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Where Can Classical CD Buyers Shop?

J&R has apparently gone the way of Tower Records, HMV, Virgin Megastore, Sam Goody and other brick-and-mortar shops in New York. As Record Store Day returns, here's where classical shoppers can turn.

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Is Handel's Messiah Anti-Semitic?

A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.

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The Operatic Paolo Veronese

Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.



Albums of the Week

New Releases: Seasonal Bach and Rare Russian Miniatures

This week's featured albums celebrate the Easter and Passover season. Two Bach releases are on tap (the St. Matthew Passion and the Easter Oratorio).

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Inspired Operas

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was best known as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. But the prolific Colombian writer also had ties to opera.

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