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In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he imagines his own march to the guillotine.

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March 7, 2013 – In Hector Berlioz's creepy symphonic fantasy, brass snarl and winds shriek like feral beasts.

Reneé Fleming (right) and Susan Graham — two "cheerful Americans" often mistaken for each other — are planning an intimate evening of French song.

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January 23, 2013 – The two opera stars will conjure the intimate atmosphere of the 19th-century Parisian salon.

Robin Ticciati conducts beyond his years in a debut recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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July 17, 2012 – Robin Ticciati's boyish looks belie a seasoned approach to Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

Which composers would you invite to your Thanksgiving table?

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November 18, 2011 – Commentator Miles Hoffman invites an eclectic group of long-gone composers to Thanksgiving dinner.

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Conductor Nicholas McGegan's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra label, PBP, has released two live concert recordings featuring the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

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August 2, 2011 – The late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson lives on in new, previously unreleased recordings.

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Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

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June 27, 2011 – An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

The Annual Deceptive Cadence Halloween Puzzler

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

Tudor City album cover

Listen The Sacred, Profane And Placid: New Classical CDs

June 5, 2010 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an extra-wide variety of new CDs.

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Listen 'The Childhood Of Christ' In Concert MPR

December 21, 2009 – Hear the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and soloists perform Berlioz's vivid story of the holy family. MPR

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The fifth and final movement of the Symphonie fantastique is set at a witches' Sabbath.

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October 27, 2009 – Hear a musical treat for Halloween that still sounds fiercely psychedelic and sweepingly romantic.

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Listen Revolutionary Sounds: A Bastille Day Music Mix

July 14, 2009 – Commentator Miles Hoffman presents a guided tour through the music of the French Revolution.

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Listen Berlioz Meets Bard In 'Beatrice And Benedict'

June 19, 2009 – Reluctant romance headlines an operatic take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

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Read Musical Mayhem: Top 5 Creepy Classics WVXU

October 24, 2008 – The Halloween candy might be sweet, but not these timless creepy classics. WVXU

Listen Insults And Praise On The Classical Campaign

October 23, 2008 – Politicians aren't the only ones to use their influence to alter public opinion about their rivals.

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Read Regine Crespin, French Opera Diva Dies at 80

July 6, 2007 – Soprano Regine Crespin was praised for the subtlety and quality of her operatic interpretations.

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