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Polish composer Henryk Górecki, in Zakopane, Poland, in 1994 — two years after a recording of his Symphony No. 3 became a surprise hit. Górecki died in 2010. Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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13Hej, z gory, z gory

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    Hej, z gory, z gory
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    Very Best of Gorecki
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    Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir
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    DUX
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    2016

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James Maddalena (right) as Richard Nixon and John Duykers as Mao Tse-tung in the 1987 Houston Grand Opera world premiere of Nixon in China by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman. Jim Caldwell/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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An American Opera Impresario Takes His Final Bow

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Alt.Latino Takes On Classical Composers

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The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra's new album, Mirror, features music by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits. Kaupo Kikkas /ECM Records hide caption

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09Plainland Song

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    Plainland Song
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    Tõnu Kõrvits: Mirror
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    Tõnu Kõrvits
    Label
    ECM New Series
    Released
    2016

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The New York-based orchestra Alarm Will Sound puts a fresh twist on The Beatles' most maligned song. Carl Sander Socolow/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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01Revolution 9

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    Revolution 9
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    Alarm Will Sound presents Modernists
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    Alarm Will Sound
    Label
    Cantaloupe
    Released
    2016

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