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"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin.

Read Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music?

January 17, 2013 – When triggered by sound, chemicals in the brain can give rise to feelings of intense pleasure.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra, in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Read The Philadelphia Orchestra At Carnegie Hall WQXR

January 17, 2013 – The famed "Philadelphia Sound" comes to New York in music by Ravel and Shostakovich. WQXR

Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says.

Listen Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach APM

January 16, 2013 – The pianist's relationship with the Well-Tempered Clavier is like a successful lifelong marriage. APM


Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials.

Read Classical Lost and Found: The Lighter Side Of Vissarion Shebalin

January 15, 2013 – A Soviet composer's fortunes swayed with the dictates of the regime, from success to condemnation.

Over a quarter century, Naxos Records has evolved from an industry joke to a leading force in classical music.

Read Naxos: The Little Record Label That Could (And Did)

January 13, 2013 – In the past 25 years, Naxos has gone from an industry joke to a major force in classical music.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read One Way To Solve The Classical Music Labor Crisis

January 11, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Conductor Simon Rattle, who has reportedly told the Berlin Philharmonic he will leave his post there in 2018.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 11, 2013 – Rattle says the clock is ticking and Muti has the flu: The classical music world's breaking news.

Tell us your hopes for classical music  in 2013.

Read Symphonic Resolutions: What's On Your Classical Music Wish List?

January 10, 2013 – Join a discussion of New Year's resolutions to help cure the troubled side of classical music.

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall.

Read Echoes Of 2012: A Classical Music Quiz

January 9, 2013 – Try your hand at nailing the big and not so big stories of the past year in this interactive quiz.

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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