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Songs We Love: Classical

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Claude Debussy, photographed ca. 1908. He died 100 years ago on March 25, 1918. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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14La plus que lente

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    La plus que lente
    Album
    Claude Debussy: The Complete Works
    Artist
    Claude debussy
    Label
    Warner Classics
    Released
    2018

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Two of Florence Price's Violin Concertos, considered lost for decades, have been newly recorded. G. Nelidoff/Florence Price Papers, University or Arkansas Libraries hide caption

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01Violin Concerto No. 2

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    Song
    Violin Concerto No. 2
    Album
    Florence Price: Violin Concertos
    Artist
    Er-Gene Kahng
    Label
    Albany
    Released
    2018

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Third Coast Percussion's new album, out Feb. 9, is called Paddle to the Sea. Saverio Truglia hide caption

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01Madeira River

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    Madeira River
    Album
    Paddle to the Sea
    Artist
    Third Coast Percussion
    Label
    Cedille
    Released
    2018

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On their new album, Bang on a Can All-Stars wear stethoscopes to perform music by Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry. Lisa Bauso/Cantaloupe Music hide caption

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02The Brief and Neverending Blur

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    Song
    The Brief and Neverending Blur
    Album
    More Field Recordings
    Artist
    Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Label
    Cantaloupe
    Released
    2017

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Members of the Danish String Quartet turn to folk music from their Nordic homeland for their new album, Last Leaf. Caroline Bittencourt/ECM hide caption

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06AE Romeser

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    AE Romeser
    Album
    Last Leaf
    Artist
    Danish String Quartet
    Label
    ECM
    Released
    2017

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Aaron Martin (left) and Dag Rosenqvist record as From the Mouth of the Sun. Laura Steele / Malin Johansson hide caption

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Light Blooms in Hollow Space

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The new album from the Philadelphia-based chamber choir The Crossing features music by John Luther Adams. Courtesy of Cantaloupe Music hide caption

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02The White Wind

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    The White Wind
    Album
    Canticles of the Holy Wind
    Artist
    The Crossing
    Label
    Cantaloupe
    Released
    2017

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On the new album Rímur, Trio Mediaeval teams up with trumpeter Arve Henriksen. Oddleiv Apneseth/Courtesy of ECM hide caption

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04Morgunstjarna

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    Morgunstjarna
    Album
    Rimur
    Artist
    Trio Mediaeval
    Label
    ECM
    Released
    2017

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Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform in Bryce Dessner's Black Mountain Songs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Julieta Cervantes hide caption

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Julieta Cervantes

Childhood's Retreat

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Caroline Shaw's "i will hold you" is performed by the choir called The Crossing, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. The album, Seven Responses, will be released Feb. 24. Andrew Musson hide caption

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Caroline Shaw's Helping 'Hands'

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