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'Chasing Chopin' from the Concert Hall to the Jazz Club

Annik LaFarge's Chasing Chopin is a slim book but it stands out because it's a hybrid work—biography and journalism—with utterly lovely, vivid descriptions of Chopin's music.

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A Brief History on the Creation and Life of Handel's 'Messiah'

Award-winning author Jonathan Keates whips up a brief but highly specialized work on why Handel's "Messiah" was so special from the start.

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Old Wine, New Punch: Martha Argerich's Performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto at The Kennedy Center

Those who regard the reclusive Argerich as one of the world's two or three greatest living pianists—classical or otherwise—would not have left the concert hall disillusioned.

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Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Sing Me Home

Under Yo-Yo Ma's direction, the latest effort by the Silk Road Ensemble is a joyous, mesmerizing experience.

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12 Compositions to Introduce You to Classical Music Post-1950

Classical and compositional music has continued to thrive in the 20th and 21st centuries, reaching new heights of both dissonance and beauty.

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Cappella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss: Leoš Janáček: Choral Works

Leoš Janáček: Choral Works celebrates the synthesis of Eastern and Central European themes, texts of the distant past, and contemporary composition.

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'Mozart's Sister' Explores the Whys and What-ifs

We’ll never know the extent of what Nannerl Mozart had to offer the world of music, but for the 120 minutes of Mozart’s Sister, René Féret dares to wonder.

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Marianne Pousseur: Only

Soprano + 20th Century art songs + ambient noises = one delicate and arresting recital.

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Henri Pousseur: Parabolique d'Enfer

Gorgeous, essential electronic noise from a pioneering Belgian dude.

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It's a Classical Kind of Summer

Classical music fans can rest assured that financially stressed arts organizations will continue to strive to make events accessible to the public, particularly in the summer months.

Dennis Shin
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The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross

Alex Ross' tome, winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, offers a history of the 20th Century as seen through the prism of the modern-day composer.

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Tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007)

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Classical Radio Communities: Thoughts on Mediation

Classical music radio gives rise to a prophylactic form of community: we are somehow participating with other listeners without having to engage directly with those others. The music becomes a pretense for communal participation.

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Why Don't the Planets Speak?: An Inquiry Into Music and Language

Speech involves saying something individual in a rigid system of conformity. Music seems to attempt something similar -- or, more appropriately, people attempt something similar through music.

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The Sounds of Now, Part Three: Anthony Braxton and the Ethics of Improvisation

Jenkins's latest installment in a series of contemporary composer profiles discusses Anthony Braxton, who seems to have looked to music as a means not to erase or ignore cultural dissonance but rather to confront it directly.

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