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Deceptive Cadence
8:46 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Kickstarting Classical Musicians, One Pledge At A Time

Brooklyn Rider funded their newest album nearly twice over by using Kickstarter.
Sarah Small

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:05 pm

One of the founders of the website Kickstarter, Yancey Strickler, made a startling statement recently: His company, which allows individuals and groups to post ideas for new creative projects and then solicit donations, will distribute $150 million in 2012.

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Classics in Concert
8:45 am
Fri March 2, 2012

The Vienna Philharmonic At Carnegie Hall

Lorin Maazel conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 — with no score — live at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:30 am

Many conductors lead concert programs featuring the standard orchestral excerpts from Wagner's Ring cycle, but Lorin Maazel went much further with his symphonic synthesis "The Ring Without Words."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:03 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: The Age Of 'Serious Opera'

Baritone William Shimell sings the title role in Handel's opera Hercules in Aix-en-Provence in 2004.
Boris Horvat AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 12:44 pm

As opera left its toddler years behind, it grew more restrictive and extravagant at the same time. Around 1700, a new style called opera seria began to dominate. It was, as the name implies, "serious opera," and was driven by two main forces: formulaic librettos and flamboyant singers.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:14 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Virtuoso Trumpeter Maurice André Dies At 78

Trumpeter Maurice André (photographed here in Paris in 1980) was acclaimed for his sparkling high notes on the piccolo trumpet.
Pierre Guillaud AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 10:29 am

Maurice André, who elevated the status of the solo trumpet, has died at age 78. Celebrated for his clarion tones, especially from his piccolo trumpet, André touched off a resurgence of interest in the trumpet and music from the Baroque era.

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Classics in Concert
3:28 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Live Saturday: The Berlin Philharmonic At Carnegie Hall

Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Wolf at Carnegie Hall Saturday, February 25, 2012.
Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:01 pm

Several years after he wrote his massive and existentially searching Second Symphony, Gustav Mahler withdrew the three separate sets of notes he had issued about it, on the grounds that the music should be able to stand on its own, its meaning instantly clear. And the poetry Mahler assigned to the chorus and vocal soloists in this sprawling work is incisive and illuminating. As Mahler wrote in his text for the concluding movement, "Sterben werd' ich, um zu leben!" (I will die, that I might live!).

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Deceptive Cadence
3:28 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: February 24, 2012

A duet for the ages: Domingo and Colbert.
courtesy of Comedy Central

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 2:02 pm

  • Stephen Colbert had Plácido Domingo on as his guest last night. (Question: "What's the longest it's taken you to die on stage?" Answer: Simon Boccanegra — get poisoned in the second act, don't die until the third.) Also, they sang "La donna è mobile" together.
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Monkey See
12:51 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Step Right Up For The Oscar Spectacular!

Owen Wilson is a writer with a block — and a fiancee (Rachel McAdams) who may be part of the problem — in Woody Allen's latest romance.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 12:48 pm

On this week's show, we're coming up to the Oscars, so it seemed like a great time to sit down with the delightful Bob Mondello, film critic for All Things Considered.

We talk about The Artist — which we all agree is the likely Best Picture winner on Sunday night — and how its limitations of silence and black and white operate to perhaps make it stronger. We discuss how it might look different to those who see it on home video, and it's safe to say we all think you're better off seeing it in a theater.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:02 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

yMusic: Joyful Virtuosity For 'Spinning On Air'

yMusic performs at WNYC.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 10:13 am

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Deceptive Cadence
1:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: The Birth Of Opera

Orpheus makes his way through the underworld, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's production of one of the first operas, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, from 1607.
Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:29 pm

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

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Deceptive Cadence
1:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

New York Polyphony: A Vocal Quartet Takes On Death

New York Polyphony.
Chris Owyoung courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 1:41 pm

It's been about three decades since pre-Baroque music began to be revived in a big way. A whole constellation of big-name vocal superstars has evolved, with Anonymous 4, The Tallis Scholars and the late Montserrat Figueras among the firmament.

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