The young California composer's expansive, boisterous Play pushes the orchestra to its limits in music both chaotic and serene.
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At a time when we have become immune to shock and where hyperbole rules, Marin Alsop argues that Mahler's Sixth Symphony provides the perfect soundtrack.
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Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda discusses his hopes for the National Symphony Orchestra, his idea of the conductor as Formula One driver, and his love of the rock band Queen.
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To commemorate Cohen, pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs a set of variations on the iconic song "Suzanne" in this studio session from our archives.
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"Music can be a real guiding light towards empathy, and I can't think of any better prescription," DiDonato says. The opera star's latest album turns to Baroque arias to address present-day conflict.
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The jazz trumpeter wrote his Concerto in D for, and with, the Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. The two say the process was "fascinating" — but painstakingly slow.
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Do you believe in ghosts? Composers from Mozart to John Corigliano have written them into their operas. Take a tour of some famous operatic phantoms.
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The new complete edition, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Austrian composer's death, is an extravagant Mozart resource.
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He's been a hero to musicians from Brian Eno and David Bowie to Radiohead and The National. Now entering his ninth decade, American composer Steve Reich is always looking ahead.
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The conductor and violinist who became something of entrepreneurial emperor — making hundreds of recordings with his orchestra, including the soundtrack to the film Amadeus — died Sunday at age 92.
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