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Cecilia Bartoli (left) and Adrianne Lenker of the band Big Thief (right) Cecilia Bartoli (courtesy Decca Classics), Adrianne Lenker (Matt Cowan/Getty Images) hide caption

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Cecilia Bartoli (courtesy Decca Classics), Adrianne Lenker (Matt Cowan/Getty Images)

One Big Breath And A Blazing Guitar: 2019's Best Moments In Music

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The Choir of King's College Cambridge conduct a rehearsal of their Christmas Eve service of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in King's College Chapel on Dec. 11, 2010 in Cambridge, England. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Commemorating A King's College Christmas Tradition

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Van Cliburn moves through difficult passage in the final round of Tchaikovsky International Piano & Violin competition on April 11, 1958 in Moscow. AP hide caption

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'Dangerous Melodies' Examines Classical Music And American Foreign Relations

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German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), painted by Kloeber circa 1805. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Music And Morality Of Beethoven's Mighty Ninth

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Cecilia Bartoli explores ideas of gender fluidity on her new album, devoted to music written for the great castrato singer Farinelli. Bartoli says that, like him, she's always transforming herself on stage. Uli Weber/Decca hide caption

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Powerful Lungs And Long-Spun Lines: Cecilia Bartoli Conjures Farinelli

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Igor Levit performs during a Tiny Desk concert, on Oct. 15, 2019. (Mhari Shaw/NPR) Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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Igor Levit: Tiny Desk Concert

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"Gabriela [Ortiz] is one of the most talented composers in the world," Gustavo Dudamel says. "Not only in Mexico, not only in our continent — in the world." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gabriela Ortiz's 'Yanga' Makes Its Debut With The LA Philharmonic

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Flutist Eugenia Zukerman sets her struggle with Alzheimer's to verse in her new memoir. Angela Jimenez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 'Like Falling Through A Cloud,' Eugenia Zukerman Explores Her Changing Mind

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Trumpeter and composer Nicholas Payton drew controversy in 2011 with his rejection of the word "jazz." Now, he's reimagining black music with a new symphony. Jennifer Coombes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nicholas Payton Reimagines Musical Tradition With 'Black American Symphony'

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A scene from Ellen Reid's opera p r i s m, which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for music. Noah Stern Weber hide caption

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Noah Stern Weber

The 2010s: Classical Music's Decade Of Reckoning

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Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten'

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Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative's Joker. Niko Tavernise/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Finds The Humanity In 'Joker'

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