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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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What happens when musicians slow the music way down?

Read How Slow Can You Go?

August 20, 2012 – It's good to take it easy during these dog days of summer. But how slow is too slow?

Why are your musical tastes a reflection of you?

Watch You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You

August 9, 2012 – More than ever, music matters to us — a lot. But why do we like what we like?

Soprano Veronique Gens and tenor Joseph Kaiser star in a production of Gluck's Alceste at the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Popping Opera's Bloated Bubble

March 8, 2012 – The excesses of the early 18th century take a decisive hit from a reformer.

The changing of the season can trigger a change in musical appetite.

Watch A Song That Says Fall: Richard Strauss' 'September'

September 22, 2011 – Some music can trigger a sense of fall. Watch Jessye Norman sing one of Strauss' autumnal treasures.

Music can help assuage Memorial Day blues.

Watch What Music Helps Tell Your Memorial Day Stories?

May 29, 2011 – War stories are tough, but music can help. Tell us which pieces get you through Memorial Day.

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.

Soprano Jessye Norman

Watch Jessye Norman: A Voice To Make You Tremble

September 15, 2010 – On her 65th birthday, hear the singer's voice soar in heavenly music by Richard Strauss.

Soprano Jessye Norman

Listen Jessye Norman: Back To Her 'Roots'

June 29, 2010 – Hear the celebrated soprano talk about her first new solo record in more than 10 years.

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Soprano Jessye Norman.

Listen The Autumnal Glow Of Strauss' Four Last Songs

September 22, 2009 – Hear the extraordinary opulence soprano Jessye Norman brings to Strauss' final songs.

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Listen 'Ask Your Mama': A Music And Poetry Premiere

March 16, 2009 – Opera's Jessye Norman and hip-hop artists perform a multimedia work set to Langston Hughes' poetry.

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Richard Wagner was a larger than life figure, and his innovations as a composer changed Western music forever.

Listen The Self-Help Guide To Wagner

May 29, 2008 – The controversial composer's innovative music inspired composers, authors, directors, and dictators.

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Listen Opera Diva Norman Brings the Arts Back to Schools

September 26, 2006 – Singer Jessye Norman talks about the importance of arts for schoolchildren.

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