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.

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Top Five Animal-Themed Works

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This week, the New York Philharmonic mounts Leos Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen in an anticipated, animal-themed production at Avery Fisher Hall. With no offense to Old Farmer MacDonald, here are our top five works with animals in starring roles.

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John Leguizamo's Top Five Classical Works

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Today at 3 pm outspoken actor John Leguizamo shares his favorite pieces. Watch a video preview.

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Top Five Most Influential Fathers of Music

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In honor of Father’s Day, we list our top five fathers who greatly influenced the course of Western music through their progeny, and their children’s spouses.

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The Top Five Outdoor Summer Concerts in New York City

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

After such a terribly long winter, it’s time to celebrate summer’s arrival. There's no better way to appreciate a balmy evening than taking in an outdoor concert in one of New York City’s parks. Here are our Top five picks.

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Top Five Naval-Themed Works for Fleet Week

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It’s the time of year when beaches open, outdoor concerts begin and for hundreds of men and women in the Navy the time to spend six days in New York City for Fleet Week. Celebrate the week with our top five Naval-themed works of classical music.

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Top Five Works About Raging Thunderstorms

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

As New Yorkers slog through a week of gray skies and wet weather, we're saluting the top five depictions of storms in classical music -- from Beethoven to Strauss.

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Five New Violin Recordings to Get Excited About This Spring

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The spiritual offspring of Anne-Sophie Mutter, today's most prominent violinists are, on the whole, female, ultra-virtuosic, career-focused and glamorous looking besides. Here are five standout recordings, plus a free download of violinist Tianwa Yang.

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The Top Five Librettos of All Time

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Composers get the lion’s share of the glory in the opera world. However, the Words First program at New York City Opera is bringing renewed attention to the librettist. We asked two wordsmiths to pick their top five opera librettos. 

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Top Five Classical Music Apps

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Since we listed our Top Five Classical Music Apps in 2009, there's been an explosion in app development and devices that use them (iPad anyone?). Our new Top Five apps for the iPhone and iPad harness technology to enhance your musical consumption.

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Top Five Power Marriages

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Now that Kate and Will are a certified married couple, we look at some fruitful unions within classical music royalty with the Top 5 @ 105 power marriages.

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Top Five Passover Pieces

Thursday, April 21, 2011

From Handel to Korngold, we look at the works that document the Exodus, the Passover Seder and other Jewish traditions at this time of year. Here our the Top five Passover works of classical music.

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Top Five Tax-Themed Works

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

With the midnight tax deadline approaching, here's a salute to the heroes and heroines of the stage who dealt with a fate more aggravating than death.

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Eric Whitacre's Top Five for Inspiration

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Eric Whitacre, creator of the world's biggest virtual choirs, which have received more than a million hits on YouTube, shares his top five works to have inspired him over the years.

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Top Five Quarreling Quartets

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The quartet has been compared to a marriage. Like matrimony, infighting, clashing personalities and disparate ambitions are just a few causes for strife, break-ups, but also beautiful music. Here are our top five quarreling string quartets.

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Top Five Classical Jokers

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We’ve made it through the Ides of March in one piece, but now comes the true test: April Fools Day. In honor of this annual excuse for practical jokes, we’re looking at the best musical wisecrackers out there.

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Top Five Works to Greet the New Season

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring officially sprung on March 20 with the vernal equinox, and count us among those excited. In order to summon the warmer weather, here are our top five works to greet the new season:

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Top 5 Non-Musical Irish Influences on Classical Music

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For a country with a robust musical heritage, Ireland is underrepresented in the classical music canon. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are our Top five non-musical Irish influences on classical music.

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Daniel Hope's Top Five Violin Works

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

British violinist Daniel Hope has performed with the world's major orchestras and conductors, but these days he's got his mind on Joseph Joachim, the violinist he calls "perhaps the greatest of the 19th century." Here are Hope's Top Five violin pieces.

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Top Five Spots for a Surprise Serenade

Friday, March 11, 2011

Whether opera in a Lower East Side dive, chant in a Belgian beer bar, impromptu chamber performances in Chelsea Market, here are our Top Five surprise corners to listen to classical tunes.

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