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Drake Changed Hip-Hop’s Sound. Can He Change the Business?
His release isn’t an album or a mixtape, but a playlist — a move that could position him to shift the music industry once again. A panel discussion, on Popcast. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:40:19 -0500
The Pianist Rafal Blechacz in Exciting, if Blaring, Form
This fast-rising Polish artist played Bach, Beethoven and Chopin splendidly at the 92nd Street Y. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:53:10 -0500
Drake Breaks His Own Records With ‘More Life’ and Earns Another No. 1
This rapper’s new release, a 22-track playlist, is his seventh consecutive chart-topper. It racked up 385 million song plays in its debut week. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:19:38 -0500
Conducting an Eerie, Political ‘Gospel’
The conductor David Robertson describes a favorite passage from John Adams’s Passion oratorio, which he will lead on Friday at Carnegie Hall. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:56:53 -0500
Review: An American Composers Orchestra Concert Pays a Bracing Tribute
A concert dedicated to one of the ensemble’s founders, Francis Thorne, who died on March 7, introduced three works and offered a Steve Reich masterpiece. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:28:36 -0500

Classical : NPR
First Listen: Hauschka, 'What If'
The pianist creates a singular electronic language rooted in the past but reaching to the future. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400
First Listen: The Knights, 'Azul'
One of the finest, most ravishing, cello concertos so far this century, written for and performed by Yo-Yo Ma, finally receives its debut recording. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400
On 'Fantasies,' Mozart and Schumann Shimmer In The Shadows
Piotr Anderszewski is one of the most revered pianists today, and one of the most delightfully unpredictable. His new album links composers with a direct line from brainstorm to masterpiece. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:13:00 -0400
Kelly Moran Plays 'Limonium,' A Propulsive, Glass-Fragile Piece For Prepared Piano
In a video for "Limonium," Brooklyn-based composer Kelly Moran interrupts the stretched piano wire with corkscrews, forking the paths of sound. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:35:00 -0400
A Stolen, Then Recovered, Stradivarius Returns To The Stage
Mira Wang, protege of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, this week debuted his Ames Stradivarius, stolen 37 years ago and reclaimed in 2015. "It's like meeting a new stranger," she says. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:11:00 -0400
parterre box
Fire Walk with Me
This week brings another opera about which we’ve heard a lot but have had few opportunities to see onstage: The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:31:45 +0000
The power of fête
When Italy was united, Verdi—a national icon if ever there was one—was elected to the new parliament in Turin, where he was bored to distraction by the rhetoric of politicians—Italian politicians at that! He spent his time in the Chamber working out fugal subjects based on pols’ speech patterns as they declaimed programs that made a Temistocle Solera libretto seem rational and concise. The first offer to compose a new opera that came his way, from St. Petersburg as it happened, he signed it and ran off. Let them just try to get him back from Russia for a roll […] Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:00:56 +0000
Tales that witness madness
Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann has had a bumpy ride to its pride of position in the current French repertoire. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:55 +0000
The long and winding road
In her debut solo album, Jamie Barton surrounds Gustav Mahler’s staples of the song repertoire, Rückert Lieder, with the less familiar Gypsy Songs of Antonin Dvorák and select songs by Jean Sibelius. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:38 +0000
Art is a barren route, of which glory is the oasis
Born on this day in 1822 novelist Henry Murger. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:00:30 +0000
Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis Prize John Lewis, and Each Other
The pianist and trumpeter talk about their work on the new album “The Music of John Lewis,” their New Orleans roots and their musical forefathers. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:08:10 -0500
Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week
Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:27:44 -0500
Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week
Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:52:54 -0500
A Jazz Age Exhibition With a Syncopated Sweep
By incorporating music, immersive wallpapers and a Harlem walking tour, in addition to the decorative arts, the Cooper Hewitt hopes to transport visitors to another era. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:00:28 -0500
Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81
As both a musician and a composer, Mr. Mengelberg approached the jazz tradition with an antic sense of humor. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:24:59 -0500

Jazz : NPR
'I Called Him Morgan' Is A Tale Of Marriage, Murder And Jazz, Told From Two Sides
The brilliant trumpeter Lee Morgan, whose shocking and untimely death at the age of 33 is at the center of I Called Him Morgan, doesn't star in this documentary so much as haunt it. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:43:00 -0400
Songs We Love: Daymé Arocena, 'Mambo Na' Mà'
The exuberant young singer's acrobatic voice becomes another instrument in a hybrid Cuban-Crescent City parade. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:00:16 -0400
Record Producer And Label Executive Tommy LiPuma Has Died At Age 80
After having worked his way up from packing records at a warehouse, he had decades of success collaborating with artists like George Benson, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney and Natalie Cole. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:08:00 -0400
Combining Jazz And Extreme Noise, New York's GRID Is Just Nasty
The trio's debut album bubbles up from the East River like a toxic monster of New York's improvised and extreme music scenes. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400
A 'Stella' For Springtime, Snowstorms Or Starlight
While the Northeast prepares for the arrival of March snowstorm named Stella, our jazz critic gets a different 'Stella,' one with links to Ella and Miles and Herbie, stuck in his head. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:56:00 -0400
Up Next
What started as a short-term venture among friends is quickly expanding to a nationally-reaching collaboration between composers and school music programs. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:00:20 +0000
Course Corrections
Within six months of starting my new freelance life, things had gone off the rails a little bit. As a result, I’ve found my freelance life to be an exercise in course correction. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:30:50 +0000
“World Music” in the Era of Travel Bans
Now seems like an opportune moment to consider the meaning and relevance of what has been called “world music,” as a global refugee crisis and a rise in nationalistic fervor in Europe, Russia, and the United States newly threatens open cultural exchange. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:00:59 +0000
One Size Doesn’t Fit All, but Can You Hand Tailor a Consortium?
Even with our modest instrumentation guidelines for the composers to work with as a core ensemble, there were plenty of schools that simply didn’t have the instruments or resources to participate. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:27 +0000
Pitfalls of Living the Freelance Life
One of the things about being a freelancer is that your time is entirely your own. Sixteen-plus-hour days can come to be commonplace and the concept of “weekend” loses all meaning. Yet without structure, it’s also very easy to slide into laziness. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:30:38 +0000


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