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Septuagenarian conductor Neeme Järvi brings youthful vigor to an album of brilliant pieces by Saint-Saëns.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Symphonic Sensations From Saint-Saens

September 4, 2012 – A new album, captures old chestnuts and new surprises in spectacular sound.

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim captured in a 2006 photo from Berlin.

Read Barenboim's Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

August 28, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from Beethoven's piano concertos played and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

French composer Jules Massenet died 100 years ago, leaving the opera world with a wealth of elegantly composed dramas.

Read Making A Case For Massenet, The Misunderstood Sentimentalist

August 14, 2012 – A new 23-CD set explores the suave elegance of one of the most successful opera composers.

Alfredo Casella's orchestral scores are finally receiving well-deserved attention these days.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Making a Case For Casella

July 31, 2012 – The brilliant orchestral scores of Alfredo Casella are finally receiving well-deserved performances.

Read Alexei Lubimov's Debussy: Less Dreamy, More Dynamic

July 24, 2012 – Thanks to an old instrument in Brussels, a pianist discovered a new world of color and clarity.

Robin Ticciati conducts beyond his years in a debut recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Read Young Conductor Steers A Vivid, Drug-Addled Dream

July 17, 2012 – Robin Ticciati's boyish looks belie a seasoned approach to Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.

Read 'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

July 10, 2012 – A new DVD deals with the Mount Everest of Western classical music in an original way.


Read 'Dead Man Walking' Sings Again

July 3, 2012 – An acclaimed American opera gets a rare honor — a second recording.


The "Scottish Lochs," an impression of composer Erik Chisholm's homeland.

Read Classical Lost and Found: The 'Hindustani' Piano Concerto

June 26, 2012 – The versatile pianist Danny Driver introduces two rarely heard concertos by Scotsman Erik Chisholm.

The Apollo 11 space module above the surface of the moon.

Read Analog For Astronauts: An Ambient Classic Reimagined

June 12, 2012 – A UK-based group performs Brian Eno's NASA-inspired electronic music on conventional instruments.

Read Masses Of Sound Surge After Centuries

June 6, 2012 – The British early music group I Fagiolini delights in resurrecting huge but unknown works.

Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten's War Requiem was written for the church's reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by Nazi bombers.

Read Britten's War Requiem: 50 Years On, Still As Harrowing As Ever

May 29, 2012 – A stellar new recording from the London Symphony Orchestra of a poignant and timely work.

A portrait of French composer Félicien-César David (from 1876), celebrating his famous orchestral ode Le Désert.

Read Fine Quartets From A Forgotten Frenchman

May 22, 2012 – The outstanding Cambini-Paris Quartet uncovers the neglected chamber music of Félicien David.

The English contralto Kathleen Ferrier had a voice like no other. She was born 100 years ago.

Read Kathleen Ferrier: A Voice Not Forgotten

May 15, 2012 – A new 14-CD set marks the centenary of the great English singer's birth.

Horneman's music has a flair for the theatrical.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Danish Delights From The Late 19th Century

May 8, 2012 – Composer Christian Horneman's limited but exceptional output has a flair for the theatrical.

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