Top Five End-of-the-Year Classical Music Lists

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Santa isn’t the only one checking his list this time of year. Critics around the country and world are filing their reports on who is deserving of praise and who is despicable.

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Top Five Classical Music Apps for the iPad

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, we’ve collected our favorite iPad apps of the year for current and future classical music lovers.

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Top Five Quirky Classical Compilations

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

We’ve combed through the compilations, and found five of the more original albums conceits available, from the naughty to those for your pets.

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Top Five Videos Featuring Elliott Carter

Thursday, November 08, 2012

To commemorate Carter’s complex musical output, his cutting wit and his generosity toward fellow musicians, we’ve collected our favorite five videos featuring the composer and his work.

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Top Five Uses of Sex to Sell Classical Music

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An advertising campaign for the English National Opera’s production of Don Giovanni showing an opened condom wrapper has caused stir in London. Are the posters obscene, or just provocative?

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Top Five Famous Classical Music Fans

Thursday, October 11, 2012

As tennis player Novak Djokovic faces off against Andy Murray for the Wimbledon trophy today, find out more about his interest in classical music.

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The Top Five Performances We'd Want to See at the Barclays Center

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

With New York’s newest venue opening its doors this past week, raves and critiques about the Barclays Center are streaming in. What would you want to see there?

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Top Five Audacious Season Openers

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Uncertainty surrounds many American orchestras as the new season gets underway. But all is not dire. Here are five opening-night concerts that excite us for the months ahead.

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Glenn Gould's Five Most-Watched YouTube Videos

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Glenn Gould, with his longstanding relationship with the Canadian Broadcasting Company and interest in recording technology, is well-represented on YouTube today.

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Top Five Modern Frauds in Classical Music

Thursday, September 20, 2012

As a multi-million dollar scandal unfolds this fall, we rounded up the five most infamous crimes committed in the 21st century from around the classical world.

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Top Five Most Controversial Robert Wilson Opera Productions

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Not all of the visionary director's productions have been well received. Here are five that created drama both on stage and off.

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Top Five Flying Machines in Classical Music

Friday, August 31, 2012

From astronaut flutists to a string quartet played on helicopters, here are five far-out examples of airplanes and aerospace technologies in classical music.

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Top Five Toughest Music Critics

Friday, August 24, 2012

A recent New York Times essay advocated for tough and incisive arts criticism. None of the nominees spent much time parsing new music but we've selected five who could write in a barbed style.

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Five 'Classical' Pieces That Blew Dan Deacon's Mind

Friday, August 17, 2012

Perhaps best known for his "dance music," the classically-trained composer Dan Deacon has written extensively for chamber ensembles, films and orchestra. Here's Dan's Top 5 countdown of favorite classical pieces for Q2 Music.

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Top Five Music Selections For Your Workday

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A recent study shows that people that listen to music at work are more productive. Here are our suggestions to help you get through the day.

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Top Five Utterly Fearless Classical Performers

Thursday, August 09, 2012

These five current performers stand out for taking risks on stage with energy and daring.

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The World's Top Five Cities for Classical Music

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As nations vie for athletic superiority at the London Olympics, the Greater London Authority has created an international measuring stick to assess a location’s cultural merit. See where New York ranks.

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Top Five Musical Controversies of Olympic Proportions

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lip-synching, questionable arrangements and bruised national egos have marred the musical portion of the Olympics over the decades. Here are five musical controversies.

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Top Five Unplayable Works (That Were Eventually Played)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

We’ve collected five pieces initially though unplayable, but eventually were performed. Luckily, we listeners are the beneficiaries.

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Top Five Works about New York City by its Composers

Thursday, July 12, 2012

From Leonard Bernstein's navy musical to Reich's evocation of downtown bustle, here are five great works New York composers have written about the Big Apple.

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