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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.

Behzod Abduraimov.

Read Meet Your New Piano Idol: Behzod Abduraimov

May 1, 2012 – A fabulous debut recording from a 21-year-old pianist who's poised to take the world by storm.

Einojuhani Rautavaara, the elder statetsman of Finnish composers, has written a dynamic percussion concerto for Colin Currie.

Read Bang On A Concerto: A New Percussion Piece By Rautavaara

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.

Read The Splendid Tabla: New Indian Flavors For Orchestra

April 17, 2012 – Evan Ziporyn pairs exciting new concertos for two unlikely soloists: bass clarinet and the tabla.

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená with violinist Daniel Stabrawa and tenor Mark Padmore perform in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Watch Bach's St. Matthew Passion: Ritualized And Riveting

April 10, 2012 – Watch an excerpt of Peter Sellars' semi-staged "ritualization" of Bach's dramatic passion story.

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