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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?

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.


Soprano Cheryl Barker (as Jenůfa) and tenor Peter Wedd (as Luca) sing in a production of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa from Opera Australia.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Wading Into The 20th Century

April 18, 2012 – Opera reinvents itself in the hands of innovative composers facing a new century.

Can you make out to Mozart, or shack up to Chopin? Composers can turn on the sex appeal when necessary.

Read Who Says Classical Music Can't Be Sexy?

February 10, 2012 – Just in time for Valentine's Day, classics that depict a lot more than cuddling.

Richard Strauss' iconic opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra evokes a sense of vastness and power, Marin Alsop says.

Read Alsop Sprach Zarathustra: Decoding Strauss' Tone Poem

January 14, 2012 – Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.


Filibustering the Philharmonic.

Read Filibustering The Philharmonic

December 9, 2011 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Soprano Karita Mattila and pianist Martin Katz perform live at Carnegie Hall: December 10, 2011.

Watch Karita Mattila In Recital At Carnegie Hall WQXR

December 9, 2011 – A soprano who holds nothing back in an intimate program of French, Viennese and Finnish songs. WQXR


Watch The Bloodiest Opera Ever? Maybe Strauss' 'Elektra' WDAV

October 28, 2011 – A gruesome tale of one very dysfunctional family, courtesy of Richard Strauss. WDAV


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.

Cellist Pablo Casals, violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Harold Bauer and conductor Walter  Damrosch in 1904.

Read 120 Years At Carnegie Hall

May 5, 2011 – From Tchaikovsky to Terry Riley: 120 years of artists at the world's most famous venue.

Conductor Nicholas McGegan loves to languish in the late music of Richard Strauss.

Watch Guilty Pleasures: Nicholas McGegan's Symphonic Sweet Tooth

March 16, 2011 – Conductor Nicholas McGegan gets nostalgic when he hears the music of any composer named Strauss.


The Annual Deceptive Cadence Halloween Puzzler

Read Bone-Chillers and Blood-Curdlers Puzzler

October 28, 2010 – Test your knowledge of creepy classics by taking this interactive Halloween quiz. If you dare.


Watch Unparalleled Dysfunction: Strauss' 'Elektra'

October 22, 2010 – Strauss's sumptuous one-act opera tells the lurid story of a young woman and her homicidal family.


1-bit Symphony Main

Listen Bach, Ballet And 1-Bit Symphonies: New Classical CDs

August 14, 2010 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic assortment of new music.


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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