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In Your Own Backyard Summer serves up classical music across the country.

Pianist as Photographer

Christian Steiner balked at becoming a concert pianist, to the benefit of musicians.

By Damian Fowler

Sea Change

A former Wagnerian finds Puccini.

By Brian Wise


Built to Last Chopin turns two hundred, with authority.

By Jed Distler

Equal Opportunity

A pianist insinuates classical music into The Big Easy.

By Ben Finane

Sidelined, But Not Forgotten The mysterious and wonderful music of Henri Dutilleux.

By Menon Dwarka


Yuja Wang puts together a Transformative recital; Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä plays Kraus; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Gurrelieder; Prokofiev String Quartets meet Pavel Haas Quartet; it’s a Russian affair for Mikhail Pletnev; duo Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch offers Die schöne Müllerin; young Martha Argerich got on well with Chopin; Trio Wanderer delivers Fauré très fort; Sara Davis Buechner has jazzy Suesse; Stéphane Denève interprets Roussel; Terry Riley’s In C gets remixed; violinist Benjamin Breen goes for broke; the Helsinki Philharmonic introduces you to Uuno Klami; and Morton Gould is in the capable hands of David Alan Miller.

Dueling Cinderellas

Two new DVDs of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Who knew?

Reviving Your Vinyl

Listen offers the best in vinyl playback, maintenance and classical LPs.

On the Road

Concerts That Very Nearly Weren't

Guangzhou threatens to blemish the Tallis Scholars’ perfect-attendance record.

By Peter Phillips