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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Five Charities Devoted to Music Education

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.

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Top Five Pieces For The 99 Percent

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:

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Top Five Studies on Classical Music and Health

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.

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Top Five Beethoven-Centric Movies

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.

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Jacques Pépin's Top Five Pieces for the Kitchen

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.

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Top Five Beethoven Variations on Someone Else's Theme

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.


Top Five Beethoven Arrangements of Non-German Songs

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.