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Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.

Read A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

April 12, 2014 – An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures

Watch A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

April 4, 2014 – Violinist Yevgeny Kutik based his latest album on an artifact from his family's journey to the U.S.

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The Kronos Quartet (from left): David Harrington, John Sherba, Sunny Yang and Hank Dutt.

Read The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

March 27, 2014 – Four decades after its first performance, the quartet still seeks new directions.

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Read John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

March 23, 2014 – Adams speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about a large-scale work inspired by the women in Jesus' life.

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When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying."

Watch Dolora Zajick: 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

March 19, 2014 – She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years.

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Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR's Studio 1.

Watch The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

March 7, 2014 – After being stored under a bed for 50 years, a $16 million violin now belongs to Anne Akiko Meyers.

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Philippe Jaroussky's new album is Farinelli: Porpora Arias.

Read Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

March 2, 2014 – The singer's new album takes on the repertoire of a famous 18th-century castrato.

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Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.

Watch Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

February 24, 2014 – The star violinist's new project goes to the heart of the 1930s, when dazzle and sorrow commingled.

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Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles.

Read Monastic Life At The Top Of The Charts

February 11, 2014 – Despite successful album sales, "life just flows along" for the singing sisters at the abbey.

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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the film Philomena.

Read 'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score

February 8, 2014 – The film's Oscar-nominated music, says composer Alexandre Desplat, isn't meant to follow the action.

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Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain.

Read Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

January 30, 2014 – Annie Proulx's powerful short story has expanded into an opera by Pulitzer winner Charles Wuorinen.

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Pioneering American violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920).

Watch 94 Years After Her Death, Maud Powell Finally Wins A Grammy

January 26, 2014 – Born in 1867, Powell paved the way for female — and American — violinists around the world.

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Choreographer Bill T. Jones at an appearance earlier this year.

Read Schubert's 'Winterreise' Paints Bleak Landscape For Bill T. Jones

January 21, 2014 – The choreographer and dancer says music "helps us bear the pain through sheer beauty and intensity."

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A Chinese student at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, where speakers playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony were rigged up to drown out government broadcasts.

Watch The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

January 14, 2014 – A new film explores how Beethoven's Ninth Symphony continues to "offer hope in an unhappy world."

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Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan.

Read Could One Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

January 11, 2014 – Instead of killing herself, Mukhtar Mai took her rapists to court. Now her story is an opera.

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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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