provided by:

Classical Studio%20Sessions

The Portland Cello Project.

Listen Portland Cello Project: 'Winter' Songs On World Cafe WXPN

December 24, 2013 – Hear the group perform songs from its new holiday EP, Winter (The Best Nine Months of the Year). WXPN

Renee Fleming.

Listen Renee Fleming On 'Song Travels'

December 13, 2013 – The opera star sings some favorite songs, as well as a Gershwin tune with Michael Feinstein.


Pianist Paul Lewis is drawn to the late piano sonatas by Franz Schubert.

Watch Paul Lewis: Confronting Schubert's Nightmare WGBH

November 7, 2013 – The pianist describes this sinister, delusive music as a violent dream merging with reality. WGBH

Miloš Karadaglić.

Listen Miloš Karadaglić On 'Song Travels'

October 18, 2013 – The guitarist plays the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.


"I've thought to myself often listening to some classical works: 'I think I want to make a couple million dollars and turn that into a pop song,'" Joshua Bell (right) says, laughing. "There's a lot of untapped potential there."

Listen Joshua Bell And Jeremy Denk On 'Song Travels'

May 17, 2013 – Connect the dots between classical music and standards with the dynamic violin-and-piano duo.


Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Listen Jean-Yves Thibaudet On 'Song Travels'

May 3, 2013 – The pianist covers Spanish composer Federico Mompou and American popular songwriter Alec Wilder.


At age 21, Russian Daniil Trifonov is making a huge impression in the piano world.

Watch Pianist Daniil Trifonov: Disappearing Into Chopin WGBH

February 6, 2013 – After winning two major competitions, the 21-year-old Russian is reaching for piano perfection. WGBH


Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says.

Listen Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach APM

January 16, 2013 – The pianist's relationship with the Well-Tempered Clavier is like a successful lifelong marriage. APM


Simone Dinnerstein communes with the music of J.S. Bach at the NPR studio.

Listen Simone Dinnerstein's Bach Between The Notes

October 18, 2012 – Hear the celebrated Bach specialist play the tranquil Partita No. 1 in the NPR studio.


Robert Schumann may have been the first to infuse a yearning for music of the past in his own compositions.

Listen Schumann's Culture Of Musical Nostalgia

October 11, 2012 – The pianist asserts Robert Schumann was the first to imbue a longing for the past in his own music.


Communication was not a strong suit for Robert and Clara Schumann. But music surely was.

Listen Jonathan Biss: Meet The Schumanns (And Their Cryptic Communications)

October 10, 2012 – The pianist performs Robert Schumann's music and decodes musical love notes to his wife Clara.


Composer Robert Schumann has his share of critics. Pianist Jonathan Biss is out to prove them wrong.

Listen Jonathan Biss: Shooting Down The Schumann Detractors APM

October 9, 2012 – The acclaimed pianist performs and defends music by a misunderstood composer. APM


Leif Ove Andsnes.

Watch Leif Ove Andsnes: Fatherhood And Freedom At The Piano WGBH

August 9, 2012 – Hear the thoughtful pianist talk about fatherhood and play Granados and Grieg in the WGBH studios. WGBH


Abraham Lincoln's words were set to music by Aaron Copland in 1942, not long after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Listen Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait': Honest Abe's Oratory, Tailored For Orchestra

July 2, 2012 – Hear a performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.

Listen Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success APM

June 4, 2012 – A rising Venezuelan pianist explains how she overcame her mother's fears to pursue her destiny. APM


NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor