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Deceptive Cadence
3:39 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Genuflecting To A Master: Thomas Hampson On Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performing in England in 1962.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:52 pm

German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died earlier this month at age 86, was a paragon of excellence for generations of singers and fans. After his passing, we called American baritone Thomas Hampson for his memories of Fischer-Dieskau, whom he has called "a Singer for the ages, an Artist for eternity."

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Arts
7:55 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Todd Rundgren brings orchestral sound to Rockford

Rundgren conducting the Metropole Orchestra
Todd Rundgren Metropole Facebook
  • Todd Rundgren explains how he wound up singing in front of an orchestra

The legendary rocker takes a step back from rock shows to perform with RSO June 1 and 2.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Britten's War Requiem: 50 Years On, Still As Harrowing As Ever

Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten's War Requiem was written for the church's reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by Nazi bombers.
Central Press Getty Images

There are two war-related anniversaries this week that make today's album review all the more timely. Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the U.S.; tomorrow, May 30, marks 50 years since the world premiere of English composer Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral. The War Requiem was commissioned for the cathedral's reconsecration after it had been destroyed by a Nazi bombing raid in 1940.

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Arts
8:12 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Belvidere preacher rides a Harley for Jesus

Cover for the Rev. Robert Kopp's new book
  • Robert Kopp reads an excerpt from "I Just Wanna Ride"
  • Robert Kopp explains his book's subtitle, FTW.
  • Morning Edition version (June 1st, 2012)

Robert Kopp wants you to know something:  Jesus loves you, and he would've ridden a motorcycle back in the day.  The Rev. Dr. Kopp's new book, I Just Wanna Ride (FTW), describes how the biker lifestyle leads to a more authentic faith.  It's the first installment of WNIJ's Summer Book Series.

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Studio Sessions
4:51 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Vanessa Perez: A Rising Star From Venezuela

Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 9:25 am

Some of the best recent classical music stories have come from Venezuela, that country's youth orchestra program El Sistema and its most popular graduate, Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

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Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Canadian Brass: Spiking The Recital With Humor

"Given that we were brass players when we started out, we had a very tall hill to climb just to get people interested in our music," says Canadian Brass founding member Chuck Daellenbach (center).
Bo Huang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 7:55 am

When the Canadian Brass came to NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert, the group kicked off the show with a piece its members say has been central to its repertoire for more than 40 years. It's a transcription of an organ work, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor.

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Music Interviews
5:33 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Deep In The Desert, Monks Make Transcendent Music

The monks of The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on the grounds in Abiquiu, N.M.
Sergio Salvador Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 7:55 am

If you drive about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, N.M., into a place called the Chama Canyon, you might hear the clanging of church bells in the distance. The Monastery of Christ in the Desert was founded there in 1964 and is home to a community of Benedictine monks. They spend their days in prayer, work, meditation — and music.

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Classics in Concert
2:35 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Lang Lang Plays Bach, Schubert And Chopin

Pianist Lang Lang in recital at Carnegie Hall on May 29, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:36 pm

PROGRAM:

  • BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

  • SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

  • CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

  • LISZT Romance, S. 169

  • LiSZT Grande Etude de Paganini, S. 141 "La Campanella"

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Deceptive Cadence
1:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 25, 2012

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb in Tokyo in May 2011.
Yoshikazo Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 4:33 pm

  • Hey, did you hear about what went down between the Metropolitan Opera and Opera News this week?
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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Yet More News From 'Opera News'

Pablo Helguera

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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