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Classical Cover Controversy: Steve Reich's WTC 9/11

Cover art for recordings of classical music doesn't usually generate controversy, but that changed this week when the Nonesuch label released the cover art for composer Steve Reich's *WTC 9/11*, to be released September 6, in time for the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack that the piece is about.

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July 8, 2011 4:35 PM ET
The other day while perusing the ol' Facebook feed, I came across a video link that had my fellow music nerds jumping up and down, responding with comments like "Yes, yes, yessss!!" It was definitely an "I'll have what she's...
July 8, 2011 10:45 AM ET
Paradiso is a collaboration with Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who has called Miss Westenra, "a rare singer...unique in the international panorama...a great interpreter." On Paradiso, Hayley Westenra lends her voice to well-known classics of Morricone's.
July 1, 2011 3:15 PM ET
English composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Musicians proposes fines for concertgoers who fail to silence their cell phones. He may be a bit cranky, but musicians can't help being extra sensitive to sound--their brains are built for it!
June 28, 2011 5:50 PM ET
Like many artists who have explored an exhaustive expanse of musical territory covering all conventional manners of artistic expression, Tori Amos has elected to enter into the realm of classical works. With this interesting foray into classical structures, Tori Amos tells a story.
June 24, 2011 12:35 PM ET
Miss Music Nerd has been trying to incorporate more exercise into her life of late. While taking a brisk walk the other day, I heard the sound of brass instruments wafting through the trees... Nerdy music follows me everywhere I go!
June 17, 2011 3:10 PM ET
No one ever said the life of a classical composer was easy...It's a depressing reality of the artistic genius biz that one of the best career-advancing moves you can make is kicking the bucket!
June 16, 2011 4:35 PM ET
From the beginning of Mike Oldfield's career, he has had the attention of an audience.
June 10, 2011 6:15 PM ET
Classical music performances are typically rather formal and understated affairs, with an unwritten code of etiquette that the uninitiated or non-compliant breach at their own peril, risking disapproving looks and murmurs from fellow attendees. Every once in a while, though, classical decorum breaks down, and chaos ensues.
June 4, 2011 12:10 PM ET
Did you know that surround sound dates back as far as the sixteenth century? It's true, but of course, it was done a bit differently back then.
May 27, 2011 12:12 AM ET
It's funny how music follows me everywhere I go, even when I'm supposed to be taking a break! I arranged to practice the piano at a local church, because music never sleeps and I have playing to do when I get home!
May 19, 2011 10:25 AM ET
Have you ever heard a piece of music that instantly felt familiar to you, even though you knew you'd never heard it before? I mean the kind of feeling you get when you make a new friend and immediately feel like you've known them all your life.
May 13, 2011 6:00 PM ET
When you hear the word "opera," do you picture a high-class affair in an ornate hall, attended by blue-haired ladies wearing furs, and featuring doomed lovers bellowing in a language you don't understand, backed up by a chorus of soldiers...
May 6, 2011 4:55 PM ET
Every once in a while, someone in the music world finds it convenient to proclaim that classical music is dead or dying, provoking others to argue that it is more vibrant than ever. It's a fun little debate to have;...

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