Vagn Holmboe is considered Denmark's finest composer of symphonies after Carl Nielsen.
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October 2, 2012 The brilliant and rigorously built chamber symphonies by Vagn Holmboe have finally made it to disc. Love Nielsen? Give this other Danish composer a try.
Another solid album from Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz shows he's an artist of distinction.
September 26, 2012 With a new album, Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz proves his multiple wins at the 2005 Chopin Competition were no fluke.
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov — a once-in-a-generation artist at just 21?
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September 18, 2012 A blazingly talented young Russian pianist and prizewinner records the concerto that's become his calling card.
Septuagenarian conductor Neeme Järvi brings youthful vigor to an album of brilliant pieces by Saint-Saëns.
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September 4, 2012 A new album, energetically conducted by Neeme Järvi, captures old chestnuts and new surprises by Camille Saint-Saëns in spectacular sound.
Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim captured in a 2006 photo from Berlin.
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August 28, 2012 Hear an excerpt of a brilliant new set of Beethoven concertos featuring pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.
French composer Jules Massenet died 100 years ago, leaving the opera world with a wealth of elegantly composed dramas.
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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.
July 31, 2012 The brilliant orchestral scores of Alfredo Casella are finally receiving well-deserved performances.
Claude Achille Debussy in a 1909 portrait.
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July 24, 2012 After Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov encountered an old instrument in Brussels, he discovered a new world of color and clarity in music by Debussy.
Robin Ticciati conducts beyond his years in a debut recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
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.
July 10, 2012 Bach's oratorio The St. Matthew Passion has been called the Mount Everest of Western classical music. For some three and a half hours, it tells the story of Jesus' last days, based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. A new DVD deals with this monumental work in an original way.
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Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen Prejean and Philip Cutlip as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking.
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July 3, 2012 An acclaimed American opera gets a rare honor — a second recording.
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The "Scottish Lochs," an impression of composer Erik Chisholm's homeland.
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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.
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June 12, 2012 A UK-based group performs Brian Eno's NASA-inspired electronic music on conventional instruments.
June 6, 2012 The British early music group I Fagiolini delights in resurrecting huge — and yet totally unknown — works from the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque.
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.
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May 29, 2012 A stellar new recording from the London Symphony Orchestra of Benjamin Britten's masterpiece reminds listeners of a poignant and ever-timely piece of music.
A portrait of French composer Félicien-César David (from 1876), celebrating his famous orchestral ode Le Désert.
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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.
May 15, 2012 Silenced by breast cancer at the height of her sparkling career, the great English singer Kathleen Ferrier's legacy lives on in a new 14-CD set and documentary.
Horneman's music has a flair for the theatrical.
May 8, 2012 Composer Christian Horneman's limited but exceptional output has a flair for the theatrical.
May 1, 2012 Hear an excerpt from a fabulous debut recording by a 21-year-old pianist who's poised to take the world by storm with his beguiling mix of tenderness and muscularity.
Einojuhani Rautavaara, the elder statetsman of Finnish composers, has written a dynamic percussion concerto for Colin Currie.
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April 24, 2012 The dean of Finnish composers has written a new concerto for ace percussionist Colin Currie.
Mumbai's Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus railway station, one of the most famous locales in the city and a site attacked by terrorists in May 2010.
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April 17, 2012 Composer Evan Ziporyn pairs exciting new concertos for two unlikely soloists: bass clarinet and the Indian tabla.
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená with violinist Daniel Stabrawa and tenor Mark Padmore perform in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
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April 10, 2012 Watch an excerpt of Peter Sellars' semi-staged "ritualization" of Bach's dramatic passion story.
Composer Evencio Castellanos helped develop a national sound for classical music in Venezuela.
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April 3, 2012 Evencio Castellanos' symphonic poems from the 1940s reveal Venezuela at its most voluptuous.
Composer John Adams.
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March 27, 2012 Hear an excerpt from a brilliant new recording of music by one of today's most essential composers — it's an early contender for Best Album of 2012.
Pioneering Polish composer Witold Lutosławski struggled to find his musical voice.
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March 6, 2012 Over a 50 year career and a string of fascinating orchestral works, the Polish composer continued to uncover new paths of musical expression.
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