The year 2014 saw plenty of highs and lows in classical music, as we hear from music critics Anne Midgette, David Patrick Stearns and Zachary Woolfe.
In 2014, blogger Fred Plotkin heard 76 opera performances by 28 companies. "I am happy to report that there is a lot of wonderful, innovative work being done everywhere," he reports.
Classical music's fascination with Cuba has been sporadic but easy to spot. As a diplomatic thaw begins, here are a dozen pieces to consider.
"Serial," a series about a little-known murder case from 1999, has been called podcasting's first breakout hit. Opera composers have also been drawn to episodic series.
This week, we're highlighting the cheerful and bleak sides of winter, in new recordings featuring Matthias Georne and the London Brass.
- Stolen Viola Found Smashed in Vacant Lot
- Playlist: From Copland to Golijov, Cuba's Influence on Classical Music
- New York City Ballet Names Andrew Litton Music Director
- Nuns Vied With Bach For Top-Selling Albums of 2014
- Enough of Handel's Messiah? Try One by Monty Python's Eric Idle