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Listen Gustav Holst's Peerless 'Planets'

June 16, 2009 – John Eliot Gardiner takes a thorough, meticulous approach to his recording of The Planets.

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Listen Vivaldi: A Man For All Seasons

June 9, 2009 – The Venice Baroque Orchestra performs an animated rendition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

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Listen Van Cliburn's Classic Tchaikovsky

June 2, 2009 – Hear the lanky Texan's iconic Tchaikovsky recording, made just after his historic Moscow victory.

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Listen Haydn's Finest, For London

May 26, 2009 – In London, the composer lapped up a wealth of praise, and composed a formidable set of symphonies.

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Listen Verdi's Operatic, Transcendent Requiem

May 19, 2009 – The great opera composer added compassion and plenty of drama to his Requiem Mass.

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Listen Mozart's Turbulent Final Symphonies

May 12, 2009 – Late in his career, Mozart explored feelings of emotional agitation and passion in his symphonies.

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Listen Vladimir Horowitz: The Piano Titan Returns

May 5, 2009 – After a self-imposed 12-year exile, Horowitz triumphed at Carnegie Hall on May 9, 1965.

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Listen 'Carmina Burana,' Music Of Monks And Drunks

April 27, 2009 – Carl Orff transformed bawdy medieval poetry into one of the 20th century's most popular works.

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Listen Puccini's 'La Boheme' At Its Best

April 21, 2009 – Critic Ted Libby explains why La Boheme is perhaps the best-loved opera of all time.

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Listen Handel's Flood Of Melodies: 'Water Music'

April 13, 2009 – In celebrating the great composer, critic Ted Libbey picks the ultimate Water Music CD.

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Listen Bach's Mass In B Minor: A Cathedral In Sound

April 7, 2009 – Bach's Mass is as lofty in design, scope and expression as anything written by the hand of man.

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Listen Brahms' Best: The Violin Concerto

March 31, 2009 – Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter's live performance is intense, angry and soaringly gorgeous.

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Listen The Pastoral Power of 'Appalachian Spring'

March 24, 2009 – Aaron Copland's clear, light and open textures give his ballet a quiet strength.

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Listen Stravinsky's Most Raging 'Rite Of Spring'

March 17, 2009 – Just in time for the vernal equinox, hear a recording of the Rite that roars like thunder.

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Listen Arthur Rubinstein: The Supreme Chopin Poet

March 10, 2009 – The late Polish pianist was an expert at revealing the heart and soul of Chopin's music.

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