Polish composer Henryk Górecki, in Zakopane, Poland, in 1994 — two years after a recording of his Symphony No. 3 became a surprise hit. Górecki died in 2010. Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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13Hej, z gory, z gory

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09Plainland Song

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The New York-based orchestra Alarm Will Sound puts a fresh twist on The Beatles' most maligned song. Carl Sander Socolow/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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01Revolution 9

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Musicians from the French ensembles Dedalus and Muzzix have recreated an album by Moondog, originally released in 1971. Christian Mathieu/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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24Behold

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08Kyrie after Byrd

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Born without his right hand, Nicholas McCarthy pursued a career as a concert pianist. Paul Marc Mitchell/Warner Classics hide caption

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13The Man I Love

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Daniel Wohl's new album, Holographic, is released Jan. 29. Nathan Lee Bush/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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07Source

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Nico Muhly's new holiday song is based on Longfellow's poem Snow-flakes. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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06Whispered and Revealed

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

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05Your Mercy is Boundless (Bazum en Qo gtutyunqd)

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk was America's first musical superstar. Library of Congress hide caption

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01Le Banjo

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Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ gives a Gershwin classic an expressive, evocative twist with the đàn bâù, a traditional Vietnamese instrument. Nguyen Nhat Hoang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01Summertime

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William Schimmel distills Mahler's lengthy Ninth Symphony down to under seven minutes. Illustration by Joan Chiverton hide caption

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11Mahler 9

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Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle Unremembered comes out Sept. 4. Willy Somma/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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08The Witch

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01Clockworking

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Pianist Bruce Brubaker has been playing Philip Glass' music for more than 20 years. Timothy Saccenti hide caption

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01Mad Rush

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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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03Impromptu in A-flat, Op. 142 - Allegretto

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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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02An Open Cage

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

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06Rebonds - B

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