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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 Teens Tackle the Classics in San Francisco

January 7, 2009 – Gifted young musicians perform with panache, playing works from Beethoven to Ravel.

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An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

Listen Bold Beginnings: The Art Of The Opening Notes

January 5, 2009 – Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.

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Read Deadly Dysfunction: Strauss' 'Elektra'

November 21, 2008 – Strauss's sumptuous one-act opera tells the lurid story of a young woman and her homicidal family.

Listen Renee Fleming: 'Four Last Songs' Of Strauss

October 5, 2008 – A new recording captures the world-famous soprano singing Strauss' masterpiece with a new direction.

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Listen Young Musicians Show Versatility in Vermont

July 2, 2008 – Young musicians from around the country gather in Vermont to show off their outstanding skills.

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Listen Alex Ross Listens to the 20th Century's 'Noise'

January 1, 2008 – In The Rest Is Noise, critic Alex Ross explores the richness of modern music.

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Listen Mountain Music: Alsop Leads the 'Alpine Symphony'

November 4, 2007 – Conductor Marin Alsop takes a trek up Richard Strauss' majestic "Alpine Symphony."

Listen Richard Strauss: Perfecting the Swan Song

June 12, 2007 – Strauss' "At Sunset" is lit with the golden rays of a fall afternoon slipping away into twilight.

Listen Strauss Lyricist's Family Sues for Opera Royalties

April 15, 2007 – Hugo von Hofmannsthal wrote the words for nine Strauss works, including Der Rosenkavalier.

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Listen Young Tuba Player Gets Nod from Phila. Orchestra

September 15, 2006 – Carol Jantsch, 21, is the first woman to be a principal tuba player in a top U.S. orchestra.

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Listen Remembering Soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

August 4, 2006 – Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, one of the 20th century's greatest opera singers, died Thursday at age 90.

Listen In the Mix: Britten, Bach, Mozart and Strauss

August 2, 2006 – In the spirit of mixing and matching music on MP3 players, a set of four short classical pieces.

Listen Swedish Opera Star Birgit Nilsson Dies at 87

January 11, 2006 – Nilsson is often described as the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the post-World War II era.

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Listen Sextet Harmonies from Concertante

April 14, 2005 – The acclaimed sextet performs music by Strauss and Schoenberg in NPR's Studio 4A.

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