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Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR
7:31 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Canadian Brass: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:29 am

If you said the Canadian Brass represented the "gold standard" among brass quintets, you'd be right on the mark. Aside from performing on 24K gold-plated instruments, the group, led by its avuncular tuba master (and sole original member) Chuck Daellenbach, essentially put the idea of the brass quintet on the map.

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Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
2:29 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 25, 2012

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb in Tokyo in May 2011.
Yoshikazo Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:33 pm

  • Hey, did you hear about what went down between the Metropolitan Opera and Opera News this week?
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Deceptive Cadence
8:06 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Classical Music Is Supreme At The Nation's Highest Court

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a dedicated advocate of classical music.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 2:52 pm

This is a big week for classical music at the Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provided Alex Ross at The New Yorker with a list of her favorite records.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:58 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 11, 2012

courtesy of the Copenhagen Philharmonic

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 4:38 pm

News from around the world this week:

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A Blog Supreme from NPR Music
10:47 am
Mon May 7, 2012

To Revive A Jazz City, A Philadelphia Musician Stages A Festival

Ernest Stuart, founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, performs during a mid-afternoon set with his quartet.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:02 pm

From the first downbeat of the first Center City Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, you could hear history in the air — and maybe history being made.

The Wade Dean Enspiration, a gutsy young quintet, led off the festival with "Gingerbread Boy" by Jimmy Heath, one of Philly's many homegrown jazz legends. It was 1 p.m. last Saturday, and the dim carpeted room upstairs at Fergie's Pub was starting to fill up.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:27 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums

The new album by The Knights, A Second of Silence, celebrates Schubert and more modern but like-minded composers.
Ancalagon Records

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 7:37 pm

Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on All Things Considered, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert.

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First Listen
6:14 am
Mon May 7, 2012

First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'Ligeti/Beethoven'

Jeremy Denk's new album, Ligeti/Beethoven, comes out May 15.
Dennis Callahan

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 10:11 am

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Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
6:01 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Meet Your New Piano Idol: Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov.
Benjamin Ealovega

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 7:03 pm

There's a new superstar pianist on the horizon: Behzod Abduraimov. Haven't heard of him yet? That's not surprising — at just 21, this native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan has kept a very low profile so far. He's spent the past five years in the U.S., but not at a big-name school like the Curtis Institute (like Lang Lang or Yuja Wang, for example) or at Juilliard, where he was accepted as a student. Instead, he went to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch Park University in Salt Lake City Parkville, Missouri, where he's still enrolled.

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Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
7:35 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 4, 2012

Domingo Pl — er, Placido Domingo.
Sheila Rock courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 8:38 am

  • I'm not sure how the Daily Mail arrived at the unfortunate headline "An Unlikely Fan: Why Opera's Biggest Star, Domingo Placido Is Crazy For Lady Gaga." The obvious hed goof aside, it's not like Domingo gives La Gaga effusive praise: "I think Lady Gaga has a very good voice. Absolutely. She has a wonderful voice.
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In the News
6:38 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: April 20, 2012

Composer Meredith Monk.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:16 pm

  • Twenty-one American performing artists, including composer/singer/choreographer/force of nature Meredith Monk and clarinetist/composer Don Byron, have been named as part of the first class of
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