5 Classical Albums to Hear Right Now

Bach, Brahms and new works by George Lewis are among the highlights.

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Love Classical Music? Anthony Tommasini Recommends Contemporary Composers

The New York Times’s Culture editor has questions. Our chief classical music critic has answers.

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Playing Bach, Was He a Pioneer or a Reactionary?

The conductor and keyboardist Karl Richter’s legacy can be explored anew with a 100-disc box set.

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How Classical Music Can Help You Hear the Open Road

The writer, philosopher and mechanic Matthew Crawford on Sibelius, Bach and the playfulness of “car jazz.”

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Swapping Songs With Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov

Music brought a critic and a guest together, in a conversation about Bach, Beethoven, chess and politics.

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The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2020

Listen to our critics’ favorites from a year in which much of the energy in music came from recordings.

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A Flutist Steps Into the Solo Spotlight

Brandon Patrick George, a member of the adventurous Imani Winds, releases his debut recording.

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Baroque Music

Listen to spirited, sublime works by Bach, Handel, Purcell and others.

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Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly

On a new recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, the superstar artist stretches the music beyond taste.

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My Unlikely Friendship With Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I was a young, African-American Southerner, working in a Republican administration. But I loved Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and that was enough for her.

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We Heard Our First Live Music in Months. Nothing Beats It.

In-person concerts are cautiously re-emerging. So two of our critics took in a quartet performance in a parking lot.

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Lang Lang, Piano Thunderer, Greets Bach’s Austere ‘Goldbergs’

For 20 years, the superstar pianist resisted playing this towering work in public. Now he’s releasing not one recording of it, but two.

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Is Bach Better on Harp?

Parker Ramsay thinks so. He has arranged the “Goldberg” Variations, a keyboard classic, for the modern pedal harp.

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A Jazz Pianist Flips Bach Upside-Down

Dan Tepfer has programmed a computer to invert the “Goldberg” Variations. Take a listen.

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Does the Pressure of a Pandemic Transform a Cellist’s Bach?

Alisa Weilerstein is streaming one movement of the Bach cello suites a day, just as she has released a polished studio recording of them.

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