Top Five Fanfares

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hot Air, our month-long celebration of woodwind and brass sections on WQXR, might as well be called a fanfare for these instruments. Here are five notable fanfares, from Mouret to Verdi and Adams.

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Top Five Serenades to Food

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Composers have been honoring food well before Telemann wrote his Tafelmusik, or table music. Here are five works certain to whet the palate. Plus: get a head start on Thanksgiving with Naomi Lewin's Praline Pumpkin Pie recipe.

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Top Five Devilish Treats

Monday, October 25, 2010

Satan, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, or whatever you may call him gets credit for his share of spooky music. With Halloween around the corner, here are the top five devilish treats.

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Top Five Joan Sutherland Roles

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Though she succeeded in roles as diverse as Turandot and Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, there are certain roles that are synonymous with the late Joan Sutherland. Here are her top five operatic roles.

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Top Five Baseball Anthems

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The national pastime has inspired poetry, novels, films, plays and, of course, its share of music. With the MLB playoffs underway, get in the spirit with these five classical pieces about baseball.

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Top Five Russian-Themed Concerts

Thursday, October 07, 2010

For whatever fluke of scheduling, a number of Russian operas, symphonies and chamber works are popping up all over the city this month. Consider these five Russian-themed concerts.

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Top Five Opera World Premieres

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Yes, the opera world can't seem to get enough of Wagner this year. But there are also new works adding a fresh voice to the repertoire. Consider these five world premieres taking place this season.

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Top Five Ways to Open a Season

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

For symphony orchestras, the opening concert often makes a statement on the season that's to follow. Here are five archetypes for symphonic season openers - from bold-face names to bombast.

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Top Five New Pre-Concert Restaurants

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pre-concert dining can be a harried and sometimes uneven affair, but several new restaurants around Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall are providing fresh options for a variety of tastes and budgets.

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Top Five Famous (and Infamous) Violins

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù built creations that can eclipse their fiddlers in sheer stardom. Men will scheme, steal and pay large fortunes to behold these violins’ aural fruits.

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Top Five Fall Reads

Thursday, September 09, 2010

A composer who wrote memorable music for the mob, a pianist who had paranormal visions and a famous comeback -- those stories will be told in books coming out this fall. Check out five Fall reads for the classical music fan.

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Top 5 Themed Subscriptions for the 2010-11 Season

Friday, September 03, 2010

At this time of year, box offices at most concert halls, opera houses and recital venues in town are opening their registers to sell subscriptions. Here are the Top 5 @ 105 themed series and subscriptions of the 2010-11 season.

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Top 5 Odes to the Working Man (and Woman)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Throughout history, composers have recognized and celebrated the efforts of working men and women. Here are our top five, in honor of Labor Day.

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Jeremy Denk’s Top 5 Piano Works

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

American pianist Jeremy Denk is known for his audacious programs and his thoughtful observances on music. Before hitting the stage for performances this week in New York, he spoke with WQXR and shared his list of his favorite piano works that he's playing right now.

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Top 5 @ 105 End of Summer Operas

Friday, August 13, 2010

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings -- even though the proverbial “fat lady” seems to have dropped several dress sizes. As we move from the dog days of August to the beginning of fall these operas will help usher in the autumn.

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Top 5 Classical Events of 1964-65

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

With the return of AMC's hit television show, Mad Men, references to the 1960's seem to be everywhere. Here are the Top 5 @ 105 classical music events that would have been taking place around Don Draper starting in the fall of 1964.

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Top Five Musical Recyclers

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gabriel Prokofiev’s new release is a series of pieces written for discarded items, including oil cans, plastic bags and Fanta bottles. He joins a continuum of composers who have taken musical detritus and folded it into their own work.

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Top 5 Musical Works that Set Paris Aflame

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Allons enfants de la Patria, liberté, egalité and fraternité are noble causes, but they’re not the only qualities that can stir Parisians to a riot. In honor of Bastille Day, here are WQXR's top 5 musical pieces that incited Paris.

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The Summer's Top 5 Hidden Lincoln Center Gems

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Each summer, Lincoln Center brings bold-faced names to its campus along with upcoming artists, new ensembles and honor under-recognized artists. Here's a guide to some of the surprises coming up this year.

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Top Five Pieces That Create Their Own Fireworks

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

John Philip Sousa marches, John Williams movie scores and maybe a Gershwin tune or two will surely appear on more than a few fireworks soundtracks this Independence Day. But here is a Top 5 @ 105 list of works that create their own fireworks.

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