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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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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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