The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was supposed to open its fall season last week but, in a scenario that has become familiar, contentious contract negotiations led to a lockout of musicians.
Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. He brings this special ability to “Sometimes I’m Happy” in 1998 session.
The 35-year-old Latvian conductor brings a sincerity and enthusiasm to his position, marking the end of a three-year period of uncertainty for one of America’s oldest and most respected ensembles.
Today’s alto man renews a classic, Charlie Parker With Strings, at the Kennedy Center.
The English conductor, keyboard player and musicologist died Wednesday at age 73. He used modern scholarship and keen musicianship to bring new life to works by Handel and Bach, Mozart and Haydn.
Every Friday, the proprietors of NPR Classical and their Twitter followers gather for a half-hour speed session to share great recordings and discuss the music.
The adventuresome string quartet asked a huge range of musicians to create new pieces modeled on artistic idols. Hear pieces inspired by figures ranging from John Steinbeck to James Brown.
A savvy student of ’60s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building songcraft, Edmonson nods to her influences at every turn. But her take on those musical languages is fresh and fluent.
The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music is both an unforgettable seascape and an urgent call to action. Hear the Alaskan composer and environmentalist’s sweeping symphonic work.
Chad Lawson needed to find a way to record at home while his children slept. The result is The Chopin Variations, a set of Chopin works with an intimate, otherworldly sound.