Classical Classical music performances and features from NPR news, NPR cultural programs, and NPR Music stations.

Classical

Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra. Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries hide caption

toggle caption
Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Revisiting The Pioneering Composer Florence Price

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/686622572/687255751" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Composer Olivier Messiaen in 1983, at the organ at the Trinité church in Paris where he held the post of organist for over 60 years. Francois Lochon/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Francois Lochon/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Finding God, Love And The Meaning Of Life In Messiaen's 'Turangalîla-Symphonie'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684211259/684748552" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The exterior of Casa Verdi, founded by famed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in the late 1890s. Diego Rinaldi/Courtesy of Casa di riposo per musicisti, Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi hide caption

toggle caption
Diego Rinaldi/Courtesy of Casa di riposo per musicisti, Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi

For Opera Singers, Life After Retirement — At Least At One Very Special Rest Home

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684086663/684145700" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Andrea Bocelli (center) and his son, Matteo, attend the U.K. premiere of Disney's The Nutcracker And The Four Realms on Nov. 1, 2018, in London. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney hide caption

toggle caption
Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

Andrea Bocelli Passes The Art Of Expressive Singing To His Son

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/681735816/681752330" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Rachel Barton Pine's Blues Dialogues album and Music by Black Composers educational project are part of a mission that stretches back more than 20 years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

For One Violinist, Elevating Music By Black Composers Is A 20-Year Mission

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/680740275/681442590" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Cleveland Orchestra, with its music director Franz Welser-Möst, at Severance Hall, the orchestra's home since 1931. Roger Mastroianni/Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra hide caption

toggle caption
Roger Mastroianni/Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra At 100: The Heartland Band With The World Class Sound

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/675286744/675820319" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Professor Patricia Hall and graduate student Joshua DeVries discuss the music manuscript for "The Most Beautiful Time Of Life" at University of Michigan. University of Michigan hide caption

toggle caption
University of Michigan

University Of Michigan Ensemble 'Gives A Voice' To Nazi Prisoners Through Unearthed Music

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/671871706/672675532" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Students of the Westminster Choir College perform with the Vienna Philharmonic at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2015. Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images

Why Is The Chinese Government Trying To Buy A School In New Jersey?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/670844893/671996808" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. Navy CPO Graham Jackson, with tears of grief, plays "Goin' Home," from Dvorak's 'New World' Symphony, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's body is carried from Warm Springs, Ga., where he died. Ed Clark/Life Picture Collection/Getty hide caption

toggle caption
Ed Clark/Life Picture Collection/Getty

How The 'New World' Symphony Introduced American Music To Itself

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/669557133/670533839" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

While your holiday meal might consist of turkey that's deep-fried, braised or roasted, the turkeys who've been featured in music through the years have inspired pop culture crazes. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

'Let's Turkey Trot': Festive Music About Fowl

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/669998711/670228634" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Geoffry Wharton with his mysterious Gagliano violin. Bailey Swan/Courtesy of Geoffry Wharton hide caption

toggle caption
Bailey Swan/Courtesy of Geoffry Wharton

A 'Cosmic Connection' Between 2 Violinists

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/660187923/661313425" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript