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An Alpine Symphony, by Richard Strauss, depicts a dawn to dusk climb up a mountain. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Richard Strauss' Musical Mountain Climb

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Conductor Andris Nelsons led the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Thursday in Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky at Carnegie Hall in New York. AJ Wilhelm for NPR hide caption

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Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient Armenian sacred music with jazz piano. Vahan Stepanyan/ECM hide caption

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05Your Mercy is Boundless (Bazum en Qo gtutyunqd)

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    Your Mercy is Boundless (Bazum en Qo gtutyunqd)
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    Luys i Luso
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    Tigran Hamasyan / Yerevan State Chamber Choir
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    ECM
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    2015

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk was America's first musical superstar. Library of Congress hide caption

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01Le Banjo

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    Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics - Solo Piano Music
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    Steven Mayer
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    Naxos
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    2015

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Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ gives a Gershwin classic an expressive, evocative twist with the đàn bâù, a traditional Vietnamese instrument. Nguyen Nhat Hoang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01Summertime

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William Schimmel distills Mahler's lengthy Ninth Symphony down to under seven minutes. Illustration by Joan Chiverton hide caption

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11Mahler 9

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    Mahler 9
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    Theater of the Accordion
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    William Schimmel/Wynton Marsalis
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    Roven Records
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    2015

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