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August 17, 2012

Gioachino Rossini was probably the first composer to become a celebrity. His gastronomic excesses circulated, and food stories about him abounded. There are enough 'alla Rossini' recipes to fill a book: Here are 10 to whet your appetite.

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August 8, 2012

Here’s a way to shake up the usual and hear a broad variety of great music at the same time.

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July 30, 2012

You’ll laugh, or maybe you’ll cry, at some of the hoariest of jokes about music and musicians.

More "Top 10 Classical Music Jokes" »
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July 11, 2012

The musical future is in good hands with these composers, all of whom qualify for the adjective “young.”

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July 3, 2012

Wave the flag and hear some striking patriotic pieces as you celebrate the Fourth of July.

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June 22, 2012

Sweet tunes to spice up your summer recreation.

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June 15, 2012

SFCV critic Janos Gereben picks 10 events for the summer, just as summer festivals are springing up and other seasons are in full bloom. 

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August 2, 2011

From the 1690s all the way to the 2000s, composers have mined Shakespeare for operatic gold. Here's a list of 10 of the best operas based on Shakespeare, so far.

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March 22, 2011

Concluding our list of the top 10 underrated composers, here are the final fab five.

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March 15, 2011

Goaded by The New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini's predictable list of the top 10 composers of all time, here's a list with more surprises in it. Look for the second part next week.

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November 17, 2010

Classical music has enhanced the drama and romance in film since the days of silent movies. Over the decades it’s continued to be a staple in the repertoire of film scores from Disney’s Fantasia to Coppola’s The Godfather. Rarer, though, are films that focus specifically on classical music and the musicians that play it. Here are some of our favorite films, all of which are available through Netflix or

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