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.


Top Five Unplayable Works (That Were Eventually Played)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

We’ve collected five pieces initially thought 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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Top Five Heads for Classical Music

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Austrian authorities recently announced they are investigating who stole Brahms’s and J. Strauss’s teeth from their grave sites. Here are five more notorious cases of exhumed skulls.


Top Five Computers to Outsmart Composers

Friday, June 29, 2012

Computers have shown a prowess for chess and soccer, but composing music? The makers of DarwinTunes have designed a program to create "aesthetically pleasing chords and rhythms.” Here are five others.


Top Five Most Astounding Musical Instrument Thefts

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Recently, a New York flutist had a scare when her instruments went temporarily missing. It inspires this list of the most notorious musical instrument thefts ever.

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Top Five Chips off the Block in Classical Music

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In honor of Father's Day we've gathered five musical dads and their supremely talented kids who are currently making pops proud across international stages.

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Rocker Patti Smith's Top Five Operas

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Since the release of her debut album "Horses" in 1975, Patti Smith has created music rooted in noisy, primitive, three-chord rock & roll. Smith is also an opera lover.

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Top Five Infamous Bans on Classical Music

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Whether because of music’s intrinsic power or a distaste for its composers, the art form seems to be scrutinized more than others, as these five examples illustrate.

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Top Five Faked Classical Performances

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The tenor Jonas Kaufmann recently admitted that he lip synched his performance of the Champions League soccer match. But he's not the first to fake a performance. Here are our top five.

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Top Five Classical Music Fests for Foodies

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Along with independent movie theaters and sports stadiums, music festivals are no longer a culinary wasteland littered with funnel cakes and soft pretzels.

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The Ebène Quartet's Top Five String Quartets

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Members of the Ebène Quartet, an ensemble from Paris with credits in standard classical repertoire but also jazz and pop, name their five favorite string quartets.


Top Five Classical Commencement Speakers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now is the time of caps and gowns, Pomp and Circumstance and more than a few speeches offering worldly advice to this year’s crop of college graduates.

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Top Five Classical Pieces For and About Moms

Thursday, May 10, 2012

As we celebrate Mother's Day, we take a look at some of the composers who commemorated these life-giving women in music with our top pieces for and about mom.

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'Barihunk' Nathan Gunn's Top Shirtless Roles

Monday, May 07, 2012

Baritone Nathan Gunn has received almost as much fame for his strapping build — and unbuttoned shirts — as for his vocal and dramatic prowess. He names five roles in which he had to shed some clothing.

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