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Deceptive Cadence : NPR
Deceptive Cadence un-stuffs the world of classical music, which is both fusty and ferociously alive.
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Andrew Norman

The young California composer's expansive, boisterous Play pushes the orchestra to its limits in music both chaotic and serene.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke stands beside conductor Marin Alsop, who holds the giant hammer Gustav Mahler includes in his Sixth Symphony.

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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Gianandrea Noseda thinks jeans and T-shirts at classical concerts are just fine.

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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Simone Dinnerstein plays The Cohen Variations, by Daniel Felsenfeld in the NPR studios

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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"In the midst of chaos, I find peace by loving," Joyce DiDonato says. "I love, and that gets me out of the situation."

"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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Wynton Marsalis onstage in New York in April 2016. His new violin concerto made its East Coast debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center last week.

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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Don Giovanni (Gerald Finley, left) is pulled down to hell by the ghost of the Commendatore (Alastair Mills) in a Glyndebourne production of Mozart

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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Mozart died 225 years ago at age 35. A new, enormous box set contains all of his music.

The new complete edition, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Austrian composer's death, is an extravagant Mozart resource.

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Composer Steve Reich, who turned 80 on Oct. 3.

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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Conductor Neville Marriner.

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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