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Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has finally recorded the notorious "Rach 3," Sergei Rachmaninov's extremely tricky Piano Concerto No. 3. Wojciech Grzedzinski hide caption

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Garrick Ohlsson: In Pursuit Of A Warhorse

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Circa 1300, King Wenceslas II of Bohemia. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Wenceslas: A Goodhearted King And His Popular Carol

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Earthy Elizabethan Elegance From William Byrd

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French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully's Grand Motets are featured in a new box set. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Learning To Love Lully: 'The Grand Motets'

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel makes magic in Tchaikovsky's symphonic takes on Shakespeare plays. Luis Cobelo/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Tchaikovsky, Meet The Bard: Gustavo Dudamel's New CD

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Shai Wosner has achieved success on the concert stage, and now he is releasing a recording. Onyx Classics hide caption

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Shai Wosner's Rich, Transparent Piano Sound

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Some songs are played every year, but others languish unsung. iStock hide caption

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Regifting Some Gems From Holidays Long Past

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Bach In Translation: From Jazz Vocals To Electronic Blips

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James Whitbourn's Luminosity expands the experience of classical music beyond the edges of the traditional map of classical style. Hewholooks/Wikimedia hide caption

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James Whitbourn's Celestial Sounds

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The Dante Quartet finds just the right balance of calmness and excitement in their recording of the Debussy and Ravel string quartets. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dante Quartet: Stirring Up Impressionist Energy

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Hear Tom Manoff's Review Of 'Diminuito'

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Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin: Haydn Made Easy

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Rachmaninov Reawakened In Preludes

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Arvo Part's Timeless Twist On Tradition

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