Amanda Angel

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Top 5 Violinists-turned-Conductors

Thursday, February 21, 2013

There are few things left for Joshua Bell to achieve as a violinist, but as a conductor he still has plenty of new ground to cover. Blogger Amanda Angel gives her list of top five v...

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Top Five Most Potent Love Spells in Opera

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we searched the opera repertoire for the five most potent love potions and spells (at least in terms of their influence on plot development).

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Top Five Terrible Puns in Classical Music

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Puns. They’re irresistible to headline writers and pops concert producers, but their usage usually evokes groans rather than giggles. Here are five lowlights. Name your zingers here.

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Top Five Sibling Rivalries in Classical Music

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers while his older brother John helms the Ravens. Before both meet up Sunday in the Super Bowl, we consider some of classical music's big sibling rivalries.

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Top Five Snakes on a Concert Stage

Monday, January 28, 2013

Though the serpent’s appearance in the orchestra pit is rare, it can make an impression when its bellowing is present. Here are our top five works that feature the serpent.

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The Top Five Pop Culture-Inspired Rigoletto Productions

Friday, January 18, 2013

When the Metropolitan Opera opens a new Rigoletto production inspired by Rat Pack–era Las Vegas, it will be one in of a spate of new contexts for this warhorse.

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Top Five Classical Music Films to Watch this Awards Season

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

As awards seasons gets into full swing—the Oscar Nominations have been announced—it’s a time to reflect on what a great season it’s been for classical music fans.

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Top Five 2013 Anniversaries That Aren't for Verdi or Wagner

Thursday, January 03, 2013

We’ve assembled our top five classical music anniversaries that don’t include Verdi and Wagner.

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Top Five End-of-the-Year Classical Music Lists

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Santa isn’t the only one checking his list this time of year. Critics around the country and world are filing their reports on who is deserving of praise and who is despicable.


Top Five Classical Music Apps for the iPad

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, we’ve collected our favorite iPad apps of the year for current and future classical music lovers.

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2012 WQXR Holiday Gift Guide

Monday, December 03, 2012

As the holidays approach, let us help you find that perfect present for the classical music fans on your list.

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The Top Five Tastiest Feasts in Opera

Monday, November 19, 2012

As many music lovers prepare for Thanksgiving meals, we've sniffed out the five tastiest feasts that are served up on the opera stage.

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Top Five Quirky Classical Compilations

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

We’ve combed through the compilations, and found five of the more original albums conceits available, from the naughty to those for your pets.

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Top Five Videos Featuring Elliott Carter

Thursday, November 08, 2012

To commemorate Carter’s complex musical output, his cutting wit and his generosity toward fellow musicians, we’ve collected our favorite five videos featuring the composer and his work.


Top Five Beethoven Quotes & Samples in Popular Music

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chuck Berry famously demanded Beethoven “Roll Over” to help usher in a new era of rock and roll. But rather than eschewing the famous German composer, popular musicians started quot...

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Top Five Political Satires in Opera

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Saturday Night Live" and Comedy Central don’t have a monopoly on political satire. Commentary on the state of government has been showing up in for centuries in operas by Monteverdi to John Adams.

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Top Five Uses of Sex to Sell Classical Music

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An advertising campaign for the English National Opera’s production of Don Giovanni showing an opened condom wrapper has caused stir in London. Are the posters obscene, or just provocative?

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Top Five Famous Classical Music Fans

Thursday, October 11, 2012

As tennis player Novak Djokovic faces off against Andy Murray for the Wimbledon trophy today, find out more about his interest in classical music.

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The Top Five Performances We'd Want to See at the Barclays Center

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

With New York’s newest venue opening its doors this past week, raves and critiques about the Barclays Center are streaming in. What would you want to see there?

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Top Five Audacious Season Openers

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Uncertainty surrounds many American orchestras as the new season gets underway. But all is not dire. Here are five opening-night concerts that excite us for the months ahead.