Much fuss has been made over how much Mozart hated having to write mostly church music during his teenage years as an organist in Salzburg. And much of the music is ordinary. But these selections helped earn him a memorial at Mozartplatz.
Performance Today's annual tradition of holiday concerts features a range of beautiful holiday music from a variety of sources: the Baltimore Consort from NPR's Studio 4A; the Empire Brass from Florida; Canticle from Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Chanticleer from Petaluma, Calif.
Legendary pianists mix with promising newcomers at the Jazz Piano Christmas, recorded live at the Kennedy Center. The 16th edition of the annual concert features Hilton Ruiz, Marcia Ball and others playing jazzy renditions of holiday classics.
Once one of pop music's most distinctive and controversial stars, Sinead O'Connor returns for a night of Jamaican roots music with reggae legends Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, recorded live at Washington, D.C.s 9:30 Club.
Ever wonder how the singer known as Engelbert Humperdinck came by that odd name? Performance Today has the tale, as well as music by the name's original owner: composer Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in concert in Reykjavik.
Renowned Mozart scholar Neal Zaslaw explores the composer's early years. And we hear performances of three Mozart symphonies: Symphony No. 11, Symphony No. 35 and the closing movement from the Symphony, K. 96.
For the closing concert of the 2005 Prague Autumn Festival, Cellist Heinrich Schiff plays the solo in Dvorak's "American" Cello Concerto. The performance takes place in Prague's Dvorak Hall, with the Czech Philharmonic.
Hear the Seattle art rock group Death Cab for Cutie, recorded live in concert from Washington, DC. NPR.org originally webcast the band's full performance from the 9:30 Club live online. It's the latest in NPR Music's concert series from All Songs Considered.
Death Cab for Cutie in Concert on All Songs Considered