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Bernard Haitink
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Bernard Haitink Conducts Haydn, Debussy, and Beethoven

Saturday at 8pm, in a 2017 concert at Symphony Hall, Bernard Haitink leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Haydn's Symphony No. 60, Debussy's transportive "Three Nocturnes," and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

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Brentano Quartet
Juergen Frank

Saturday at 5pm, the Brentano brings Haydn and Mendelssohn to New York's historic Atterbury House, in the tenth concert of a new series launched by violinist Lara St. John and live streamed by CRB.

Matthew Halls
Eric Richmond

On The Bach Hour, Matthew Halls leads the Retrospect Ensemble in a brilliant expression of the multi-dimensional complexity and beauty of the composer's art.

From NPR Music

Miloš Karadaglić was eight when he noticed the dusty guitar sitting on a shelf in his house in Montenegro.

"I think my father had this guitar when he was young, and when he tried to seduce my mother — and once he got her, I don't think he played it ever again," Miloš says, laughing. "Typical sort of behavior. I got this guitar and, seriously, the moment I held it in my hands, I felt I found my best friend."

Classical music fans are mourning the loss of Christa Ludwig, the beloved German mezzo-soprano celebrated both for her versatility and the warmth of her voice. She died at her home in Austria on April 24 at age 93.

Ludwig embraced a broad range of opera roles, with her silken tones, from the battered mistress Marie in Alban Berg's modernist Wozzeck, to the cheeky pageboy Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.

A young, mild-mannered soprano from Norway with a huge voice has been turning heads in the opera world.

Lise Davidsen is an emerging star whose voice has been called one-in-a-million. It can soar like a rocket over enormous orchestras. And yet on her new album, in the Verdi aria, "Pace, pace mio Dio!" it can dial down to a single gleaming strand of polished silver.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer performs his own music as well as that of Florence Price and Franz Schubert, with violinist Wendy Putnam, in a Concord Chamber Music Society program.

The Handel and Haydn Society at GBH's Fraser Performance Studio

See and hear a performance of Handel's masterpiece by the Handel and Haydn Society, produced at GBH.

Out of the Box

Cellist Shirley Hunt is seating looking straight into the camera, wearing a black dress, with her cello across her lap and her left hand wresting on its curve
Robert Torres

Find out how the Boston-based cellist keeps three instruments straight and centers women in her vibrant third and final album of J.S. Bach's Cello Suites and Viola da Gamba Sonatas.


CRB Blog

A top-down shot of a person's hands over four calculators
あたりめ on YouTube

Anyone can play "Rondo alla turca" on a piano. But on a calculator? Now we're talking. Also in this roundup, interviews, jokes, and the strange daily habits of great composers.

Songs in Praise of Mom

May 4, 2021
Mother and Child
Matt Hoffman / Unsplash

To celebrate Mother’s Day, these are some of the most powerful musical expressions of the bonds between mother and child.

Dancers in bright colors jump while facing the camera
Hong Kong Philharmonic

A cyberpunk-inspired collaboration with the Hong Kong Ballet drops Mozart into the middle of futuristic Hong Kong. Also in this week's roundup: sweet, sweet moo-sic.

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