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To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Read Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

December 6, 2012 – Composer David Lang's work for the vocal quartet reflects the modern world, not mythology.


Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 7, 2012 – What you want to know this week, from our ten must-hear albums to Brubeck's take on classical.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Contracts Roasting On An Open Fire

December 7, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

On Silfra, violinist Hilary Hahn improvises with prepared pianist Hauschka.

Read A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012

December 9, 2012 – NPR's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic set of the year's best classical recordings.


The epic strings and chanting monks of the Halo series are just some of the video-game sounds reinterpreted by Angèle Dubeau on her new album, Game Music.

Read A Classical Musician's Game Theory

December 10, 2012 – Violinist Angèle Dubeau has added the music of Halo and Angry Birds to her repertoire.


President Barack Obama and the late pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, after Rosen was presented with a 2011 National Humanities Medal on February 13.

Read Remembering Charles Rosen, A Prodigious Pianist And Polymath

December 10, 2012 – The extraordinarily wide-ranging pianist, scholar and essayist died at age 85 on Sunday.


Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's sweet and silvery voice was perfect for the music of Richard Strauss.

Watch Soprano Lisa Della Casa, Strauss And Mozart Specialist, Dies At 93

December 11, 2012 – The Swiss soprano with the sweet and silvery voice was a regular in Vienna and New York.

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

Read Gustavo Dudamel Leads The Simon Bolivar Symphony At Carnegie Hall WQXR

December 11, 2012 – Gustavo Dudamel brings the young Venezuelan orchestra and thrilling Latin music to Carnegie Hall. WQXR

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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