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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.
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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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Deceptive Cadence
2:41 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Classical Lost and Found: Branco's Laudable But Overlooked Sonatas

Naxos

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 11:10 am

Francophile romantics, and fans of violin sonatas, will discover a pleasant surprise in this new album of music by Luis de Freitas Branco, a Portuguese composer, teacher, musicologist and critic.

At age sixteen, Branco studied in Lisbon with Belgian organist-composer Désiré Pâque, who introduced him to Cesar Franck's music. And it must have made a great impression on the young composer if his four-movement first violin sonata of 1907 is any indication.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:52 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Gabriel Kahane: Tiny Desk Concert

Cristina M. Fletes/NPR

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 12:00 pm

  • Audio Only: Gabriel Kahane's Tiny Desk Concert

Gabriel Kahane seems to enjoy blurring the lines between indie rock and indie classical. He arrived at the NPR Music offices with a string quartet and an electric guitarist in tow, and though they hadn't played together for long, you'd never know it.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:30 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

Remembering Daniel Catan With 'Il Postino'

Charles Castronovo stars as the bashful postman in Daiel Catan's opera, Il Postino.
Robert Milard LA Opera

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 6:00 am

December is just around the corner — a time when we look back at musical events, catalog our favorite records of the year and, inevitably, remember musicians who died.

One of 2011's biggest losses was composer Daniel Catán. Tomorrow (Friday the 25th), many PBS stations will broadcast his final opera, Il Postino, in the world premiere LA Opera production starring Placido Domingo.

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Books News & Features
12:27 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

Emily Dickinson Takes Over Tucson

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:14 pm

Emily Dickinson is all over Tucson, Ariz. Reading, lectures, classroom lessons — it's all part of the Big Read Project, a National Endowment for the Arts project devoted to "inspiring people across the country to pick up a good book." In Tucson, people aren't just picking up Dickinson's poetry books — they're celebrating her in reading, dance and even desserts.

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Music
8:18 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Lesser Shostakovich Finds A Home In Liverpool

Dmitri Shostakovich, 1960.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 3:34 pm

For this sixth volume of their complete Shostakovich symphony cycle, conductor Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have a task and a half at hand: transforming two works – among Shostakovich's weakest conceptually and architecturally – into forceful, persuasive and galvanizing performances.

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First Listen
1:39 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

First Listen: 'Follies (New Broadway Cast Recording)'

Where everybody lives to love: In Act 2 of Follies, what's been a relatively dark story explodes into a riot of color in what's known as the Loveland sequence — an homage to the spectacular Broadway follies staged between the World Wars.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 10:00 pm

It's tough to untangle the sonic appeal of Follies — the landmark 1971 musical that stirs Stephen Sondheim fans to a frenzy each time it gets revived — from the show's visual splendors.

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Movie Interviews
4:49 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

In 'Hugo,' Scorsese Salutes A Movie Magician

For his new film, director Martin Scorsese worked to recreate the scenes of Brian Selznick's illustrated children's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Jaap Buitendijk GK Films

In his 2007 children's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, author Brian Selznick tells the story of an orphan named Hugo who lives in the walls of a Paris train station and spends his time winding the clocks.

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Music Interviews
2:22 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Hilary Hahn Revives The Classical Encore

Hilary Hahn is a Grammy-winning classical violinist. Her newest project is called In 27 Pieces: The Hillary Hahn Encores.
Peter Miller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 13, 2011 11:28 am

When Grammy-winning classical violinist Hilary Hahn plays in front of an audience, you can expect classics from Beethoven and Bach, performed with a flair and energy that's uniquely her own. Now, Hillary Hahn has a new project in the works: She wants to bring back the encore.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:36 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

When Is A Duet Actually A Duet?

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 2:05 pm

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu has drafted an unlikely collaborator. For her latest album, Homage To Maria Callas: Favourite Opera Arias, the Romanian singer recorded a "duet" with Callas on the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen, using concert footage of La Divina from 1961, in a feat an EMI engineer has likened to "audio Photoshop."

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