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Stephen Hough's newest release is the French Album.

Read Stephen Hough's 'French Album,' A 'Musical Dessert Trolley'

October 21, 2012 – The pianist's latest album resulted from his study of what makes a piece of music uniquely French.

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Over the past four decades, Benoit Rolland has made more than 1,400 bows for violins, violas and cellos.

Read The MacArthur 'Genius' Bow Maker Who Makes Violins Sing

October 6, 2012 – Over four decades, Benoit Rolland has made more than 1,400 bows for violins, violas and cellos.

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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.

Read Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

September 29, 2012 – Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, which raises many questions.

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Read Gustavo Dudamel On The Magic Of Stravinsky's 'Crazy Music'

September 28, 2012 – One of today's hottest conductors talks about a piece that's integral to his musical life.

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Naxos founder Klaus Heymann.

Listen Klaus Heymann: On 25 Years Of Naxos And Classical Music

September 27, 2012 – The founder of Naxos upended the classical music industry. Hear music that tells his story.

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Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the music of Agostino Steffani, a 17th-century composer who led a double life as a diplomat.

Read Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani

September 24, 2012 – The award-winning soprano uncovers the music of an Italian composer on her new album, Mission.

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Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood.

Read Radiohead's Guitarist Adapts To Life In Widescreen

September 15, 2012 – Jonny Greenwood scored the new film The Master, his second for director Paul Thomas Anderson.

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John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988

Read 33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

September 5, 2012 – From Yoko Ono to Nona Hendryx to Lou Reed — what they've taken from the late composer's ideas.

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.

Read Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty WBUR

August 27, 2012 – The young Berklee-trained violinist dedicates his new album to the late legend Stephane Grappelli. WBUR

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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

Listen Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

August 22, 2012 – For the composer's sesquicentennial, a virtuoso selects favorite Debussy recordings.

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Can opera survive in an era of shrinking budgets and aging audiences?

Watch Is Opera Ailing? Assessing The State Of The Art

August 16, 2012 – Is opera healthy today, or is the 400-year-old art form struggling for its life?

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To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani.

Read A Musician And The Audition Of His Life

July 21, 2012 – A year spent working about 20 hours a day — and a fate decided in a few minutes.

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Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop.

Read A Grand Soviet Symphony, By Way Of Brazil

July 21, 2012 – An American conductor explains why Russian music suits her Sao Paolo orchestra.

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.

Read At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

July 19, 2012 – Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) recalls a childhood filled with symphonic music.

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Mandolinist Avi Avital's new album Bach was released June 12.

Read Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education

July 7, 2012 – The Israeli musician discovered his instrument by coincidence. His new album is called Bach.

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First Listen

The songs here <em></em>form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

The songs here form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

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After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue <em>Purple Rain</em> for its 30th anniversary.

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue Purple Rain for its 30th anniversary.

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

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