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Jan Vogler plays a 1707 Stradivari cello made during Bach's lifetime. He compares it to learning to swim in an Olympic pool: "the pressure on me is more to have imagination to match the instrument." Zayrha Rodriguez/NPR hide caption

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Amanda Gorman's poetry and Bach's music offer joint message of hope

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George Gershwin, photographed in his 72nd Street apartment in New York in 1934. His Rhapsody in Blue premiered 100 years ago on Feb. 12, 1924. PhotoQuest / Contributor/Getty Images hide caption

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'Rhapsody in Blue': After a century, Gershwin's musical melting pot still resonates

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Seiji Ozawa led the Boston Symphony orchestra for nearly 30 years. Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Seiji Ozawa, longtime conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has died at 88

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View of an embroidered sheet of music from the piece Organ2/ASLSP by John Cage. Artist Sabine Groschup expands the embroidery with each change of sound. After two years, the sound of the slowest piece of music in the world, has changed for the 16th time. This means that the six-sound piece that has been played in the Burchardi Church since February 2022 has become a seven-sound piece. Matthias Bein/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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A 639-year-long John Cage organ performance strikes a new chord in Germany

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A piece titled 'As Slow as Possible' has been in performance for 21 years — so far

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Anastasia Kobekina's debut album with Sony Classical revolves around the city of Venice and the impressions it leaves. Johanna Berghorn/Sony Music Entertainment hide caption

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Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina shares postcard of Venice through the ages

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The Takács Quartet — left to right: Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes, Richard O'Neill and András Fejér — collaborated with composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama (center) to premiere her composition Flow. Cal Performances hide caption

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What did the beginning of time sound like? A new string quartet offers an impression

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Faye Webster and Lil Yachty, both of Atlanta and friends since middle school, collaborate on the new song "Lego Ring," from Webster's upcoming album Underdressed at the Symphony. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The songs we can't stop playing this week

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In 2023, pianist Awadagin Pratt released a terrific comeback album, his first in 12 years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The 10 Best Classical Albums of 2023

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Bradley Cooper plays composer Leonard Bernstein in Maestro. Jason McDonald/Netflix hide caption

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To become the 'Maestro,' Bradley Cooper learned to live the music

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The 1808 Érard piano that Napoleon gifted to his second wife, Marie-Louise, is on long-term loan from the Museum of Music History to the Cobbe Collection of historic instruments outside London. Museum of Music History hide caption

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Napoleon's piano lends authenticity to Ridley Scott's biopic

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Maria Callas as Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbieri di Siviglia, at Milan's La Scala theater in 1956. Erio Piccagliani/Teatro alla Scala hide caption

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Maria Callas: The soprano of the century

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Finding a place at the Met, this opera sings in a language of its own

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Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein and and Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre in Maestro. Jason McDonald/Netflix hide caption

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'Maestro' chronicles the brilliant Bernstein — and his disorderly conduct

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A violist memorializes lost voices at Terezin concentration camp

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The new album of music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is a warm blanket of comfort in troubled times. Luciano Rossetti/ECM Records hide caption

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A disciplined plea for peace – and quiet – from composer Arvo Pärt

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The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to China for anniversary of historic 1973 trip

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