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A Chinese and a North Korean embrace in a pledge of everlasting (political) love. From Raid on the White Tiger Regiment, 1971.

Read Amazingly Odd Operas From Revolutionary China

April 26, 2013 – Explore the extravagant, but politically dogmatic, operas of China's Cultural Revolution.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Ultimate Soloist

April 26, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Ingolf Wunder pays tribute to 300 years of keyboard music on his new album 300.

Read Three Must-Hear Piano Albums

April 23, 2013 – Three new records prove the old box of wires and hammers called the piano still draws top players.

David Lang's new album, Death Speaks, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: David Lang, 'Death Speaks'

April 21, 2013 – Aided by Schubert and four stellar musicians, the Pulitzer-winning composer ponders the afterlife.

Caroline Shaw, who composed the piece Partita for 8 Voices for her vocal group Roomful of Teeth, is the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Read A Moment With Pulitzer-Winning Composer Caroline Shaw

April 20, 2013 – Shaw says writing her prize-winning piece meant extracting sounds that only existed in her head.

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The Dresden Staatskapelle's principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, asserts that Anton Bruckner's music, in its long-winding search for beauty, is the perfect antidote for modern life. He and the orchestra brought Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013.

Listen Carnegie Hall Live: Dresden Staatskapelle Plays Bruckner WQXR

April 19, 2013 – A venerable orchestra brings Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, and its new conductor, to New York. WQXR

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Art Of The Centri-Fugue

April 19, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

In her latest video message, opera star Joyce DiDonato ponders the art of loneliness on the road.

Watch How Do You Handle Loneliness On The Road?

April 18, 2013 – The refreshingly open American mezzo Joyce DiDonato doles out some great advice.

Colin Davis found power in humility later in his career — and one astonished music journalist.

Listen The Conductor Who Gained Power By Giving It Up

April 17, 2013 – Colin Davis was completely at peace with himself, a confidence that radiated like a sacred aura.

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Morton Subotnick in his studio.

Watch Morton Subotnick's Practice Space Q2

April 17, 2013 – Get a glimpse of the first ever analog synthesizer and take a tour of the couple's New York home. Q2

The late trumpeter Bud Herseth,  former principal player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years.

Watch Appreciating A Pillar Of The Chicago Sound: Trumpeter Bud Herseth

April 16, 2013 – The legendary trumpeter spent 53 years as principal in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Caroline Shaw, winner of this year's music Pulitzer, performing with the ACME ensemble in New York in September 2012.

Watch Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

April 15, 2013 – The youthful composer, violinist and vocalist is one of just a handful of female musician winners.

A diva on the town finds her way to NPR's new headquarters.

Read Maria Callas On The Move: A Diva Does D.C.

April 15, 2013 – After a week on the town, NPR Music's cut-out Diva-in-Residence arrives at our new headquarters.

The late Colin Davis conducting the last night of Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1968.

Watch Remembering Colin Davis, A Conductor Beloved Late In Life

April 14, 2013 – The knighted English conductor who won three Grammys died at age 85 on Sunday.

Rudolph Cronau's drawing of Wagner's opera house, Bayreuth, flanked by his birthplace (left) and place of death.

Read Extreme Drama: The Life And Music Of Richard Wagner

April 13, 2013 – For the bicentennial of the controversial composer's birth, conductor Marin Alsop rethinks Wagner.

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