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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Top Five Competition Controversies

Friday, May 04, 2012

Whether generated by the appeal of reality television or the means of promoting talented musicians, competitions seem to be more popular than ever these days. While we’ll let the experts debate the worth of these contests, they certainly have made the careers of some musicians and also created scandals, of which we’ve collected the five most notorious:

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Top Five Most Underrated Instruments

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This week, The Economist’s More Intelligent Life Web site began polling readers on “Which Instrument Is the Best?” We've come up with a list of our own, for the symphony orchestra.

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Top Five Musically-Inspired Paintings Displayed in New York

Thursday, April 19, 2012

We’ve picked our top five musically inspired works of art hanging in New York museums, including art by Chagall, Picasso and Kandinsky.

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Top Five Pieces About the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Over the last century, the Titanic tragedy has spawned several books, movies, musicals and plenty of music. Here are five notable pieces.

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Top Five Easter Week Performances

Monday, April 02, 2012

Whether it’s in spite of—or due to—the solemnity of the holiday, Easter and its lead up has inspired some of the greatest art in the Western canon. Here are five standouts.

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Top Five Digital Archive Projects in Classical Music

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A few organizations have been at the forefront in establishing enviable collections of freely-available manuscripts on the Web. Here are five standouts.

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Top Five Uses of Opera as a Plot Device in Cinema

Friday, March 23, 2012

The "Godfather" franchise, which turned 40 last week, will be forever connected to Pietro Mascagni’s Cavelleria rusticana. But Hollywood has long included live opera performances as plot devices.

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Top Five Beers for Classical Music Listeners

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This St. Patrick's Day, as you raise a glass, make it a melodious one with our top five brews that have or had ties to opera and classical music.

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Top Five Composers as Deep Philosophers

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

There's little doubt about music’s power to convey feeling. Some composers go farther and try to express metaphysical and epistemological, not to mention esthetic ideals within their works.

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Trumpeter Alison Balsom's Top Five Hotels Around the World

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We caught up with Alison Balsom on her American tour to find out where she likes to stay when she's on the road. Here are her five favorite hotels.


Top Five 'Linspiring' Stories in Classical Music

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jeremy Lin’s rise in sports is relatively unprecedented but musicians have periodically stepped in to replace an ailing star, and immediately started building their own legends.

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Top Five Best Score Oscar Snubs

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It wouldn't be an Academy Awards season with out a snub -- perceived or real. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross can join the company of Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone and Duke Ellington.

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Top Five Romantic Clichés in Classical Music

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

While music might be the food of love, here are five pieces that may just make our hearts sick because they’ve become clichés.

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Top Five Classical Grammy Winners of All Time

Friday, February 10, 2012

Which classical artist won more statuettes than Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand and the Beatles combined? Check out our list to find out more.

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Eric Owens's Top Five Operatic Entrances

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

We all know what they say about making a first impression. Eric Owens shares his list of the top five character entrances in opera and the music that accompanies them.

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Top Five Links Between Classical Music and Football

Monday, January 30, 2012

Though sports and arts fall in separate sections of the newspaper, the pair come into contact frequently. Our favorite things the concert hall has adopted from the gridiron follow.

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Huang Ruo Sings His Top Five Chinese Folk Songs

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Huang Ruo, a Chinese-born New York-based composer, edited the anthology Selection of Classic Chinese Folk Songs. He shares his five favorites in this video.

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