Top Five Modern Christmas Works

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tired of standard Christmas fare? Fortunately, there is a discography of lesser known Christmas-themed works to shake up the seasonal soundtrack. Here are our top five.

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Top Five Holiday Sing-Alongs

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

There’s probably no better display of the holiday spirit than singing it at the top of the lungs. A number of upcoming concerts promise the opportunity to break into song as loudly and festively as possible.

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Top Five Pierre Boulez Works

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pierre Boulez will be the subject of an upcoming "Composer Portrait" concert at Miller Theater. Alex Lipowski of the New York-based Talea Ensemble discusses five works that manifest different facets of Boulez’s career.

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Top Five Celebrations of Song

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New York is bursting into song, or it seems that way with the number of song cycles, recitals, series and festivals around. Consider these five song-themed programs over the coming weeks.

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Five Pieces that will Change Your Mind about the Bassoon

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monica Ellis, the bassoonist in the Imani Winds quintet, shares five pieces that take the bassoon beyond its clichéd role as the jovial clown of the orchestra. "We do get to difficult things and it’s not just this big, clumsy, cumbersome instrument."

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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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