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8:36 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Canadian Brass: Spiking The Recital With Humor

"Given that we were brass players when we started out, we had a very tall hill to climb just to get people interested in our music," says Canadian Brass founding member Chuck Daellenbach (center).
Bo Huang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:55 am

When the Canadian Brass came to NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert, the group kicked off the show with a piece its members say has been central to its repertoire for more than 40 years. It's a transcription of an organ work, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor.

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Music Interviews
6:33 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Deep In The Desert, Monks Make Transcendent Music

The monks of The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on the grounds in Abiquiu, N.M.
Sergio Salvador Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:55 am

If you drive about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, N.M., into a place called the Chama Canyon, you might hear the clanging of church bells in the distance. The Monastery of Christ in the Desert was founded there in 1964 and is home to a community of Benedictine monks. They spend their days in prayer, work, meditation — and music.

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Classics in Concert
3:35 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Lang Lang Plays Bach, Schubert And Chopin

Pianist Lang Lang in recital at Carnegie Hall on May 29, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:36 pm

PROGRAM:

  • BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

  • SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

  • CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

  • LISZT Romance, S. 169

  • LiSZT Grande Etude de Paganini, S. 141 "La Campanella"

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Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Yet More News From 'Opera News'

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
5:37 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

An Online Debate Of Operatic Intensity: The Met And Its Critics

Peter Gelb speaks at an event in New York City in April 2012.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:53 pm

Yesterday, the opera world was jolted by a rapid-fire sequence of stunning turns at the Metropolitan Opera — and not by divas onstage. In the morning, the New York Times carried a front-page story by Daniel J.

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Music Interviews
10:24 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

Jeremy Denk has recently written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 10:03 pm

Not many classical pianists maintain blogs where they ruminate on everything from eating a terrible bowl of meatballs while on tour with Joshua Bell to seeing Twilight: New Moon (twice) and hearing strains of a Schubert song.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:33 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Fine Quartets From A Forgotten Frenchman

A portrait of French composer Félicien-César David (from 1876), celebrating his famous orchestral ode Le Désert.
Edmond Morin Naive Records

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:04 am

Orphaned at age five from a musical family, French composer Félicien-César David had a religious upbringing, and would go to study at the Paris Conservatory in 1830. But he left after eighteen months, later making his way to Egypt, where music of the East would make a lasting impression on him.

David wrote a significant body of work, including a highly acclaimed and innovative symphonic ode Le Désert in 1844. It established him as the first French romantic orientalist and gained him a reputation throughout the continent.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:57 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Come Sing In A Philip Glass World Premiere — In Times Square!

Composer Philip Glass.
Barron Claiborne courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 3:31 pm

Ever dream of participating in a world premiere of music by one of the world's most widely beloved and celebrated composers? Here's your big chance.

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Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
4:04 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 18, 2012

Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and pianist Gerald Moore in an undated recital rehearsal.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 9:51 am

  • This week has ended on a very sad note with the passing of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died earlier today in Bavaria at age 86.
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Deceptive Cadence
12:52 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

It's A Marvel-ous Wagner Production

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:47 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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