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Songs We Love: Daniel Wohl, 'Source'

Hear the Paris native merge the oldest instrument, the human voice, with a palette of colorful electronic sounds, applied with a painter's touch.

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Songs We Love: Nico Muhly, 'Whispered and Revealed'

Hear a deceptive take on the winter blues by way of a versatile choir, a young New York composer and a 150-year-old poem by Longfellow.

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Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient Armenian sacred music with jazz piano. Vahan Stepanyan/ECM hide caption

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Songs We Love: Tigran Hamasyan, 'Your Mercy is Boundless'

Award-winning pianist Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient sacred hymns from his homeland with improvisation, and a little mystery.

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Piano Twang: Steven Mayer Plays 'Le Banjo'

Music by New Orleans native Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America's first musical superstar, is a gumbo of styles including pop and classical.

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'Summertime' In Hanoi

Performer and composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ gives the Gershwin classic a distinct Vietnamese twist with the đàn bâù, an evocative traditional instrument.

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Song Of A Haunted Childhood

"The Witch," from composer Sarah Kirkland Snider's new album Unremembered, inspires childlike fear. Hear singer Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond spin out a tale of terror.

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Songs We Love: Nordic Affect, 'Clockworking'

A quartet of Icelandic women imagines the clicks and whirs of a giant clock. The blend of strings and electronics mimics the interaction of humans and machines.

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Bruce Brubaker's Flowing, Meditative Glass

In Philip Glass' music, the pianist shifts between delicate oscillation and stormy arpeggios.

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Andras Schiff had a change of heart when it comes to the fortepiano. Nadia F. Romanini/ECM Records hide caption

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On the Bang on a Can All-Stars' new album, Field Recordings, composers riff on a range of recorded sounds. Peter Serling/Bang on a Can hide caption

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Percussionist Kuniko's new album is devoted to music by Iannis Xenakis. Linn Records hide caption

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Songs We Love: Kuniko, 'Rebonds - B'

The modernist composer's solo percussion music — fueled by quick pulses in bongos and the fat punctuations of bass drums — flows in a new recording.

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Songs We Love: Kronos Quartet, 'Cercle Du Nord III'

Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic.

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Songs We Love: The Tallis Scholars, 'Nunc Dimittis'

A British choral group, known for its incandescent sound, reveals bells and sunlight in the Estonian composer's Nunc dimittis.

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Songs We Love: Bryan Hymel, 'Asile héréditaire'

A young tenor from New Orleans elegantly launches high Cs in a stirring but punishingly difficult Rossini aria. This is why we listen to opera!

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