Leif Ove Andsnes 'Rachs' Out

Thursday, December 02, 2010

When it comes to classical piano concertos, nearly everyone agrees which is the hardest to play: Rachmaninoff's Third. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes talks with Naomi Lewin about tackling this work.

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WQXR's Holiday Channel

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Welcome the holiday season with our 24-hour stream dedicated to classical Christmas favorites. Enjoy the sounds of orchestras, choirs, brass ensembles and more as we celebrate the sacred and secular sounds of the season. To listen, click on the "Special" tab of our player.

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Poll: Cell Phones in Concert Halls

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Forget turning off phones in concerts. Some arts groups are allowing – and even inviting - listeners to send text messages and update their Twitter accounts during performances. How do you feel about this?

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WQXR's 2010 Holiday Programming

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

WQXR is pleased to present special programming throughout the holiday season. Here is a listing of the Chanukah and Christmas music you will hear in December.

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Culture at the Cash Register

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Long before Muzak, major American department stores were once hubs of musical activity. String quartets, pianists, choirs and full orchestras serenaded shoppers during the early 20th century.

Louis Andriessen Wins Grawemeyer Award

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has won the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for La Commedia, his 2008 opera based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The work received its U.S. premiere in concert last April in Carnegie Hall.


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.


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.


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:


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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