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Cellist Janos Starker with one of his classes at Indiana University. He said he was "put on this earth to be a teacher."

Watch Remembering Janos Starker, The Cellist 'Born To Be A Teacher'

April 29, 2013 – Although renowned as a soloist and Grammy winner, he devoted much of his life to teaching.


Lisa Batiashvili plays the Stradivarius used to help birth Brahms' great Violin Concerto in D.

Read Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms

March 19, 2013 – New albums of music by the "Three Bs" prove going back to basics has its advantages.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read I'm OK, You're Slightly Flat

February 1, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Why Time Warner Cable Dropped Ovation.

Read Why Time Warner Cable Dropped Ovation

January 25, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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


Pianist Kadar Qian and beatboxer extraordinaire Kevin Olusola give Bach's Goldberg Variations a new twist.

Watch Bach, Beatboxed

December 3, 2012 – Check out a duo riffing on the Goldberg Variations in a very cool way: beatboxing and piano.

Please approach the (piano) bench.

Read Please Approach The (Piano) Bench

November 30, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.

Read Gidon Kremer's Bach Makeover

October 30, 2012 – Hear the violinist play a newly commissioned work based on Bach.

Simone Dinnerstein communes with the music of J.S. Bach at the NPR studio.

Listen Simone Dinnerstein's Bach Between The Notes

October 18, 2012 – Hear the celebrated Bach specialist play the tranquil Partita No. 1 in the NPR studio.


Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.

Read 'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

July 10, 2012 – A new DVD deals with the Mount Everest of Western classical music in an original way.


Mandolinist Avi Avital's new album Bach was released June 12.

Read Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education

July 7, 2012 – The Israeli musician discovered his instrument by coincidence. His new album is called Bach.


Fathers have played an important role in shaping musical history.

Watch Tracing The Trail Of Musical Fathers

June 15, 2012 – Commentator Miles Hoffman introduces a few famous dads whose children became master musicians.


Canadian Brass performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

Watch Canadian Brass: Tiny Desk Concert

May 26, 2012 – The venerable brass quintet sports virtuosic, fresh-faced players in tried-and-true repertoire.


Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená with violinist Daniel Stabrawa and tenor Mark Padmore perform in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Watch Bach's St. Matthew Passion: Ritualized And Riveting

April 10, 2012 – Watch an excerpt of Peter Sellars' semi-staged "ritualization" of Bach's dramatic passion story.

Jeremy Denk reviews notes on The Goldberg Variations.

Watch Jeremy Denk vs. The Goldberg Variations: Contrasting Variations

April 3, 2012 – Denk muses about two opposing variations — the simplistic No. 18 and the brooding No. 25.

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