Cheer and Loathing: Holiday Music Poll

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday traditions tend to bring out strong emotional responses. And none do so more than the arrival of holiday music. How do these Yuletide offerings make you feel?

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Music to be Thankful for This Year

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In conjunction with the Gratitude Project we've polled artists and experts from the classical music world about which pieces of music they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To minimize the pain of holiday shopping, we've simplified your search and found something for every classical music fan on your list, and at every price point.

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American Orchestras Face Financial Difficulties

Monday, November 22, 2010

As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra enters the eighth week of their grueling strike, two other orchestras recently took significant belt-tightening steps.

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Elīna Garanča: Latvian Mezzo with a Gyspy Soul

Sunday, November 21, 2010

There’s no mystery about why Elīna Garanča is a rising opera star. But whether playing a fiery gypsy or a "trouser role," the mezzo-soprano has her own way of researching characters.

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A Skydiving Violinist's Unlucky Break

Friday, November 19, 2010

Falling from the sky is a risky proposition. But for most skydivers, broken violin bows rank low on the list of potential hazards.

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Stephen Hough on Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

British Pianist Stephen Hough, last heard in New York at Avery Fisher Hall in this past summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival, is back in town for a recital tonight at Carnegie Hall.

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Who is Your Favorite Jazz Musician to Play Classical Music?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Throughout the history of jazz, many of the genre's practitioners have explored classical styles and forms. Benny Goodman played Bartok and Copland. Duke Ellington adapted symphonic suites for jazz orchestra. Wynton Marsalis and Brad Mehldau have written for major symphony orchestras while jazz pianist Keith Jarrett has played Bach in addition to his work as a master improviser.

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Naomi's Nottingham Yam Pudding

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This British-inspired side dish is a staple of host Naomi Lewin's Thanksgiving feast. She explains:

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What Music Should Accompany the Royal Wedding?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton, once the world's most talked-about college sweethearts, announced their plans to get married next year. Like any couple, they'll need to choose processional music for their wedding.

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Season's Sounds: Handel to Handbells

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The holiday concert season hits its peak this week. Check out these highlights from around New York, from the perennial Nutcracker to gospel sounds and more alternative fare.

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David Fray: A Frenchman Makes His Mark on German Classics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The young French pianist David Fray is fast gaining notice for his charismatic, sometimes eccentric performances of Bach and Schubert. Just don't compare him to Glenn Gould.

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Alexei Lubimov Plays Schubert's Impromptus

Monday, November 15, 2010

Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov recently performed the complete Schubert Impromptus as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. Listen to the full recital on demand. 

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Ten Favorite Pieces for Oboe

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New York Public Radio's resident oboist picks his favorite works for the instrument.

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Polish Composer Henryk Górecki Dies at 76

Friday, November 12, 2010

Henryk Górecki, a once obscure Polish composer who went on to become an international crossover phenomenon, has died in Katowice, Poland. He was 76.

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LA Philharmonic in HD: Ready for Its Close-Up?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Orchestras have been slow to catch on to the HD broadcast phenomenon, partly due to the costs but also because the medium requires something more visually compelling than 90 people wearing black and sitting down.

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WQXR and Q2 Programs Win ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Two WQXR and Q2 programs, Q2 with Terrance McKnight and Nadia Sirota on Q2, have won the prestigious 2010 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award.

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From the Vaults: Shirley Verrett on WNYC

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In this 1993 edition of WNYC's New York and Company, the late singer Shirley Verrett looks back on her remarkable and varied career in the opera world. Plus: Midge Woolsey on Verrett.

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Poll: Arts Philanthropy in 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

With the holiday season around the corner, many Americans are planning their charitable giving. One new study conducted by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy finds that household giving to the arts among rich Americans has risen slightly, from an average of $4,958 in 2007 to $5,531 in 2009. However, that amount is down sharply from 2005, when the average wealthy household gave $17,498 inflation-adjusted dollars.

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Twelve Questions for Alison Balsom

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Blonde, slim and stylish, Alison Balsom is a far cry from the traditional image of brass players. As we feature her album of Italian Baroque concertos, we asked her about the culture of brass playing – and being more than a pretty CD cover.

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