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San Francisco Symphony plays John Adams.

Listen NPR Classical's Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

June 13, 2012 – The NPR Classical team discusses and spins a variety of favorite new discs and downloads.


Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.

Read A Quarter-Century Of Banging, And Still As Fresh As Ever

January 24, 2012 – The venerable new music collective celebrates its 25th anniversary with a free double CD.

Composer Steve Reich.

Read Steve Reich: Music We Love Q2

October 3, 2011 – To celebrate the composer's 75th birthday, we've invited musicians and NPR friends to reflect. Q2

Composer Steve Reich

Read First Listen: Steve Reich, 'Double Sextet, 2x5' Q2

September 5, 2010 – The composer's innovations have been distilled and polished to a compelling sheen on his new album. Q2


Read Easy Listening For Uneasy Listeners

October 30, 2008 – Veins in your temples about to pop? Relieve the stress of work with these five soothing songs.

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