal mining in their beloved Kentucky. Their ecological subject matter may be heavy, but the duo brought a lightheartedness to this session at WFUV.

Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore In Studio On WFUV 3/5/10

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Elephant Micah: Poetic And Plainspoken

WNYC Radio

Elephant Micah makes songs and tosses them, like messages in bottles, into the vast figurative oceans surrounding Indiana. With a hint of mystery, Joe O'Connell performs tuneful, folksy and emotional songs on WNYC's Spinning on Air.

Elephant Micah In Studio On WNYC's Spinning On Air 4/26/10

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Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes an assortment of French music to WGBH in Boston. Felix Broede hide caption

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Piano Francais

WGBH Radio

The French pianist focuses on modern music from his homeland, playing short pieces by Ravel, Boulez and Messiaen at the WGBH studio in Boston.

Hear Aimard Perform In The WGBH Studio

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