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Philip Glass' 75th birthday cake — featuring some of his scores rendered in fondant.

Read Raising A Glass To America's Most Famous Contemporary Composer

January 31, 2012 – Hear some of the world premiere recording of Philip Glass' Ninth Symphony.

Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.

Read A Quarter-Century Of Banging, And Still As Fresh As Ever

January 24, 2012 – The venerable new music collective celebrates its 25th anniversary with a free double CD.

A new album by Cappella Amsterdam explores rarely performed choral music by Leos Janáček.

Read Janáček For Voices: The Choral Side Of An Unusual Composer

January 10, 2012 – A new album by Cappella Amsterdam uncovers rarely heard music by the quirky Czech master.

The Takacs Quartet, continuing to conquer the music of "Papa" Haydn.

Read The Takacs Quartet's Haydn: Brilliant, But With A Bite

January 3, 2012 – Gorgeous performances of three string quartets Haydn wrote to "sell" his music to the public.

A view of the 16th-century Shirvanshakhs palace in Azerbaijan's capital city, Baku.

Read The Art Of The Concerto In Azerbaijan

December 27, 2011 – East meets West in rarely heard piano concertos by some of Azerbaijan's best composers.

Circa 1300, King Wenceslas II of Bohemia.

Read Wenceslas: A Goodhearted King And His Popular Carol

December 22, 2011 – Behind the well-known song that bears his name is the story of what made King Wenceslas so good.


The London Philharmonic Orchestra crafts a sly take on a ubiquitous video-game staple.

Listen The Angry Birds Theme Gets An Orchestral Makeover

December 21, 2011 – The London Philharmonic Orchestra crafts a sly take on a ubiquitous video-game staple.


Edwin Outwater leads the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony in fresh music from the 40 and under crowd.

Read New Music From The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony

December 20, 2011 – An Ontario orchestra shines in recent music by young composers and alt-rock heroes.

American tenor Nicholas Phan.

Read Shiver-Inducing 'Winter Words'

December 13, 2011 – A phenomenal solo debut album by a very promising young American tenor, Nicholas Phan.

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe (right) take on everything from Michael Jackson to Mozart on When Words Fade.

Read From Mozart To Michael Jackson: Classical Contenders

December 12, 2011 – Performance Today host Fred Child highlights yMusic, a piano duo and the Emerson String Quartet.


Tenor Mark Padmore (right) and pianist Paul Lewis have teamed up again for the songs of Franz Schubert.

Read The Final Songs Of Franz Schubert

December 6, 2011 – Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis find the bitterness between Schubert's deceivingly sweet lines.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen's "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears" is incredibly delicate, meditative and soaring all at once.

Listen A Winged Victory For The Sullen: Intense Clarity

December 5, 2011 – "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears" is incredibly delicate, meditative and soaring all at once.


Portugal's Bom Jesus church.

Read Classical Lost and Found: Branco's Laudable But Overlooked Sonatas

November 29, 2011 – A pair of neglected violin sonatas from the Portuguese composer shine in a new recording.

Dmitri Shostakovich, 1960.

Read Lesser Shostakovich Finds A Home In Liverpool

November 22, 2011 – Masterful performances give weight to lesser-played symphonies.

Video Games Live

Listen 'Video Games Live': Mario As Muse

November 22, 2011 – A solo piano rendition of the Super Mario theme music underlines the wit of the source material.


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