Deceptive Cadence un-stuffs the world of classical music, which is both fusty and ferociously alive.
Sanford Sylvan, A Baritone On His Own Terms, Dies At 65
by Tom Huizenga on January 31, 2019 at 8:05 pm
The warm-voiced, and much admired, singer eschewed the glitzy life of an opera star to concentrate on the art of vocal communication. […]
Finding God, Love And The Meaning Of Life In Messiaen's 'Turangalîla-Symphonie'
on January 12, 2019 at 1:07 pm
Baltimore Symphony music director Marin Alsop traces her discovery of the rollicking 75-minute symphony and the man behind the music. […]
For Opera Singers, Life After Retirement — At Least At One Very Special Rest Home
by Rebecca Rosman on January 10, 2019 at 9:24 pm
Founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi and funded by royalties from his popular operas, Casa Verdi in Milan opened a century ago as a home for opera musicians in their golden years. […]
NPR Music's Best Classical Albums Of 2018
by Tom Huizenga on December 18, 2018 at 7:08 pm
The music on our list takes you to Tsarist Russia, the New Mexico desert, 18th century Spain, the austere landscapes of Iceland and Vienna, at the dawn of the 20th century. Happy travelling. […]
In-depth stories from NPR Music staff and radio programs.
Scott Mulvahill: Tiny Desk Concert
by Bob Boilen on February 18, 2019 at 1:26 pm
Scott Mulvahill has been trying to win the Tiny Desk Contest for each of its four years. And while he's never won, we all loved him so much we had to invite him to play. […]
Can You Guess The Meaning Of These Humanitarian Icons?
by Malaka Gharib on February 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm
They're used in infographics, maps, charts and signs to help make crisis-related information easier to understand. See if you can understand what they convey. […]
'Tram Car 015' Is A Delightful Ride
by Amal El-Mohtar on February 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm
P. Djèlí Clark's novella about about two supernatural investigators on the trail of a malign spirit in a magical alternate Cairo packs wonderful characters into a thoughtfully-built world. […]
Rep. Joe Courtney On Trump's Emergency Declaration
on February 18, 2019 at 11:56 am
NPR's David Greene speaks with Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., about the legal options for Congress and states to counter President Trump's national emergency declaration. […]