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American violist David Aaron Carpenter plays the "Macdonald" Stradivarius viola created in 1719 by Antonio Stradivari.
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American violist David Aaron Carpenter plays the "Macdonald" Stradivarius viola created in 1719 by Antonio Stradivari.

Updated May 22, 2024 at 15:30 PM ET

Updated May 23, 2024: Pity the poor viola — the brunt of so many jokes, yet the source of such voluptuous sounds. This week on the playlist, hear a wide range of viola tracks from Berlioz, Bartók and Brahms to Nico Muhly, Jennifer Higdon and Morton Feldman.


Need a deep discovery experience? Try 1000 years of music in this playlist from NPR Classical's Tom Huizenga, which explores everything from new releases to old favorites, and classics from the dawn of the recording era. Our mantra: Bach, Beethoven, before and beyond.

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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.