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Top Five Most Triumphal Classical Works – Ever

Thursday, July 10, 2014

As Germany and Argentina prepare for the championship match, we’ve collected five works that would adequately celebrate the new victors.

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Top Five Classical Takes on Patriotic Songs

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Composers from Stravinsky to Puccini and Ives have reinterpreted American patriotic anthems. In honor of Independence Day, here are five of our favorite classical takes on classic American songs.

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Five Essential Rap and Classical Music Combos

Friday, June 20, 2014

If Sir Mix-A-Lot's recent appearance with the Seattle Symphony seemed like the ultimate in odd crossover pairings, think again. Here are five essential hip-hop/classical music mashups.

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Five Brazilian Music Figures Missing from the World Cup Opening Ceremony

Thursday, June 05, 2014

On June 12, the 2014 World Cup will kick off with an opening ceremony featuring several global pop acts. But no Brazilian classical music has been announced. Here are five suggestions.

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Top Five Incubators of New Music

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the New York Philharmonic launches its first biennial, in what promises to be an important showcase for new music every two years, here are five established festivals it joins as new music incubators.

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Top Five Most Scenic Music Festivals in North America

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This summer, millions of travelers will head to North America's most spectacular destinations, and more than a few will be bringing their instruments. Here are five scenic standouts.

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Top 5 Influential Moms in Classical Music

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

In honor of Mother's Day, we're recognizing five moms who through their unflagging support and devotion shaped the future of classical music.

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Five Symphonic Storytellers You Need To Be Listening To

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer Chair David Lang is overseeing a concert series called Collected Stories. Here are five other composers who made music a storytelling medium.

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Top 5 Sex-Obsessed Movies Scored to Classical Music

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From "Nymphomaniac" to "Eyes Wide Shut," filmmakers have often mined the classical canon for music to match their erotic subject matter.  Here are our five best examples.

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The 5 Most Incredibly Dramatic Final Works By Composers

Thursday, April 10, 2014

These five works all show their composers at the height of their powers, even though they all would pass on shortly thereafter.

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Top 5 Cheekiest Classical Album Titles

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Most classical album covers consist of three things: The artist, the work and the composer. So when something comes out that breaks away from the norm, it creates attention.

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Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

For some concertgoers, the concert hall a last bastion of decorum, but for others it’s an anachronism needing to loosen up. Here are five hotly debated subjects of concert etiquette.

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Top 5 Strange Possessions of Famous Composers

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The fascination with the interiors of well-known artists' homes is nothing new, and possessions of long-deceased composers still captivate thousands of tourists who visit their former homes each year.

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Five Pivotal Ukrainian Classical Music Figures

Monday, March 10, 2014

With the conflict in the Ukraine dominating the headlines in recent weeks, the world’s eyes have turned to the turmoil along the Black Sea. Here are five noteworthy artists from the country.

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Top 5 Wintriest Works

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Remember the Polar Vortex? Of course you do. Here are five works that best describe the wintery season, which appears to be on the comeback this week.

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Angela Meade's Top 5 Bel Canto Operas

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Soprano Angela Meade has been noted for the ease with which she conquers coloratura vocal flourishes and trills. In this video, she reveals her five favorite bel canto arias.

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Top 5 Figure Skating Routines Featuring Classical Music

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

With the 2014 Winter Games starting this week, and figure skating inevitably at the center of the action, we’re celebrating our five best uses of classical music in Olympic skating performances.

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Top Five Athletic Composers

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It’s not just the Seattle Seahawks or the skiers at the Sochi Olympics who like to win. Many classical composers were athletes, too. Here are our top five athletic composers.

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Five Famous Orchestra Tours in the Name of Diplomacy

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Pittsburgh Symphony is considering a return trip to Iran. If accomplished, it would be just the latest of goodwill tours that orchestras have taken to hostile nations, acting as cultural ambassadors.

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An Eyeful of Sound: Top Five Multisensory Performances

Friday, January 17, 2014

Throughout human history, cultural thinkers have tried to find connections between the five senses. Now, some musicians are trying to intermingle sound, colors and scents.

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