Thursday, January 12, 2012
Every so often, anarchy is unleashed across the carefully-preserved countryside of classical music. Here are five highlights.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
When dining out the violinist Joshua Bell enjoys burgers, sushi and the occasional steak. Find out more in this video of his top five dining experiences in New York.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Adios, Liszt and Mahler. With the New Year comes a new group of top composers (and one piece) that will be marking major milestones this year:
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Throughout 2011 we’ve seen the inauguration of new festivals, the resuscitation of old ensembles and the collapse of much beloved institutions.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Here are our five favorite invocations of the famous "Hallelujah" chorus from film, television and YouTube, from hot dog commercials to flash mob renditions.
Monday, December 19, 2011
"In The Bleak Midwinter" is the world’s greatest Christmas carol, according to WQXR.org's poll of leading choirmasters and choral experts from the US and the UK.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
From Disney’s Fantasia to phone commercials, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite pops up frequently. Here are our top five alternative Nutcrackers.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Feuds exist in sport, politics and art: both on the stage and behind the curtain. We’ve collected our five favorite fights from the classical music world.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
For a number of underprivileged children in New York the opportunity to learn an instrument or about Bach is limited. Likewise, aspiring musicians are struggling to pursue their careers in this shaky economy. Now that we’re in the gift-giving season, here are five charities that are devoted to instilling the love of music in children, and supporting future artists.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
While expensive concert tickets and galas might suit the upper crust, many composers would have sympathized with the protestors’ ideals. Here are our top five works for the Occupy Wall Streeters:
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Classical music has been shown to lower stress, make people smarter and provide a homeopathic sleep aid. What other benefits are lurking out there? Here are our top five side effects.
Friday, November 04, 2011
The details of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life seem scripted for a movie and filmmakers have noticed. We’ve compiled our top five films featuring Beethoven.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Jacques Pépin is a food icon, cookbook author, and one of the people who helped invent the very concept of "TV chef." He shares his top five music and food pairings.
Friday, October 28, 2011
In Beethoven's day, variations on a popular tune -- especially one from a favorite opera or oratorio -- sold well to the burgeoning home music-making market.
Friday, October 28, 2011
When a Scottish publisher approached Beethoven about creating some genteel arrangements of folk songs -- from Scotland to Italy -- he accepted. The results are utterly charming.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Why blend into a crowd full of ghouls and goblins this Halloween when you can dress as a glamorous musician? Here are five options. And as a bonus: the top five costumes in opera.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Playing in venues from Avery Fisher Hall to Brighton Beach, here are our top five live-scored movies and where you can find them.
Monday, October 17, 2011
As the leaves turn yellow and the air grows crisp, some music just suits the season. Here are five new recordings that capture the feeling of autumn to us.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Even in tight economic times, some orchestras are finding a way to commission and premiere new music. Here are the top five.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Maestros, masterpieces, a minimalist and a modern instrument aren’t just highlights of the new classical music season — they’re subjects of a crop of new books about classical music.