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Classical Music Interviews

From left: Video director Joe Sabia, bassist Michael Thurber and recording engineer Matt McCorkle of CDZA.

Watch Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It

December 3, 2013 – Collective Cadenza, or CDZA, is a group of musicians whose YouTube videos receive millions of views.

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Yuja Wang at NPR's studio in Washington, D.C.

Read Yuja Wang: Rooted In Diligence, Inspired By Improvisation

December 2, 2013 – The pianist says she hears a connection between "Rach 3" and improvisations from the late Art Tatum.

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Benjamin Britten takes a cup of tea during rehearsals for his War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England in May, 1962.

Read Consumed By Violence, With Hope For Peace: Britten's 'War Requiem'

November 23, 2013 – To mark Britten's centennial, Marin Alsop discovers the composer via his blood-soaked War Requiem.

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Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).

Read The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

November 21, 2013 – Like those in a Thanksgiving dinner, the main ingredients of an orchestra have changed over time.

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This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.

Read Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

October 29, 2013 – In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner hunts for the personality of the great composer.

Chinese composer Tan Dun's latest work, Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, was inspred by an ancient language spoken in a remote area of Tan's home province of Hunan.

Watch From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

October 27, 2013 – An ancient secret language spoken among women in his home province inspired Tan's latest work.

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A scene from the revival of Einstein on the Beach.

Watch The Minds Behind 'Einstein On The Beach' Talk Shop

October 12, 2013 – Phillip Glass, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs discuss a new revival of their epic modern opera.

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Morton Subotnick performs at New York's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 2004. The pioneering electronic composer recently created a mobile app for children.

Watch Electronic Music's Godfather Isn't Done Innovating

October 12, 2013 – Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon changed music. At 80, he still has more up his sleeve.

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Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.

Listen Guest DJ Angela Meade: Hitting The Big Time With Help From Verdi

October 7, 2013 – One of today's preeminent Verdi singers spins deep tracks by the master opera composer.

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Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander's new album is titled Claws & Wings.

Read Returning To Music, Tested By Loss

October 6, 2013 – Music was Erik Friedlander's refuge when his wife fell ill. Then, in one week, he lost both.

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Emily Bear is a classical and jazz pianist. At 12, she is what many call a prodigy.

Read Don't Call This 12-Year-Old Concert Pianist A Prodigy

October 1, 2013 – Emily Bear has recorded six albums and performed at the White House. What have you done lately?

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.

Read The Pianist Who Plays 'The Rascal And The Sparrow'

September 25, 2013 – In a new tribute album, pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi pairs songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.

David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin.

Watch Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

August 13, 2013 – St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson decodes America's orchestral anxieties.

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Chris Thile's new album, Sonatas and Partitas, draws from material written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the early 1700s.

Watch Chris Thile Looks Back To Bach

August 11, 2013 – The mandolinist's latest project is a collection of pieces written by J.S. Bach in the early 1700s.

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First Listen

Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

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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.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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