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Brooklyn, Iceland And Outer Space: New Classical CDs

Classical music is thriving these days, thanks to young, smart musicians who don't always perform in traditional concert halls. Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason recently played a trendy club in New York's Greenwich Village, while the string quartet Brooklyn Rider wowed a crowd of indie rockers last month at Austin's South by Southwest music festival. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz spin these new recordings, and also indulge in the lush sounds of a soprano on her way to stardom and the world's best composer under the age of 40.

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Tom Huizenga is a producer for NPR Music. He contributes a wide range of stories about classical music to NPR's news programs and is the classical music reviewer for All Things Considered. He appears regularly on NPR Music podcasts and founded NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence in 2010.