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The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.

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December 28, 2012 – Classical fraud on the small screen, maybe the best classical app ever and much more.

Tenor Rolando Villazon: "I don't think you learn anything from blogs and reviews."

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December 21, 2012 – Revealing interviews, peacocks who talk, and support — moral and financial — for two orchestras.

Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.

Watch The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

December 19, 2012 – An upcoming documentary highlights one extraordinary orchestra in Paraguay; watch the trailer.

The late sitar master and Indian cultural legend Ravi Shankar performing in Bangalore in February 2012.

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December 14, 2012 – A string of sorrow this week after four artists' deaths, tempered by one very uplifting orchestra.

Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.

Watch Outspoken Russian Diva And Muse Galina Vishnevskaya Dies At 86

December 11, 2012 – The soprano was known for her electrifying performances and her dissident political views.

Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's sweet and silvery voice was perfect for the music of Richard Strauss.

Watch Soprano Lisa Della Casa, Strauss And Mozart Specialist, Dies At 93

December 11, 2012 – The Swiss soprano with the sweet and silvery voice was a regular in Vienna and New York.

President Barack Obama and the late pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, after Rosen was presented with a 2011 National Humanities Medal on February 13.

Read Remembering Charles Rosen, A Prodigious Pianist And Polymath

December 11, 2012 – The extraordinarily wide-ranging pianist, scholar and essayist died at age 85 on Sunday.

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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012.

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December 7, 2012 – What you want to know this week, from our ten must-hear albums to Brubeck's take on classical.

To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Read Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

December 6, 2012 – Composer David Lang's work for the vocal quartet reflects the modern world, not mythology.

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The New York Philharmonic performing at the current incarnation of Avery Fisher Hall in January 2011.

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November 30, 2012 – A major move for the NY Phil and back-and-forthing in Minnesota: a guide to what you need to know.

A garden serves as the stage in the opera.

Read The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

November 30, 2012 – An adapted version of the 16th century Chinese opera will take place at the Metropolitan Museum.

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After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18.

Read Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

November 27, 2012 – The Kennedy Center finally replaced its not-quite-up-to-the-task pipe organ.

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Does This Guy Matter? Conductor Leonard Bernstein during rehearsal with the Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1977.

Read Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

November 27, 2012 – A computer science study shows that conductors play decisive roles in the performance of orchestras.

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Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series.

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November 21, 2012 – The microcosmic movements that move us to a first-timer tweeting from a live classical concert.

Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public.

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November 16, 2012 – Vänskä pleads for both sides to work together in Minnesota and a monocled (!) tenor signs to DG.

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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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