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September 6, 2013

This playlist features music that evokes night in many different senses of the word. There’s beautiful melody, but also some surprises.

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August 29, 2013

Listen to these classic tracks that commemorate the long struggle for human rights and dignity, and the trials of the everyday Joe and Jill.

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August 15, 2013

We keep rediscovering the inexhaustibly deep musical traditions of Africa as artists from all over the world are refreshed and inspired by them. Her'es our late-summer introduction to a few of Africa's beautiful musical traditions.

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August 8, 2013

Our friends over at NPR are running a summer contest to decide on "the great American symphony." Since they brought it up, here’s a list of American symphonies we think you ought to give a try. 

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August 1, 2013

Ever since the music industry emerged as a mass commercial enterprise, musicians have waded between that "popular" music and classical (mostly uncommercial) music. In today’s mix, we sample music by musicians who have been at the top of the music industry but have refused to be defined by it.

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July 25, 2013

The guitar is an instrument that goes everywhere and plays every kind of music. In this playlist, though, we concentrate on Spanish classical guitar as well as Brazil’s extraordinarily diverse, famous guitarists and their music.

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July 18, 2013

Here, subject to correction and amplification by any 10- to 40-year-old with expertise, is a set of music to some of the most popular video games ever.

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July 11, 2013

In honor of the huge Bach-fest going on in the Bay Area and its neighbor, Carmel, we’ve put together a mixtape of highlights of pieces you’ll be able to hear in live performance over the next month. Consider this mix an intro to Bach’s immense musical imagination.

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July 4, 2013

America’s midsummer holiday is upon us, and the parades are gearing up. For the thousands who will be retiring to the backyard barbecue after the parade, there’s this playlist, with some of the perennial favorites and a couple of surprises.

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June 27, 2013

Birds are the original musicians, as human musicians can appreciate. This playlist is a mix of songs and classical instrumentals honoring our fine feathered friends.

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Interested in learning even more about classical music? The web is chock full of learning resources. See our best of the best list of classical music podcasts, blogs, broadcasts & other music learning resources.

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