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Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall.

Read Echoes Of 2012: A Classical Music Quiz

January 9, 2013 – Try your hand at nailing the big and not so big stories of the past year in this interactive quiz.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Read Leonidas Kavakos: Letting Beethoven Shine

January 8, 2013 – A new recording of Beethoven's violin sonatas keeps the spotlight on the music, not the soloist.

The cast of Season 3 of the worldwide smash series Downton Abbey.

Watch Seismic Change At 'Downton Abbey,' As Heard In 'The Waltz'

January 7, 2013 – How the worldwide smash TV series reminded one viewer of a piece of classical music by Ravel.

Not mainstream enough to mark? A portrait of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau taken circa 1965.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 4, 2013 – The burning question of the week: Is classical music visible enough for a mainstream audience?

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read And RuPaul Is From Poulenc

January 4, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have an album coming out in March.

Read In January's Drought, Three Albums Worth Waiting For

January 3, 2013 – January is a slow month for new albums. Still, we offer an exclusive sampler of unreleased treats.

In Minneapolis, the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are appealing for public support.

Read Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall? MPR

January 1, 2013 – Contentious negotiations and financial woes have plagued many American orchestras this year. MPR


Classical music lost many fine artists in 2012.

Read Fond Farewells: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2012

December 31, 2012 – Hear and see the artistry of fine classical musicians who passed away in 2012.

The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 28, 2012 – Classical fraud on the small screen, maybe the best classical app ever and much more.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read O Fortuna, Why So Negative?

December 28, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "Nutcracker and Mouse King," is darker and spookier than the ballet version most people know.

Read No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker'

December 25, 2012 – Few people remember E.T.A. Hoffmann, but many are aware of his famous creation: The Nutcracker.


A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.

Read Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

December 24, 2012 – The flow of classical Christmas albums has slowed, triggering a longing for past recordings.


Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil.

Read Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America

December 22, 2012 – The conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony is inspired by Brazil's commitment to classical music.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The 12 Tones Of Christmas

December 21, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Tenor Rolando Villazon: "I don't think you learn anything from blogs and reviews."

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 21, 2012 – Revealing interviews, peacocks who talk, and support — moral and financial — for two orchestras.

Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.

Watch The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

December 19, 2012 – An upcoming documentary highlights one extraordinary orchestra in Paraguay; watch the trailer.

On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas Adès guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composers.

Read When A Thoughtful Cellist Meets An Imaginative Composer

December 18, 2012 – Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist-composer Thomas Adès shine in a recital of disparate pieces.

Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965.

Read A Civil Rights Figure's Long Road — To Carnegie Hall

December 15, 2012 – An educator and activist for decades, Myrlie Evers-Williams is fulfilling a long-held musical dream.


Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.

Read Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz

December 14, 2012 – The Dutch violinist and conductor is one of the most successful classical artists in history.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Every Time Quasthoff Sings An Angel Gets His Wings

December 14, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

The late sitar master and Indian cultural legend Ravi Shankar performing in Bangalore in February 2012.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 14, 2012 – A string of sorrow this week after four artists' deaths, tempered by one very uplifting orchestra.

Pianist Jeremy Denk, whose album of Ligeti and Beethoven landed on our Top 10 Classical of 2012.

Listen Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Ten albums released this year that you absolutely, positively won't want to miss.


The late sitarist, composer and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday at age 92.

Read 5 Essential Ravi Shankar Recordings

December 12, 2012 – Ravi Shankar was an intrepid musical explorer. Hear five of his collaborations you must know.

Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.

Watch Outspoken Russian Diva And Muse Galina Vishnevskaya Dies At 86

December 11, 2012 – The soprano was known for her electrifying performances and her dissident political views.

Prominent musicians remember American composer Elliott Carter (who would have turned 104 today) through his music. Carter died last month.

Read Musicians Remember Elliott Carter

December 11, 2012 – From singers to conductors, musicians pay homage to Elliott Carter by discussing his music.

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