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    Bad Manners

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    Melody

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    Style, Part 1

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    Style, With Sprinkles

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    Five Uneasy Pieces

    It is not pretty, any of it. But its maker,…

    Bridges and Boundaries

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    American Symphonies

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    Exiles

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    Classical Concept Albums

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    Getting to Know György

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    Guitar Madness

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    Fireworks and Fizz Water

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    Pledge(s) of Allegiance

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    Dry vs. Juicy

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    Oboe Quartets

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    Special Effects

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    Voices

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    Searching For Big

    I’ve been listening to, or watching, a lot of new…

    Awards Season!

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    Daughters, Part 1

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    Violin + Orchestra, Part 1

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    Daughters, Part 2

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    Violin+Orchestra, Part 2

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    So Far, So Good

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    There’s a Record Store in Newnan

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    Why Messiaen (Still) Matters

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    Letter from London

    New York, May 22. I’ve had some of my favorite…

    Our Annual Summer Edition

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    Part Deux

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    The Ondine All-Stars

    For the classical record industry, it’s gotten hard to tell…

    Winds From the North

    Oh Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775–1838), where have you been all…

    Bert van der Wolf

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    In the Matter of M. Weinberg

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    Steve Jobs, the Opera. Really.

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    Snobs and Slobs

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    Why Do You Think They Call it Classical?

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    Hearing Bach

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    More Mostly Quiet Music

    Have we today forgotten how to speak softly and with…

    Putting Down Roots

    I’ve just seen a documentary about a food writer. It…

    Collaborators

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    Stocking Stuffers 2018

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    Telling the Story

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    Telling the (Vocal) Story

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    Stay Warm

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    Stay Hot!

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    Purcell’s King Arthur

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    How I Became an Audiophile

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    Violin Plus One

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    Eine kleine zuviele Nachtmusik

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    Pan and Perséphone

    Today we begin with Mahler and his Third Symphony. Then…

    Prokofiev Piano Concertos

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    Hall Sounds

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    “Who the hell is Allan Pettersson?”

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    Standard Time

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    Copycats

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    Ear Candy

    Of the four strictly definable parameters of any musical sound—pitch,…

    Maurice Duruflé

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    Doin’ It

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    Russian Composers: Rachmaninov, Medtner and Prokofiev

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    Haydn and the Theatre

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    Rarities and Remembrances

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    Beethoven Plus One: Songs

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    Steve Waksman, Rock Musicologist

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    Steve Waksman, Rock Musicologist: Part Two

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    Beethoven Begins

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    Joshua Redman’s Sun on Sand

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    Beethoven (and Other) Landscapes

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    A New American Oratorio

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    Opera and Immersive Sound

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    Immersive Sound Part Two

    When I started planning this column, the task seemed simple:…

    Multichannel Hall of Fame Mk I

    Recently, I’ve had more time to poke around my “record…

    Multichannel Hall of Fame Mk II

    (Last time we offered overviews of several recording labels that…

    Routine, Ritual and Wabi-Sabi

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    Four Figaros

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    Why Collect?

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    Mozart’s Tito and Idomeneo

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    Comfort and Adventure

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    Beethoven and . . . Britten?

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    Symphonies and Social Movements

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    Two Violas and a Cello

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    Winners

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    Bel Canto, Part 1

    Recently I’ve been watching a lot of Dark, now streaming…

    Holiday Music, Naughty & Nice

      First, the Nice part: One of my earliest memories…

    Rossini (Bel Canto Part 2)

    Here’s a question that should be a softball: who was…

    Award Season

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    When You Wish

    Dear readers: as I write this, Christmas is over, the…

    Serenades

    Serenade (Fr. sérénade; Ger. Serenade, Ständchen; It. serenada, serenata). A…

    Passions

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    Bach’s Saint John Passion

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