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Behind The Music Of 'Youth'

David Lang was tasked with writing music for Michael Caine's character, an elderly composer who gets abruptly called out of retirement.

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Philippe Jaroussky's new album is Farinelli: Porpora Arias. Marc Ribes /Erato/Warner Classics hide caption

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Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s. Luke Ratray/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

Now considered one of Verdi's masterpieces, the opera flopped on its first run and carries the stigma of cursing those who perform it to terrible fates.

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

Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, a work that raises more questions than it answers.

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Clouds, Concertos And A Trip To Fiji: New Classical Albums

NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.

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Addressing 'Unfinished Business': Steve Reich On Sept. 11

Hear the first of a week-long series of composers' musical responses to Sept. 11.

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Superman Symphony's Surprise Grammy Nominations

Michael Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony, based on the story of Superman, received an impressive five Grammy nominations this year.

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