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After the festivities the night before, tune in on New Year’s Dayfor our annual Sound Waves Top 25 Albums of 2018.

  Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
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All Songs Considered is NPR’s guide to discovering new music below the radar. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a mix of seasonal favorite’s with special guests John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Lucius and more.


We begin this week with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, a Christmas Eve fantasy from Russia, then we'll hear holiday music and carols from around the world, including a major choral work by 20th-century composer Ernst Pepping, a setting of the Christmas Story according to Luke.

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We don't know exactly when Beethoven was born; the only official record is that of his baptism on December 17, 1770.

So his birthday COULD be December 13th, and that's a good enough excuse for a party this Thursday in Mozart's Attic. It's an all-Beethoven program this week with some music that's among the world's most familiar, and some other works that are a bit more obscure.


Having recently been  graduated from one conservatory and hired to teach at another, Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky set out to write his first large-scale work, his Symphony No. 1. No sense in starting small.

Russian expat Sergei Rachmaninoff, now esconced in the United States, started work on his Fourth Piano Concerto after having been exposed to American music for a number of years.