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7:37 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Alan Cheuse Picks The Best Books To Give As Gifts

Priscilla Nielsen for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 1:04 pm

He's made his list and checked it twice: Critic Alan Cheuse recommends the best books to give as gifts in 2011. This year, it's mostly fiction — books that will light up dark winter nights with warm stories, large characters and beautiful language.

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Music
3:22 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Schubert's 'Winterreise' Paints Bleak Landscape For Bill T. Jones

Choreographer Bill T. Jones at an appearance earlier this year.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 6:55 pm

As snowstorms hit the country today, All Things Considered revisits a vivid story that choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones shared about one winter song. It originally aired Dec. 13, 2011.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:12 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Shiver-Inducing 'Winter Words'

American tenor Nicholas Phan.
Balance Photography courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 12:54 pm

Winter Words, the debut solo album by American tenor Nicholas Phan, is a total pleasure on all fronts. The nearly 33-year-old Phan's career has been heating up on the opera stage — he'll be spending much of this coming spring touring Handel's Ariodante across Europe with Joyce DiDonato, Il Complesso Barocco and conductor Alan Curtis. This program, with sensitive and lyrical accompaniment provided by Myra Huang, proves Phan to be a powerful force in recital as well.

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Music Reviews
2:09 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

From Mozart To Michael Jackson: Classical Contenders

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe (right) take on everything from Michael Jackson to Mozart on When Words Fade.
Brent Cline

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 9:01 am

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Deceptive Cadence
1:56 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Elliott Carter, Still Composing At 103

Composer Elliott Carter celebrated his 103rd birthday Thursday at a concert given in his honor at the 92nd Street Y (with Carol Archer, left, co-producer of the event).
Cory Weaver 92nd Street Y

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 1:57 pm

Elliott Carter turns 103 today. Amazingly, he's still composing, still doing fine. At the end of the birthday concert given in his honor last Thursday, the composer trundled up to the stage of Manhattan's 92nd Street Y to receive a resounding rendition of "Happy Birthday," which, in Carter-like fashion, devolved into clusters of wild sounds.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:18 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2011

Fiction by the Ebene Quartet was one of our favorite albums this year.
Virgin Classics

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 12:41 pm

The silly season of endless lists is upon us. You might notice that here at Deceptive Cadence, we don't even try to enumerate which albums were "best" — we use the word "favorite" quite intentionally, as you'll see from the pan-genre list painstakingly compiled with our NPR Music colleagues.

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NPR FM Berlin Blog
2:23 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Austro-Hungarian Nostalgie At The Berlin Philharmonic

Hungarian director and composer, Fischer Ivan, will soon take over as music director of Berlin's Konzerthaus.
Courtesy of the Berliner Philharmonie

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 2:10 pm

High expectations lie with Iván Fischer as he prepares to step in as music director of Berlin's Konzerthaus and principal conductor of the house orchestra next season.

In a guest appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic last weekend, the Budapest native explored his passion for the Austro-Hungarian tradition, which he cited as a main incentive for taking on the former East Berlin ensemble earlier this year.

"Our native language is the music of the Hapsburg Empire," he told the local press.

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Arts
6:11 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Nutcracker, Rockford-style

The Rockford Dance Company and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra team up for their annual performances of The Nutcracker.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens has more.

NPR FM Berlin Blog
3:21 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Berlin's 'C3' Brings Classical Underground

The musical group Victoire, features Missy Mazzoli, composer/keyboardist, Olivia De Prato, violin, Eileen Mack, clarinet, Lorna Krier, keyboards, and Eleonore Oppenheim on double bass.
Stephan S. Taylor Artefakt

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 1:52 pm

Berlin would seem the obvious candidate to occupy the cutting edge of developments exploring the common ground between electronica and contemporary classical music.

The city boasts a techno music culture still colored with the anarchy of the city's post-wall years; a new music scene envied for its experimentalism and generous state funding and elegant converted industrial spaces that lend themselves perfectly to everything from DJ events to sound installations.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:20 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Talk Like An Opera Geek: Tuning Into Tenors

Tenors may be characterized as head-strong and unpredictable, but they can produce pretty sounds.
iStock

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 1:21 pm

(Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.)

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