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Listen Claude Debussy's Painterly Preludes

September 29, 2009 – The subtle, elusive quality of Debussy's 24 preludes is captured perfectly by pianist Paul Jacobs.

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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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Portrait of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven by German painter Joseph Karl Stieler, circa 1820.

Listen Beethoven's Carefully Choreographed Violence

September 15, 2009 – Hear pianist Emil Gilels bring his brand of leonine passion to three of Beethoven's best sonatas.

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German Composer Johannes Brahms.

Listen Appealing To The Masses: Brahms' Requiem

September 8, 2009 – Hear conductor Otto Klemperer's soulful rendering of Brahms' personal and rapturous Requiem.

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Carol Lawrence (right) sings "I Feel Pretty," along with (left to right) Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Gutierrez and Marilyn Cooper, in the 1957 original Broadway cast recording of West Side Story.

Listen Best Of Broadway: Bernstein's 'West Side Story'

September 1, 2009 – The original Broadway cast recording still sounds fresh more than 50 years after the show opened.

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Evgeny Mravinsky's intense Tchaikovsky recordings are among the most hair-raising performances captured on disc.

Listen Mravinsky's Supercharged Tchaikovsky

August 25, 2009 – Evgeny Mravinsky conducts Tchaikovsky's final symphonies with an intensity rarely heard.

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An engraving of Franz Schubert, a year before he wrote his famed String Quintet in C.

Listen Schubert Most Sublime: The String Quintet In C

August 18, 2009 – Hear Schubert's personal brand of lyrical melancholy in his innovative String Quintet in C.

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In the final movement of his Fourth Symphony, Johannes Brahms releases a pent-up tide of emotion.

Listen Brahms' 4th Symphony At Full Strength

August 11, 2009 – Hear conductor Carlos Kleiber bring out all the pent-up emotions in Brahms' final symphony.

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Murray Perahia at the piano.

Listen Gold Standard For Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'

August 4, 2009 – Murray Perahia's fleet fingers and seasoned musicality make this a Bach recording for the ages.

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The original poster advertising the premiere of The Magic Flute on Sept. 30, 1791, is on display at the birth home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Listen Mozart's Forward-Looking 'Magic Flute'

July 28, 2009 – Ted Libbey recommends an all-star cast performance of Mozart's last opera, The Magic Flute.

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Listen Pastoral Passion: Ravel's 'Daphnis and Chloe'

July 21, 2009 – Jean Martinon conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this sensual recording of Ravel's ballet.

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Listen Josquin Des Prez's Luminous Sound

July 14, 2009 – Pure and expressive, his Missa Pange Lingua is at the summit of Renaissance masses.

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Listen Brilliant Beethoven By The Emerson Quartet

July 7, 2009 – The group defies the difficulties inherent in performing Beethoven's 16 string quartets.

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Listen Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin At His Greatest

June 30, 2009 – Leonard Bernstein performs American music with mid-century flair in this 1959 recording.

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Listen Debussy's La Mer

June 23, 2009 – Claude Debussy's La Mer is an impressionistic vision of the sheer power of the ocean.

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