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Lloyd Schwartz

Classical Music Critic, Fresh Air

Lloyd Schwartz is the classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

In addition to his role on Fresh Air, Schwartz is the Senior Editor of Classical Music for the web-journal New York Arts and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR's the ARTery. He is the author of four volumes of poems: These People; Goodnight, Gracie; Cairo Traffic; and Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press, 2017). A selection of his Fresh Air reviews appears in the volume Music In—and On—the Air. He is the co-editor of the Library of the America's Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters and the editor of the centennial edition of Elizabeth Bishop's Prose, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2011.

In 1994, Schwartz was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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Monday

What's a 'Soundie'? A new collection revisits this little known 1940s phenomenon

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Thursday

Chick Corea renders Mozart with daring and playfulness on a posthumous new album

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Wednesday

'Fresh Air' marks the 100th birthday of legendary opera soprano Maria Callas

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Friday

'Verdi Choruses' showcases the impressive variety of a master's choral music

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Wednesday

A new CD set captures the 'Greatest Moments' of opera star Renée Fleming

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Tuesday

Collection features almost all the music Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes danced to

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Monday

New release is a reminder of Judy Garland's artistry and vocal prowess

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Tuesday

New releases help cement the legacy of Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti

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Tuesday

'Original Cast Album: Company' provides a glimpse of Sondheim's perfectionism

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Tuesday

Composer Bernard Herrmann Showcases His Range On 'PostClassical Ensemble'

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Friday

'Voice Of Freedom' Shows How Marian Anderson Confronted Racism Though Song

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Wednesday

CD Set Of Leontyne Price's Live Performances At The Met Opera Is A Treasure

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Monday

Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On A 4-Disc Set

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Thursday

New Takes On Bach And Handel Delight The Ears During The Pandemic

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Wednesday

From Anorexia To Political Intrigue, New Operas Tackle Contemporary Topics

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Monday

Documentary Reveals The Depth And Complexity Of Opera Star Maria Callas

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Friday

'Damn Yankees' DVD Revival Showcases Fosse And Verdon's 1st Collaboration

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Monday

New Recording Of Busoni's 'Piano Concerto' Is An Extraordinary Experience

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Friday

'My Mother Is Mad At The Sun': A Poet Reflects On His Mom's Alzheimer's Disease

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Monday

Pianist David Deveau Offers An Intimate Take On Works By Mozart And Beethoven

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Monday

New Recording Of 'Doctor Atomic' May Be The Opera's Definitive Performance

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Wednesday

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Offers A Seductive Take On A Stravinsky Classic

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Monday

An Intimate Pontormo Show Outshines The Met's Big Delacroix Retrospective

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Wednesday

Yo-Yo Ma Presents Bach As A Wise And Spellbinding Storyteller In 'Six Evolutions'

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