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3:57 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Nuns Top '50 Shades' In Classical Music Smackdown

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 5:44 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now to a classical takedown.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BLOCK: That's Pachelbel's "Canon in D," and it appears on one of the hottest releases of the year, "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album."

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Yes, the classical album. It's composed of works that inspired author E.L. James while she was writing her steamy best-selling trilogy. And it has spent 11 weeks on Billboard's Classical Traditional Albums chart, 10 of those in the top slot.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Freelance Whales On World Cafe

Freelance Whales.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 4:43 pm

Freelance Whales' members make huge tiny music. Their instruments tend to produce delicate sounds: banjos, violins, xylophones, drums played delicately with brushes. But their songs are arranged in such a way that these small sounds form grand, swelling passages that start out softly, then build to something majestic.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:12 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Mulgrew Miller Trio On JazzSet

Mulgrew Miller.
Jean Francois Laberine

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 12:57 pm

When the pianist Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following a cerebral hemorrhage, the jazz world grieved the loss of this "wonderful musician and great spirit," in the words of his fellow pianist Kenny Barron.

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Music Reviews
12:17 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Tracey Thorn: 'Secular Carols' For The Holidays

Tracey Thorn, famous for her work in Everything but the Girl, has a new solo album of seasonal tunes called Tinsel and Lights.
Edward Bishop Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:24 pm

Tracey Thorn's interpretation of "Maybe This Christmas," by the Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, is typical of her new holiday album, Tinsel and Lights: It's simply arranged, emphasizing Thorn's lovely, delicate voice and bolstered by a firm intelligence; it avoids the fatty treacle that weighs down lots of Christmas albums. Tinsel and Lights mixes familiar songs with new ones, such as the title song written by Thorn.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Guitarist Mickey Baker Dies; Had Hits In The '50s, Played On Hundreds Of Records

Mickey Baker in Copenhagen in 1975.
Jan Persson Redferns

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 11:48 am

  • A bit of "Love Is Strange"

Mickey Baker, one half of the hit-making duo Mickey and Sylvia in the late '50s and an influential guitarist whose work can be heard on hundreds of records, has died at his home near Toulouse, France.

He was 87.

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