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Jascha Heifetz set new precision standards for the classical violin.

Read My Weekend With Jascha Heifetz

March 28, 2011 – With the release of a 103-CD Heifetz box set, one blogger had his work cut out for him.

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili

Listen Finnish Accordions, Schubert's Blues: New Classical CDs

February 27, 2011 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic assortment of new releases.


Which composer would you choose to have dinner with?

Read Dead Composers At Your Dinner Table

November 5, 2010 – This week, we asked the question: which long-gone composer would make the perfect dinner guest.

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Listen 2010 Gramophone Award Winners Announced

October 4, 2010 – The venerable British classical music magazine has announced winners in 24 categories.


Christoph Eschenbach

Listen Christoph Eschenbach: Husband To A Hundred

October 2, 2010 – The conductor, who could never be accused of blandness, finds a new home in Washington, D.C.


Franz Schubert engraving

Listen Schubert's Trios: The Man Behind The Music WGBH

September 29, 2010 – Members of the Emerson Quartet present Schubert's two piano trios, which he wrote in his last year. WGBH


A languishing lute player

Listen The Saddest Music In The World: 6 Tunes To Make You Teary-Eyed

September 27, 2010 – What's the saddest music you know? Hear the finest of the forlorn and the best of the bereaved.

Cover art for Gabriel Prokofiev's latest CD

Listen Sacred Songs And DJs: New Classical CDs

January 24, 2010 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an extra-wide assortment of new classical music.


Schubert's song cycle depicts an emotional journey through a barren landscape.

Listen Schubert's Desolate 'Winter Journey'

December 8, 2009 – The solitary and psychological mix in Schubert's masterful song cycle, Winterreise.


Read Classical 2009: Next Generation And Beyond WGUC

December 4, 2009 – This year's crop was strong for Russians, as well as a young generation of masterful musicians. WGUC

An engraving of Franz Schubert, a year before he wrote his famed String Quintet in C.

Listen Schubert Most Sublime: The String Quintet In C

August 18, 2009 – Hear Schubert's personal brand of lyrical melancholy in his innovative String Quintet in C.


Read Leon Fleisher: A Piano Legend At 80

July 23, 2008 – On his birthday, hear Fleisher's best recordings, chosen by Pulitzer-winning critic Tim Page.

Listen Yefim Bronfman: A Soft Spot For Schubert

July 17, 2008 – The commanding pianist performs one of his favorite pieces with members of the L.A. Philharmonic.


Listen Leon Fleisher: Kennedy Center Honoree in Recital

September 12, 2007 – The legendary pianist is back with both hands, reviving a career once compromised by injury.

Read 2006's Top 10 Classical-Music Discoveries, from WGUC

December 12, 2006 – WGUC music director Kent Teeters compiled this list of the year's best classical CD discoveries.

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