Tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Petra Stadler/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes'

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Violinist Joshua Bell conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields by doing what comes naturally to him. The celebrated soloist is also the London orchestra's music director. Chris Chrisodoulou/Sony Classical hide caption

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From Bow To Baton: Violinist Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven

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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer. William Gottlieb hide caption

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Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Meet The Musical Mendelssohns: Felix And Fanny

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Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice

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Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil. Desiree Furoni hide caption

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Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America

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Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965. Courtesy of the Evers family hide caption

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A Civil Rights Figure's Long Road — To Carnegie Hall

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Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz

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The epic strings and chanting monks of the Halo series are just some of the video-game sounds reinterpreted by Angèle Dubeau on her new album, Game Music. Microsoft hide caption

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A Classical Musician's Game Theory

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein Jamie Jung/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past

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Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Marco Borggreve/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Erik Weiss/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

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As a young classical composer, Missy Mazzoli borrows music and business strategies from the indie rock world. Stephen Taylor hide caption

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Missy Mazzoli: A New Opera And New Attitude For Classical Music

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An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

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Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life. James Elaine hide caption

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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places. Steph Mackinnon hide caption

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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

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Soprano Maria Slatinaru and bass Paul Plishka perform in a 1986 production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino at the San Francisco Opera. Ron Scherl/Redferns hide caption

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Verdi's 'La Forza,' Born Under A Bad Sign

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Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August. Stu Rosner hide caption

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John Williams' Inevitable Themes

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Stephen Hough's newest release is the French Album. Sim Canetty-Clarke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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Over the past four decades, Benoit Rolland has made more than 1,400 bows for violins, violas and cellos. Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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The MacArthur 'Genius' Bow Maker Who Makes Violins Sing

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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3. Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic hide caption

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

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Naxos founder Klaus Heymann. Lam King Yin/Courtesy of Naxos hide caption

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Klaus Heymann: On 25 Years Of Naxos — And Changing The Classical Music Business

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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. Decca hide caption

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Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani

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Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood. S. Katan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Radiohead's Guitarist Adapts To Life In Widescreen

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