Deceptive Cadence Deceptive Cadence un-stuffs the world of classical music, which is both fusty and ferociously alive.

Deceptive Cadence

From NPR Classical

Augustin Hadelich's latest album spotlights violin concertos by Johannes Brahms and György Ligeti. Patrick Long/Warner Classics hide caption

toggle caption
Patrick Long/Warner Classics

Opposites Attract: Two Violin Concertos In The Hands Of A Master

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/730695331/735510461" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jordan Weatherston Pitts (center) sings the role of Renata, the drag queen, with the company of New York City Opera's Stonewall. Sarah Shatz/Courtesy of New York City Opera hide caption

toggle caption
Sarah Shatz/Courtesy of New York City Opera

'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/734788572/735005890" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians performing at the state capitol, in Annapolis, June 13, to urge Gov. Larry Hogan to release state funding for the financially strapped orchestra. Cheryl Diaz Meyer/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Cheryl Diaz Meyer/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Marin Alsop directs the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, Md. Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Lucia Lucas, with cast mate Hidenori Inoue, in a dress rehearsal for the Tulsa Opera's 2019 Don Giovanni production. Shane Bevel Photography/Tulsa Opera hide caption

toggle caption
Shane Bevel Photography/Tulsa Opera

'They Know That I'm The Real Deal': Transgender Baritone Makes Opera History

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/727846231/728387139" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The pipe organ of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, one of the most famous in the world, was spared from the cathedral fire on April 15, but major restoration needs to be done on the instrument. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

After The Flames, Notre Dame's Centuries-Old Organ May Never Be The Same Again

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/715271953/715616306" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Caroline Shaw's album, Orange, is devoted to music for string quartet. Kait Moreno/Nonesuch Records hide caption

toggle caption
Kait Moreno/Nonesuch Records

Caroline Shaw's Love Letter To The String Quartet

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/700361912/715266738" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lang Lang's latest solo record Piano Book is out now. Joseph Oerke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Joseph Oerke/Courtesy of the artist

From A Piano Virtuoso, An Album For Beginners

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/708861318/708999688" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Soprano Christine Goerke, as Brünnhilde the Valkyrie warrior, at a dress rehearsal for Wagner's Die Walküre at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Richard Termine/Met Opera hide caption

toggle caption
Richard Termine/Met Opera

The Valkyrie Who Maxed Out Her Credit Cards: Christine Goerke Sings Brünnhilde

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/708007761/708302454" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jeremy Denk's new album c.1300-c.2000 traces seven centuries of classical music. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist

Jeremy Denk's Musical Odyssey Through 7 Centuries Of Music

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/703799425/704039132" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

French composer Hector Berlioz died 150 years ago. He has been a lifelong favorite of the British author David Cairns, who wrote Berlioz's biography and edited and translated his memoirs. Émile Signol/Académie française/Villa Médicis, Rome hide caption

toggle caption
Émile Signol/Académie française/Villa Médicis, Rome

Composer Olivier Messiaen in 1983, at the organ at the Trinité church in Paris where he held the post of organist for over 60 years. Francois Lochon/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Francois Lochon/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Finding God, Love And The Meaning Of Life In Messiaen's 'Turangalîla-Symphonie'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684211259/684748552" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The exterior of Casa Verdi, founded by famed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in the late 1890s. Diego Rinaldi/Courtesy of Casa di riposo per musicisti, Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi hide caption

toggle caption
Diego Rinaldi/Courtesy of Casa di riposo per musicisti, Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi

For Opera Singers, Life After Retirement — At Least At One Very Special Rest Home

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684086663/684145700" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Cleveland Orchestra, with its music director Franz Welser-Möst, at Severance Hall, the orchestra's home since 1931. Roger Mastroianni/Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra hide caption

toggle caption
Roger Mastroianni/Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra At 100: The Heartland Band With The World Class Sound

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/675286744/675820319" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript