"The point is... a person feels good listening to Rossini."
How an unexpected encounter opened up the very human side of a music legend.
The drama, passion, and transformation of the Masterpiece Classic series is reflected in the film's soundtrack, written by John Lunn.
Three friends channel the spirit of the Schubertiade at American Repertory Theater, partying with the piece of music you'd least expect.
In-house labels have energized the recording projects of several major orchestras. Here are five of the best.
How did a two-and-a-half century-old piece of music written for Lent become an iconic Christmas tradition of our time?
Cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws is the soloist in the newly composed Concerto di Camera II by Bernard Hoffer in a world premiere on Friday, Nov. 18.
Did you hear what Robert J. played this morning?
In a competitive global economy, how important is culture?
Although he often went hungry in war-torn Italy, his mother kept pointing out to him that there was still beauty to be found in the world, including the exquisite, perfumed roses of Rome.
New England Conservatory of Music President Tony Woodcock talks about NEC's celebration of Gustav Mahler's music.
For the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, here are some of my favorite performances from the Fraser Performance Studio and beyond.
A modern twist enlivens this weekend's production of Berlioz's comedic love story.
Today on Classical New England
One of the most exciting musicians of our time is recognized with a so-called "Genius Grant"
A plea for peace and healing.
Tonight at 10pm on 99.5 All Classical
The American composer captured a moment that eerily foreshadowed reaction to Sept. 11, 2001.
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Tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake lead a journey into Schubert's vivid song cycle.
The Sendai Philharmonic and conductor Pascal Verrot offer inspiration for rebuilding.
Winchester's Angela Lee Tien takes the stage at Van Cliburn's International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.
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A remembrance of a great cellist and a great human being.
The next in a series about the Sendai Philharmonic as it struggles to rebuild after the March disaster.
A few added scenes and thoughts from a cultural pilgrimage.
As Japan recovers, our guest blogger takes us back to the formative years of an orchestra that anchors the cultural life of northern Japan.
Hear performances by one of the world's great orchestras, from concerts at their dynamic home concert hall.
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A personal voice highlights the central role of the orchestra in the culture of one of Japan's hardest hit cities
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One of the distinctive musical sounds of Spain is featured in another postcard from the WGBH Learning Tour.
Whether for piano, string quartet, orchestra, or choir, Haydn's Passion Week masterpiece transmits incredible emotional power.
Sunday, April 17 at 9am on 99.5 All Classical
"I love my instrument of choice, but, learning classical piano does nothing for your 'cool' factor when you're 10 or 12..."
Music always has a healing power, but these events make that power a tangible reality.
"... when the combination of great music, great musicians and a great conductor all work in sync, you get something unmatched by any other human activity."
How one of Shakespeare's last plays stands as a singular creation and points the way towards new forms of theater.
Read what the critics had to say about the young Latvian conductor's performance with the BSO at Carnegie Hall on Thursday.
Laura Carlo shares some classical music for the Irish in all of us...
When everything familiar bursts into the remarkable.
The Takács Quartet, Muzsikás, and Márta Sebestyén take us into the soul of the Hungarian composer's music.
For Women's History Month, an in-depth look at one of the most important musicians of the last century.
Some remarkable music making, from the earliest days of recorded sound.
If you're tired of the weather (and don't have time to get away to Aruba), try these musically warm options.
Mozart and Beethoven show us the sublime in our everyday human foibles.
"He took a tradition of itinerant balladeers and invested the style with intellectual rigor and worldly sophistication while retaining the primal appeal of folk music."
The music closest to us sometimes comes from our earliest experiences.
Plenty of composers have been inspired by Shakespeare's tragedy, but this one is special.
A musical tribute to Abraham Lincoln...
"Music can viscerally bring a snapshot moment from our past right back to the present..."
Dialogue is at the heart of the matter in these very personal favorites.
I discovered my favorite through my radio and cell phone.
We've asked you for yours; here are some of ours.
Two immortal singers with extraordinary qualities, musical and otherwise.
Hear inspired pairings of music and art from the Art of the Americas wing of the Museum of Fine Arts.
"I will go out on a limb and declare this the most beautiful movement of American symphonic music yet written."
Two Argentine Modernists inject the distinctive energy and creativity of their native country into distinctive works of music and art.
I hope you'll join me for a wonderful concert this Friday.
An artistic cross-pollination of in the early years of the United States results in visual art and music of distinctive character.
Two composers write for their times and create something eternal.
Sunday, Jan. 23 at 9am on 99.5 All Classical
A listener dispels a myth through her request.
The kinetically charged urban energy of the United States of the early 1940s is reflected in both visual and musical art.
Creativity and technology, on the stage and beyond.
What breaks the routine for you?
Two masterpieces - one visual and one sonic - reflect different angles on life in the U.S. in 1927.
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Two symphonies embody so much of what we honor in Martin Luther King, Jr.
Two American artists - one a painter confined to one place and one a cosmopolitan, globetrotting composer - reflect life in the U.S. in 1855.
I was looking at today’s date on a digital calendar, 01-11-11, and thought about how everything in our lives seems to have become digitized, zeroes and ones...
Orchestras at the multiplex: a mixed bag.
Learn how two New Englanders - one a painter and one a composer - each injected a sense of high drama in his art.