The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.
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December 28, 2012 Classical fraud on the small screen, maybe the best classical app ever and much more: what you need to read, watch and hear this week. Plus: "obscene" Britten, a scary Nutcracker and operatic takes on both "Gangnam Style" and extreme pizza.
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.
December 25, 2012 Few people today remember E.T.A. Hoffmann, but most everyone is familiar with his most famous creation: The Nutcracker. NPR's Robert Siegel traces the history of everyone's favorite Christmas ballet all the way back to its much darker original version.
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A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
December 24, 2012 The flow of good classical Christmas albums seems to have slowed to a trickle. And that's got one holiday listener longing for holiday albums from years past, from Jessye Norman's Christmastide, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and carols led by Robert Shaw.
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Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil.
December 22, 2012 The inspirational El Sistema music education program, developed in Venezuela, has Sao Paulo Symphony conductor Marin Alsop fantasizing about a better musical world. Her other orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, is bringing similar opportunities to Charm City children.
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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."
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December 21, 2012 A pair of revealing interviews, peacocks who talk and support — moral and financial — for orchestras: your guide to what you must know in classical music this week. Plus: the Schumann 'brand' and Dave Brubeck's encounter with Schoenberg, who wouldn't take even two.
Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.
December 19, 2012 An upcoming documentary highlights an extraordinary orchestra in Paraguay, whose young members play instruments made out of trash in a slum built on top of a landfill. Watch the trailer.
On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas AdÃ¨s guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composers.
December 18, 2012 Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist-composer Thomas Adès play together with uncommon instinct and energy. They shine in a recital of disparate pieces, culminating in a world-premiere recording of an eclectic new work by Adès.
Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965.
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December 15, 2012 Myrlie Evers-Williams is the widow of assassinated civil rights activist Medgar Evers. After her husband's death, she became a noted activist herself. But music has always been one of her loves, and she's about to fulfill a longtime dream on the Carnegie stage.
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Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.
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December 14, 2012 The Dutch violinist and conductor, often called "The King of the Waltz," is one of the most commercially successful classical artists in history. His latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.
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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.
December 14, 2012 A string of sorrow this week after four artists' deaths, tempered by one very uplifting orchestra: catch up on all the week's news that you must know. A video game composer is up for a Grammy, Steinway may move out of its longtime home and a critic points out the inherent wackiness of opera.
Pianist Jeremy Denk, whose album of Ligeti and Beethoven landed on our Top 10 Classical of 2012.
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December 13, 2012 Ten albums released this year that you absolutely, positively won't want to miss — from marquee artists like Cecilia Bartoli and Michael Tilson Thomas to fresh discoveries, including American composer Michael Harrison, Denmark's Vagn Holmboe and a forgotten Baroque man of mystery.
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The late sitarist, composer and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday at age 92.
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December 12, 2012 Ravi Shankar was not just an ambassador for Indian culture. He was an intrepid musical explorer who as a teenager heard Cab Calloway and who created collaborations with artists ranging from George Harrison to Yehudi Menuhin to Philip Glass. Hear five Shankar collaborations you must know.
Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.
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December 11, 2012 The soprano, whose life unfolded with more tragic and triumphant twists and turns than any opera plot was celebrated 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.
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December 11, 2012 Musicians who loved Elliott Carter and his music remember the great composer (who died last month at age 103) by discussing pieces of his music that touched them personally. They show how his long professional relationships with performers illuminated the conversational complexity of his music.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall in New York.
December 11, 2012 Conductor Gustavo Dudamel brings the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela — the orchestra he's led since his teen years — to Carnegie Hall with a program of thrilling Latin American music.
Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's sweet and silvery voice was perfect for the music of Richard Strauss.
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December 11, 2012 The Swiss soprano will be remembered especially for singing songs and operas by Richard Strauss, which fit her sweet and silvery voice like couture gowns. She appeared more than 400 times at the Vienna State Opera and was a favorite at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1950s and '60s.
President Barack Obama and the late pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, after Rosen was presented with a 2011 National Humanities Medal on February 13.
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December 10, 2012 The extraordinarily wide-ranging pianist, scholar and essayist died at age 85 Sunday after a multifaceted life in the arts and academia. His broad repertoire and keen insight as a writer helped shape decades of thought on classical and contemporary music. Hear him play and discuss the piano.
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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.
December 10, 2012 "Good music is good music," violinist Angèle Dubeau says. The Canadian musician interprets theme music from Halo, Angry Birds and other video games on her latest album.
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On Silfra, violinist Hilary Hahn improvises with prepared pianist Hauschka.
December 9, 2012 From the versatility of the violin to the virtuosity of a mysterious opera composer, NPR's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic set of the year's best classical recordings.
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December 7, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012.
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December 7, 2012 What you want to know about classical music this week, from our ten must-hear albums to the Grammy nominations to Dave Brubeck's classical music and composer Jonathan Harvey's passing. Plus: New York City Opera selling most of its sets and the jailhouse orchestra that players don't want to leave.
To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
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December 6, 2012 For its 25th anniversary, the vocal quartet commissioned a new piece from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Despite the fact that the group is mostly famous for singing very old music, love fail reflects the world we live in — not some distant and remote mythology.
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