Top Five New Nonfiction Books About Classical Music

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.

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Top Five Classical Record Holders

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

From fastest fingers to best-selling albums to the longest careers, we’ve compiled our five favorite classical record holders.

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Top Five Odes to Fall

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Foliage turning colors, the shortening of days and harvest celebrations full of good food and drink: In honor of Friday’s autumnal equinox, we’ve compiled our top five odes to the fall.


The Jacobsens' Top Five Most Irritating (Nonmusical) Sounds

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nails on a blackboard, car alarms or snoring -- everyone has their particular aural pet peeves. We recently asked Eric and Colin Jacobsen, brothers and co-artistic directors of The Knights chamber orchestra to share their top annoyances.


Five Restaurants for a Pre-Concert Dinner

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lincoln Center is where it is, and although the West 60s are a notoriously limited and often tricky place to grab a timely drink or a bite to eat before a performance, never fear. Here are options for any budget, timeline or craving.


The Jacobsens' Top Five Nonmusical Sounds

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Life in New York City can make one attuned to environmental sounds, both pleasing and irritating. And so it is with Eric and Colin Jacobsen, brothers and co-artistic directors of The Knights, the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra.

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Top Five Fashion Statements in Classical Music

Monday, September 05, 2011

Now that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has moved its tent from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, the relationship between classical music and style seems closer than ever. Here five fabulous fashion statements in music.

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Top Five Apocalypses in Classical Music

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Between earthquakes and hurricanes striking the East Coast, events have become somewhat apocalyptic lately. Coincidentally, there’s quite a playlist to accompany such tumultuous disasters. Here are our top five works of the apocalypse.

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Top Five Sounds of Silence

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sometimes the lack of sound can be as bold as the most deafening fortississimo. We've given you the Top Five Loudest Compositions. Here now are our top five composers who write for silence. 

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Top Five Musical Clichés

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We look to music to express things that are true and sincere, ways to express our innermost feelings and bare our souls. But sometimes what was once meaningful becomes cliché. Here are the top five.

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Mark Morris's Top Five Dance Scores

Monday, August 15, 2011

In this video, choreographer Mark Morris shares his five favorite dance scores. See which one he calls "the most astonishing, psychedelic, terrifying, hallucinogenic miracle of a piece of music."

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Top Five Loudest Compositions

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fortissimo just isn’t enough for some people. To show just how ear-shatteringly bombastic some composers want their music played, they have been known to double, triple and even quadruple those fortes. Here are our top five.

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Top Five Critiques of Stravinsky

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Despite a momentous career, critics often hated on Stravinsky. As such, we’ve culled Nicolas Slonimsky’s book Lexicon of Musical Invective for the five top written critiques of Stravinsky. We can only imagine people said even worse.

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Louis Langrée's Top Five Mozart Works

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed over 600 pieces in a vast range of styles and genres. Watch conductor Louis Langrée discuss his top five in this video.

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Top Five Composers by the Numbers

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It seems counterintuitive that something as intimate and personal as music can be created using a formula. But here are five composers who wrote compelling works using complex mathematical principles.

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Top Five Politically Outspoken Classical Musicians

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

On July 5, Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica staged a concert in Strasbourg, France that championed the cause of Russian political prisoners. It followed a tradition of using music to carry political messages.

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Top Five National Anthems by Notable Composers

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There are a lot of anthems being sung this month with Canada Day, Bastille Day and Belgian National Day, not to mention July 4th all happening. Here are our top five anthems written by notable composers.

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Top Five Classical DVDs of 2011 (So Far)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Before heading out to the beach or the country for some R&R this summer, we've put together a list of movies to watch just in case a rainy day or two keeps us indoors. Among them is a docu-drama on the life of Glenn Gould.

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Steven Reineke's Top Five Pops Numbers

Friday, July 01, 2011

Steven Reineke, the Music Director of the New York Pops, shares his top five pops pieces, which touch on some personal memories and pay homage to his mentor, the late pops conductor Erich Kunzel.


Top Five Craziest Pops Headliners

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

As a salute to the orchestras that stepped outside the box when programming their concert seasons, here are our top five unlikely headliners -- from an ABBA tribute band to a NASA astronaut.