The Record
11:18 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Philip Glass, 'Icon' Of The Avant-Garde

Images of composer Philip Glass from the cover of the Icon issue of The Fader.
Courtesy of The Fader

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:37 pm

As a general rule, if it's in The Fader, it's new. There's a good chance that you've never heard of many of the musicians who fill the magazine, which is based in New York and flaunts that city's bustling diversity and also its celebration of the cutting edge. But part of that celebration, every year, is the magazine's Icon issue, which takes a step back from the relentless forward motion to anoint an influential, already-celebrated figure.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Add Verse Reactions: The Poetry Month Music Puzzler

Test your knowledge of American composers and poetry with this interactive puzzler.
L. Brinck

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:45 pm

Poetry month is almost at an end,

So here's a little challenge for you, friend.

Listen close to the music clips below,

The words will tell you what you need to know.

Match music with the image of each bard,

Good luck — you'll need it 'cause the quiz is hard.

A hint that may help you along the way,

Both words and music hail from U.S.A.

An extra point if you think you know 'em ...

Identify the name of each poem.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:23 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: April 27, 2012

Conductor Kurt Masur in a 2007 file photo from Berlin.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:15 am

  • After falling off the podium last night in the middle of a performance with the Orchestre National de France, 84-year-old Kurt Masur has been hospitalized in Paris. A spokesperson for the orchestra says that he is expected to be released "very soon," adding that "he fell upside down onto his back because his left foot was too near the edge of the podium. It's not linked to health problems.
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Classics in Concert
1:30 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Pavel Haas Quartet

The Pavel Haas Quartet live at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 27, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:48 pm


  • Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 1
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
  • Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From My Life"

If you haven't yet heard the Pavel Haas Quartet, buckle your seat belt. This smart, incisive group from Prague with an ultra-warm sound and a sure sense of rhythmic play has been collecting accolades by the fistful ever since they burst onto the international scene six years ago.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Caption This Cartoon, Win A Prize

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:34 pm

Write Your Own Caption To This Cartoon

Each week, our intrepid artist, Pablo Helguera, comes up with a classical cartoon and an appropriate, if sometimes irreverent, caption.

Now it's your turn. We'd like you to compose a clever caption for this week's cartoon. The best entry will win (insert drum roll here!) a brand new NPR Music tote bag and coffee mug.

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6:30 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Youth Orchestra tackles Beethoven biggie

RSYO Music Director Daniel Black leads his orchestra in performance
Yawen Wu

Sunday, April 29th, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra takes on perhaps the biggest challenge in its 47–year history.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:51 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

First Watch: Finding Stillness In The Heart Of The City

courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 6:40 pm

A meditation on quietude amidst unceasing movement, a thick-walled cell of solitary contentment in the churn of daily life: That's the premise of this new video featuring the gifted pianist Michael Mizrahi.

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Live in Concert
1:27 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Nashville Symphony Goes Electric, Eclectic

The Nashville Symphony with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero (center) during Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York on May 12, 2012.
Melanie Burford NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:49 pm


  • Ives: Universe Symphony (real. Austin)
  • Riley: The Palmian Chord Ryddle
  • Grainger: The Warriors
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Classics in Concert
1:27 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Spring For Music: The Houston Symphony's Subversive, Sardonic Shostakovich

The Houston Symphony and conductor Hans Graf presented an all-Shostakovich evening for their evening at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hal on May 7, 2012. They played two rarely heard works in powerful performances: the bitingly satirical Anti-Formalist Rayok, with soloist Mikhail Svetlov (pictured), as well as the gargantuan Symphony No. 11.
Torsten Kjellstrand Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:48 pm


  • SHOSTAKOVICH Anti-Formalist Rayok
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905"
  • Encore: LIADOV Baba Yaga
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Deceptive Cadence
4:48 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: Game-Changing Composers In Postwar Europe

György Ligeti's surreal opera Le Grand Macabre was the hit of the New York Philharmonic's 2009-2010 season, in a semi-staged production that featured Barbara Hannigan (left) as Gepopo and Anthony Roth Costanzo as Prince Go-Go.
Chris Lee New York Philharmonic

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

Although a few radical composers had no use for opera in the mid-20th century (like Pierre Boulez, who infamously advocated blowing up the world's opera houses), the art form in Europe brushed itself off and began to thrive again after World War II.

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