What's the Most Virtuosic Piano Piece Ever Written?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

As we mark the bicentenary of Franz Liszt in 2011, many pianists are daring to tackle his immensely difficult and diabolical compositions. But they're not the only "extreme" pieces in the repertoire.

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Love that Symphony? Your Brain Does Too

Monday, January 10, 2011

Can’t get enough of Chopin or Brahms? New research suggests the music you love doesn’t just sound good, it can actually provoke natural chemical reactions in the brain associated with pleasure and positive feeling.

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From Deep in a Mountain, a Cache of Classics

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some 200,000 recordings, including an as-yet unknown volume of classical tracks, are now being transferred from a subterranean storage facility to the Library of Congress, in what the Library has described as "a major gift to the nation."

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Raphael Hillyer, Juilliard Quartet Violist, Dies at 96

Friday, January 07, 2011

Raphael Hillyer, a founding violist of the Julliard String Quartet, died on Dec. 27 in Boston. He was 96.


Quiet Since the Floods, A Nashville Hall is Back

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center has been a mecca and sanctuary to classical music fans in Nashville since its opening in 2006. After floodwaters ravaged the hall last May, it is now reopening in a concert to be broadcast on WQXR.

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From the Vaults: Glenn Gould on Bach's Goldberg Variations

Thursday, January 06, 2011

In 1982, the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould sat down with the critic and broadcaster Tim Page to talk about Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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Five Questions for The Calder Quartet

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet was formed almost a decade ago, but its members still exude a youthful hipness. Their concert schedule includes club dates with the band Vampire Weekend as well as more traditional performances.


Poll: When is it Appropriate to Boo?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Once a mostly European phenomenon, booing has become increasingly common in American opera houses and concert halls. Should patrons be free to express their disapproval with boos and catcalls?

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From the Vaults: Jorge Bolet Plays Rachmaninoff

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

In the summer of 1957, Jorge Bolet gave a celebrated performance with the Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York at Lewisohn Stadium in Upper Manhattan. The program's centerpiece was Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

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Mozart Fills London Tube Stations

Monday, January 03, 2011

Commuters on the London Underground are getting a dose of Mozart this month as part of a BBC Radio 3 Mozart festival. Classical performers are taking their instruments into four stations in an effort to spread the word about the 12-day event.

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From the Vaults: A Conversation with Van Cliburn

Monday, January 03, 2011

As WQXR focuses on today’s rising young pianists in January, we also look back at some of the young lions of the past. In this 1958 interview, pianist Van Cliburn tells WQXR about winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition.

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A Soprano Plans to Deliver A Violetta to Die For

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Marina Poplavskaya was an unknown in the U.S. just five years ago. But this season she has the unusual distinction of headlining back-to-back Metropolitan Opera premieres of major new Verdi productions. She tells us how she prepared.

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Results of the 2010 Classical Countdown

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Throughout the month of December, we asked you to vote for your favorite pieces of classical music at WQXR.org. After receiving hundreds of votes, we present the Top 50. Thanks to everyone who participated.

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The Most Popular Classical Albums of 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Here are the year's most popular albums according to Billboard magazine's year-end sales charts and traffic to WQXR.org. Tell us about your favorite album about 2010.

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A Farewell to Musicians Who Died in 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

The past 12 months have seen the deaths of opera legends, composers and a heavyweight impresario. Here - at the end of another year - we pay tribute to some of the faces no longer with us.

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Classical Music in 2010: Joyful Noise, Troubled Silence

Sunday, December 26, 2010

In 2010, some of the most memorable moments in classical music were marked by silence, not sound: Joan Sutherland passed on, the Detroit Symphony went on strike, classical radio stations went dark, and orchestras continued to face financial troubles.

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Top Five Viral Videos of 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

From guerrilla choruses to Gaga getups, 2010 has seen more musicians using online video to showcase a less predictable and more approachable type of classical music. Here are our top five.

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New Yorkers Vie for YouTube Symphony

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Among the 300 finalists for this year's YouTube Symphony Orchestra are a handful of New Yorkers. Here are three who are vying for a shot at the orchestra, which will rehearse and perform at the Sydney Opera House in March 2011. The event will be streamed live on YouTube.


Audition Politics Confront YouTube Orchestra

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

As organizers of the YouTube Symphony prepare for its second edition at the Sydney Opera House in March 2011, new questions are raised about the orchestra's American-Idol-type voting process.

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Poll: The Biggest Classical Music Story of 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This was the year that the financial crisis rocked many corners of the classical music world. It was also a year that saw some notable programming ventures. What do you think was the biggest story of 2010?

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