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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Lang Lang's Top Five Pieces by Liszt

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lang Lang's flamboyant performing style has earned him frequent comparisons to Franz Liszt, so it's telling that he has staked out that composer's work as a specialty. He explains why in this video.

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Top Five Musical Appearances of Dragons

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese lore claims that the Year of the Dragon will be an auspicious one, full of particularly favorable happenings. We’ve gathered our favorite musical appearances of the mythological beast.

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Top Five High-Powered Youth Orchestras

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Youth orchestras are by no means a new invention and -- despite a challenging job market for musicians -- are responsible for ushering several great musicians into world-class careers. Here are five of the best:

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Top Five Myths Surrounding Classical Music

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Classical music is steeped in mythology -- from the Mozart Effect to the Curse of the Ninth Symphony. Here are five myths that continue to intrigue audiences.

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Top Five Crazy Riots in Classical Music

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Every so often, anarchy is unleashed across the carefully-preserved countryside of classical music. Here are five highlights.

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Joshua Bell's Top Five NYC Restaurants

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.

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Top Five Special Anniversaries of 2012

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:

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Top Five Music News Stories of 2011

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.

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Top Five Pop Culture Versions of Handel's Messiah

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.

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The Five Greatest Carols Ever

Monday, December 19, 2011

"In The Bleak Midwinter" is the world’s greatest Christmas carol, according to's poll of leading choirmasters and choral experts from the US and the UK.

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Top Five Alternative Nutcrackers

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.

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Top Five Classical Rivalries

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.

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