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Ted Libbey & Fred Child Recommend Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring'

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Brahms' Fourth Symphony

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra

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Ted Libbey Recommends Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

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Ted Libbey And Lisa Simeone Recommend Music By Elgar

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Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179)

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Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620

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Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Monteverdi's Vespers

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Wagner's Overtures

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Mahler's Symphony No. 2

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Handel's Messiah

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Ted Libbey And Lisa Simeone Recommend Reich's Music for 18 Musicians

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Dowland's Lute Songs

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Ted Libbey And Lisa Simeone Recommend Schubert's Winterreise

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The Brooklyn Bridge in 1884. Dvorak would arrive in New York only six years later to head the National Conservatory of Music. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Dvorak's Symphony No. 9

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5

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In his diary, Sibelius noted the inspiration for the grand theme in his Fifth Symphony: "Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a silver ribbon." Istock hide caption

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Sibelius' Fifth Symphony

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Debussy's Preludes

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Brahms' 'German Requiem'

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