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Deceptive Cadence
3:39 am
Wed February 11, 2015

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

Amit Peled is preparing to re-create a century-old cello recital by Pablo Casals, using the master's own instrument. Here, he shows if off in NPR's Washington, D.C., studios.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:47 pm

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.

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The Record
4:39 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

D'Angelo At The Apollo: We Were All Here Before

D'Angelo.
Gregory Harris Courtesy of RCA Records

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 5:24 pm

We were all here before. Rising up out of the subway onto 125th Street, it strikes me that I should come uptown to Harlem more often. The Popeye's on 125th and St. Nicholas Avenue is still there, offering the same crispy bird parts and sodium-heavy buttermilk biscuits; it's still the same bustling, up-til-3-a.m. refuge it always was. Vendors still hawk street literature, pamphlets and incense sticks on fold-up tables that line the sidewalks. It could just as easily be 1995. That's when I was restless and unsettled.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

The Knights, Steve Reich: 'Duet' For Two Violins And Strings

The Knights play a mix of Reich, Bach, Stravinsky and a couple of their own compositions on their new album.
The Knights

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:09 am

Even trailblazing composers like Steve Reich sometimes look to the distant past for inspiration. His 1993 Duet for two violins and strings is music in which minimalism reaches back to its ancient roots. These six minutes of mesmerizing sunshine recall both the rigorous counterpoint of J.S.

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Music News
5:16 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

One Of Sam Smith's Grammys A Win For Tom Petty, Too

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:27 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Sam Smith won four Grammy Awards last night. And that was good news for Tom Petty. Petty and another songwriter will get royalties from Smith's hit "Stay With Me" because it sounds a lot like one of their songs. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.

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Monkey See
2:10 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

A Grammy Wrap-Up, With Soft Music And Extra Beck

Actress Kristen Wiig participated in Sia's performance during the Grammy Awards.
Larry Busacca Getty Images for NARAS

On Sunday night, the big Grammy Award winners included Beck and Sam Smith, both of whom put out records that moved pretty slowly. As Stephen Thompson and I note in our wrap-up of the night, the ceremony was a little heavy also, despite some strong performances and a helpful infusion of social commentary.

Music News
5:14 am
Mon February 9, 2015

The Rise And Fall Of Marion 'Suge' Knight

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 7:38 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

I'm David Greene, and I want to remind you what commercial rap music sounded like in 1991.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOOD VIBRATIONS")

MARKY MARK: (Singing) Yo, it's about that time to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme.

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The Record
9:21 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Sam Smith Wins 4 Grammy Awards, Including Song Of The Year

Michael Tran Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 2:48 pm

Sam Smith, the British singer whose debut album, In the Lonely Hour, was one of only two albums released in 2014 to go platinum, won four Grammys, including Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist.

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The Record
12:57 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Radio, Radio: How Formats Shaped, Splintered And Remade Pop Music

Colin Davey Getty Images

Music critics these days love to argue about "rockism," the unexamined prejudices we bring to our musical judgements, and "poptimism," an effort to celebrate commercial stuff that some think goes way too far. My book, Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music, aims to get us out of that endless back and forth by focusing on the key place songs become pop: radio, which, beginning on AM with Top 40 in the 1950s and then moving to FM in the 1970s, gave music its deepest connection to Americans. Radio made new tunes and styles familiar, perennial, memories.

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Music Interviews
7:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Grammys Show Producer Explains The Origin Of Onstage Mashups

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:45 am

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Deceptive Cadence
5:47 am
Sat February 7, 2015

The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice

Kevin Burdette stars in Everest as Beck Weathers, a Dallas doctor who survived a deadly blizzard on the mountain in 1996.
Karen Almond The Dallas Opera

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:48 am

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