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For nearly five decades, Daniel Barenboim has been making a case for the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Tonight at Carnegie Hall, the conductor begins a complete cycle of Bruckner's nine numbered symphonies, leading the storied Staatskapelle Berlin.

The pipe organ dates back to ancient Greece. It has grown ever more complicated and ever more associated with Christianity.

But virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter (@CameronOrganist) is on a mission to change the whole organ world, from its religious ties to archaic technology. Carpenter spoke with Here & Now‘s Robin Young ahead of his performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Classical composers have long had their patrons: Beethoven had Archduke Rudolph, John Cage had Betty Freeman. For contemporary opera composers, there's Beth Morrison. She and her production company have commissioned new works from some of the most innovative emerging composers today.

Georges Prêtre, the French conductor with a seven-decade career that included close associations with Maria Callas and many of the world's top orchestras, died Wednesday in France at age 92.

Beethoven began writing his third symphony, the “Eroica,” when he was inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte, then a hero of the French Revolution.

But by the time the symphony was finished, the composer dedicated it “to the memory of a great man,” even though Napoleon was still alive.

Songs We Love: Naqsh Duo, 'Parlando'

Dec 29, 2016

In the last week of 2016, Songs We Love is featuring just a few of the songs that, for whatever reason, never got their due this year.

The clarinet and guitar are common enough instruments, but you've probably never heard them sound quite like this. In the hands of guitarist Golfam Khayam and clarinetist Mona Matbou Riahi, the instruments breathe together in music that borrows melody and improvisation from their Iranian homeland and classical structures from the West.

Featured Works for January – First Concert
(*Indicates January birthday) 

Jan 2 M Richard Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Jan 3 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from Sleeping Beauty
Jan 4 W Johannes Brahms: Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76
Jan 5 T Maurice Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand
Jan 6 F Max Bruch*: Violin Concerto No. 1

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The last time New York's Metropolitan Opera presented a work written by a woman was 113 years ago. It's a drought that lasted longer than the years between the Cubs' World Series victories. That situation has finally been rectified this week with the New York premiere of the opera L'Amour de Loin by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

Andrew Norman Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

Nov 30, 2016

Featured Works for December – First Concert
(*Indicates December birthday)

Dec 1 T Franz Xaver Richter*: Trumpet Concerto
Dec 2 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2

Dec 5 M Francesco Geminiani*: Cello Sonata in D minor
Dec 6 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker
Dec 7 W Hermann Goetz*: Waldmärchen
Dec 8 T Jean Sibelius*: Belshazzar’s Feast
Dec 9 F Nicolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 3

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On December 3rd at 10am, JPR's Classics & News Service will kick off the Metropolitan Opera's 86th season of Saturday broadcasts with Puccini's Manon Lescaut. All broadcasts begin at 10am.

Joyce DiDonato is one of the most acclaimed opera singers of her generation; this year, she won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Her latest album, In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music, is a collection of baroque arias from the 17th and 18th centuries divided into two sections — one addressing war, the other, peace.

Dario Acosta

On Saturday morning, November 5th, world renowned soprano Deborah Voigt dropped by the JPR studios for a conversation with Eric Teel during the first intermission of the JPR Saturday Morning Opera.

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto.

As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he wrote his concerto with and for. (More on that later.)

Featured Works for November – First Concert
(*Indicates November birthday)

Nov 1 T Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from Mlada
Nov 2 W John Foulds*: Music-Pictures Group III
Nov 3 T George Frideric Handel: Suite in A major
Nov 4 F Hector Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from “Les Troyens”

A Listener's Guide To The Ghosts That Haunt Opera

Oct 31, 2016

Eric Teel

The Danish String Quartet is at the core of the classical music world. On a daily basis they delve deeply into works by great masters such as Beethoven and Mozart, but also the occasional folk gig. Over the years they've been fortunate to study in many different places in master classes with renowned teachers and have had opportunities to perform in major concert halls across the world.

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