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

Opera singer Maria Ewing photographed on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1994 while she was singing the title role in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, by Dmitri Shostakovich. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Tommasini, chief classical music critic for The New York Times. Tony Cenicola/Tony Cenicola/The New York Times hide caption

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Anthony Tommasini, classical critic for the Times, looks back ahead of retirement

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Will Liverman, an up-and-coming baritone, feared the COVID-era shutdown of live music would end his career. Instead, he's one of a number of opera singers for whom pandemic stress transformed into creative freedom. Jaclyn Simpson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The composer Julius Eastman died in 1990, but his music is experiencing a renaissance. The Los Angeles-based group Wild Up's jubilant recording of his 1974 work Femenine is one of the most remarkable classical albums of the year. Ron Hammond hide caption

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Erin Morley (Eurydice), Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus) and Jakub Józef Orliński (Orpheus's Double) in Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice, at the Metropolitan Opera. Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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In 'Eurydice,' Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl recast opera's foundational myth

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A new album marks the 90th birthday of Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Peter Hundert /Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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The fearless musical philosophy of Sofia Gubaidulina

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Four centuries of Black American history are told in new Kronos Quartet performance

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Opera singers (left to right) Elīna Garanča, Helen Donath and Tamar Iveri perform in Mozart's opera Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Opera Festival. Andreas Schaad/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Composer Huang Ruo gives voice to the dark history of Angel Island

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The conductor Bernard Haitink leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an undated photo. Haitink died Thursday at age 92. Todd Rosenberg/Courtesy of Askonas Holt hide caption

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Lara Downes, whose series Rising Sun Music re-centers compositions from historically marginalized composers. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pianist Lara Downes re-centers the music of the Great Migration

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Gil Rose and Boston Modern Orchestra Project recording in Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Mass. Chuck Furlong/Boston Modern Orchestra Project hide caption

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project is honored for championing overlooked American music

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The percussion ensemble Recap has released its striking debut album, Count to Five. Jacob Blickenstaff hide caption

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A young, all-women ensemble upends the percussion paradigm

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