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DiVdirk

Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, ‘through struggle to the stars’

Jean-François Lesueur, Berlioz’s first teacher, said that all music is Program Music and that the object of all music was imitation. For him — and for the many others who share his view — even ...
Detail from a cover illustration for Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, recorded in Dec. 3-4, 1947, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Eugene Ormandy.

Tchaikovsky’s ‘thousand shifting moments in the soul’s moods’...

For those new to the field, as well as those who’ve spent a lifetime listening to classical music, few works are as soul-stirring and as easy to enjoy as a Tchaikovsky symphony. They are the epitome...
Andrzej Panufnik

A centennial salute to composer Andrzej Panufnik

This year marks the centennial of composer, pianist and cond...
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Surveying Tchaikovsky, by the way of ballet

When most of us think about Tchaikovsky, we think of his bal...
Choral Director Duain Wolfe

Duain Wolfe leads a ‘sneak preview’ of Beethoven...

Ahead of his leading the Chicago Symphony Chorus in the seas...
Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

‘La mer’ as a meditation on life itself

Debussy's "La mer" is program music without a program — no he...
Jeff Bridges (left) as the Dude and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Big Lebowski" (1998).

Menthol madness! Music for a fistful of cough drops

The music world is buzzing about the upcoming “Classically...
mahler-detail

What’s in a name? The shifting fortunes of Mahler̵...

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to hold a fixed perspec...
Maestro Muti leads the CSO in an encore by Johann Strauss Jr. for a delighted audience.

Riccardo Muti on the majesty of Gustav Mahler

In anticipation of his first performances of Gustav Mahler...
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Persistence pays off for rising violinist Elena Urioste

Elena Urioste brings an upbeat outlook to everything she doe...