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Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.


Feature Article
September 19, 2012

How composer John Cage helped the author choose a career, enter the world of music beyond conservatory walls, and even identify mushrooms.

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Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Naxos Recordings 1987-2012

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As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Naxos is releasing this compilation which features the best-selling titles from the first 10 years of the label. Many artists featured here are still recording for Naxos, including violinist Takako Nishizaki, the co-owner of the Naxos label; pianist Jeno Jandó; conductor Jeremy Summerly and his Oxford Camerata; and conductor Antoni Wit. Norbert Kraft is still active as producer of the Naxos guitar series and much of the chamber music. This compilation is a tribute to all the artists who made the success of Naxos possible in its early days.

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Naxos is offering the track "Faure: Requiem, Op. 48 – Sanctus" from Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Naxos Recordings 1987-2012 for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.

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News Report
September 17, 2012

Great artist-lineups are set to open the SFJAZZ Center, the country’s first major dedicated jazz facility, in a January gala.

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Season Preview
September 17, 2012

The Omni Foundation is once again bringing the classiest acts in guitar playing to the Bay Area, with the assistance of San Francisco Performances.

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Kids & Families Feature
September 13, 2012
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Season Preview
September 12, 2012

Cal Performances has once again crammed a whole world of diverse art into one season. Director Matias Tarnopolsky guides you to the featured performances.

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Season Preview
September 11, 2012

SFCV leaps into the rich Bay Area dance scene this season. Here’s a guide to events we’ll have our eyes on.

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Season Preview
September 11, 2012

The Mondavi Center has its usual wide-angle season planned, while the Symphony Silicon Valley is focusing on classics with high-profile soloists. Here are the most exciting concert prospects from San Jose to Sacramento.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: <em>The Classical Album</em>

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Fifty Shades of Grey - The Classical Album, features classical music personally selected by author E.L. James herself and referenced in her bestselling Fifty Shades book trilogy. The music on the album includes The Tallis Scholars' version of 'Spem in Alium', along with 14 other works mentioned in the books, such as the 'Flower Duet' from Lakmé, Pachelbel's 'Canon in D,' the 'aria' from Bach's Goldberg Variations and more. The performers include artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, King's College Choir, Barbara Hendricks, and Alexandre Tharaud.

Capitol Records is offering the track "Chopin Prelude No. 4 in E Minor" performed by Samson Francois from Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.

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Kids & Families Feature
September 6, 2012
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