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Beyond the Halftime Show The American wind ensemble is quietly building a canon.

By Damian Fowler

Brahms’ Third Piano Concerto

Pianist-arranger Dejan Lazic transforms the Brahms Violin Concerto into a work for his instrument.

By Bradley Bambarger

In Demand

Yannick Nézet-Séguin distinguishes himself on the podium.

By Brian Wise


Casing the Piano The art case piano remains a viable niche.

By Jed Distler

Evolution of Form

Everything you always wanted to know about Baroque concertos (but were afraid to ask).

By David Hurwitz

Things That Go Bump in the Night Dvorák goes Grimm with his four symphonic poems on Czech folk ballads.

By David Hurwitz

Gil Evans

The jazz arranger who summoned orchestral magic for Miles Davis and more.

By Bradley Bambarger

Don Giovanni A classic reduced, but not diminished.

By Ben Finane


Anne Sofie von Otter goes for Baroque; Norddeutscher Figuraichor brings you secular Poulenc; Diana Damrau offers a coloratura recital; Bach Collegium plays...Bach; Simone Kermes sings beautiful Italian; Pittsburgh Symphony packs a punch into Mahler's First; Detroit Symphony Orchestra records Rachmaninoff live; Auryn Quartet presents neglected Haydn; Thomas Dausgaard and the Danes prove Langgaard is worth your time; Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire team up for piano duos; Christian Schmitt and Bamberg Symphony explore the works of Widor; and Isabelle Faust and Alexander Meinikov join forces for Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas.

Headphones at Home

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On the Road
Organist's Impasse Wherein the player bemoans the immovable nature of his instrument.

By Cameron Carpenter