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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.

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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.


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Read Thomas Hampson's Hand-Picked Mahler

July 6, 2010 – To mark the composer's 150th birthday, baritone Thomas Hampson reflects on Mahler's vocal music.

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Listen A Composer On The Couch: Mahler Meets Freud

July 3, 2010 – Conductor Marin Alsop's latest adventure muses on a meeting between Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud


Read Cut Him Some Slack: Dudamel's Hype Turns To Drubbing

May 24, 2010 – Critics react to Gustavo Dudamel's maiden voyage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Read The Classical Strongman's Guide To Awesome Abs

February 24, 2010 – Feel better and look healthier when you exercise to these inspiring classical-music masterworks.

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Listen Gustav Mahler Gets The 'Royal' Treatment APM

February 17, 2010 – Hear the young British soprano Kate Royal sing Mahler in concert with the L.A. Philharmonic. APM


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Listen Mahler's Apocalyptic Second Symphony

December 29, 2009 – Mahler answered the metaphysical challenge of Beethoven's Ninth with the "Resurrection" Symphony.


Read Hitting The Sweet Spot: Best Classical Of 2009 WGBH

December 18, 2009 – Hear today's top classical musicians revisit the music they know and love best. WGBH

Read Dudamel Leads L.A. Philharmonic In Concert KUSC

October 8, 2009 – Hear the 28-year-old conductor take over the L.A. Philharmonic on NPR Music. KUSC

Listen City By City, A Night At The Symphony

June 11, 2009 – Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews new live recordings from orchestras across the U.S.


Read Cincinnati Symphony's Uncommon Mahler APM

January 6, 2009 – The orchestra, conducted by Paavo Jarvi, performs a set of lesser-known music by Gustav Mahler. APM

Listen Mostly Mozart Festival in Concert WNYC

July 29, 2008 – Hear incomparable works by Mozart (his 40th Symphony) and Mahler (The Song of the Earth). WNYC


Listen The Operatic Punch in Mahler's Symphonies

May 18, 2008 – The famous composer never wrote an opera, but there's plenty of drama in his massive symphonies.


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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