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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Blogger Amanda Angel has had just about enough of this winter. She has gathered five works that best describe this brutally cold season.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Anyone traveling with an instrument, especially an expensive one-of-a-kind type model, knows the perils of flight. Here are five devastating accounts of air travel.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
The year 2014 brings about a new crop of honorees. Here are five anniversaries that classical music lovers should mark on their calendars.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
For more than two centuries, composers have been writing children’s playthings into their scores. Here are five pieces that incorporate non-traditional instruments.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Expressing thanks through music requires nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, there have been plenty of composers up to the task.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
On Friday, Benjamin Britten would have turned exactly 100 years old. Here are five ways to celebrate his life and legacy, including special programming on WQXR.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Despite the trend towards youth, these five conductors have shown both longevity and loyalty, becoming synonymous with the major ensembles they’re still leading.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Sometimes the encore overshadows the scheduled performance. Here are five noteworthy encores that eclipsed their programs.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
It’s not pure coincidence that classical composers wind up on soundtracks to horror flicks and slasher movies. Their music can raise the hairs of listeners even without scary special effects.