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Violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Read Leonidas Kavakos: Letting Beethoven Shine

January 8, 2013 – A new recording of Beethoven's violin sonatas keeps the spotlight on the music, not the soloist.

The cast of Season 3 of the worldwide smash series Downton Abbey.

Watch Seismic Change At 'Downton Abbey,' As Heard In 'The Waltz'

January 7, 2013 – How the worldwide smash TV series reminded one viewer of a piece of classical music by Ravel.

Not mainstream enough to mark? A portrait of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau taken circa 1965.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 4, 2013 – The burning question of the week: Is classical music visible enough for a mainstream audience?

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read And RuPaul Is From Poulenc

January 4, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have an album coming out in March.

Read In January's Drought, Three Albums Worth Waiting For

January 3, 2013 – January is a slow month for new albums. Still, we offer an exclusive sampler of unreleased treats.

In Minneapolis, the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are appealing for public support.

Read Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall? MPR

January 1, 2013 – Contentious negotiations and financial woes have plagued many American orchestras this year. MPR

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Classical music lost many fine artists in 2012.

Read Fond Farewells: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2012

December 31, 2012 – Hear and see the artistry of fine classical musicians who passed away in 2012.

The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 28, 2012 – Classical fraud on the small screen, maybe the best classical app ever and much more.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read O Fortuna, Why So Negative?

December 28, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "Nutcracker and Mouse King," is darker and spookier than the ballet version most people know.

Read No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker'

December 25, 2012 – Few people remember E.T.A. Hoffmann, but many are aware of his famous creation: The Nutcracker.

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A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.

Read Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

December 25, 2012 – The flow of classical Christmas albums has slowed, triggering a longing for past recordings.

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Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil.

Read Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America

December 22, 2012 – The conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony is inspired by Brazil's commitment to classical music.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The 12 Tones Of Christmas

December 21, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Tenor Rolando Villazon: "I don't think you learn anything from blogs and reviews."

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 21, 2012 – Revealing interviews, peacocks who talk, and support — moral and financial — for two orchestras.

Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.

Watch The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

December 19, 2012 – An upcoming documentary highlights one extraordinary orchestra in Paraguay; watch the trailer.

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