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We play a lot of Mozart on WCRB, and for good reason. Though he's getting a little up there in years - his 261st birthday would be this Friday, January 27 - there are still so many wonderful performances and recordings of Mozart's music that prove it is just as relevant, timeless, and powerful as ever. In fact, 2016 was an all-around great year for the Austrian maestro (his CD sales are evidence enough of that).

As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, let's look (and listen) back to some of the best concerts of the year.

Each week, we highlight a new release from the classical world - see which albums from 2016 each member of the WCRB team loved the most!

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Wikimedia Commons

Over the past few weeks I have been blissfully “nerding out” to The Beethoven Compendium, an in-depth, all-encompassing Beethoven biographyIt’s a deep dive into what we know about the man, his daily habits, his influences, and what made him tick. 

Bach
Portrait by E.G. Hausmann / Wikimedia Commons

Last month, I threw down a challenge, one that, for those who embrace it, will result in extraordinary concert experiences... and maybe a surprise gift. Now it's time to cowboy up for round 2. Are you up for it?

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