Watch the moving performance from 19-year-old award-winner during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Their allegations against the former Metropolitan Opera conductor were made public in a counter lawsuit filed by the Met on Friday in New York.
Saoirse Ronan stars in the new film On Chesil Beach , based on the story by Ian McEwan. Ronan and McEwan talk with NPR's Scott Simon, and joke about who plays the lead character best: Ronan or McEwan.
Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, the film tells the story of a troubled honeymoon. The new bride is a violinist in a string quartet; the music was composed by Dan Jones and is played by Esther Yoo.
With a voice of gleaming steel that soared effortlessly above 100-piece orchestras, Swedish dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson, who was born 100 years ago, was force of nature.
In the early 1980s, hearing the work of the avant-garde guitarist for the first time — familiar sounds layered into something overwhelming and powerful — was a form of liberation.
Watch percussionist Doug Perkins power through a sizzling new piece, enhanced with a little aluminum wrap.
The composer and guitarist who merged noise and art music in sheer walls of sound died on May 13. His collaborators included a huge range of artists, from David Bowie to Kronos Quartet.
Raymond Bisha helps turn the pages of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, following the release of Boris Giltburg’s fine performance of the work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. Noted for its length and technical difficulty, ‘Rach 3’ (its popular moniker) is reckoned to have more notes than all of Mozart’s Read More ...
Although storm clouds were starting to gather over Robert Schumann’s mental health in the years 1849–50, it proved a remarkably fertile period for his musical output, not least as reflected in works featuring the cello. The majority of the pieces on this new release were composed during that period, some with the instrumentation as originally Read More ...
The combined gifts of the extraordinary Brasil Guitar Duo and two eminent Latin American composers produce a depth of experience and rare musical beauty in two concertos for guitar duo. Cuban composer Leo Brouwer has written ten concertos for guitar, but The Book of Signs is his first for guitar duo. Paulo Bellinati’s Concerto Caboclo Read More ...
The new Naxos edition of Saint-Saëns’ works for piano and orchestra reaches its final volume with a recording of the composer’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, works described by soloist Romain Descharmes as “brilliant music that opens doors to a new world”. The Fourth Concerto showcases virtuosic music written by one of history’s most Read More ...
As was often the case, bringing performances of classical music to fruition in Russia’s Soviet era was more challenging than the actual composition. Responding to a commission from the Bolshoi Ballet in 1935, Prokofiev quickly completed the task of writing a score for Romeo and Juliet, but the first performance had to be postponed owing Read More ...
Michael Daugherty is one of today’s leading American composers. Previous Naxos recordings of his works have received no fewer than seven GRAMMY® awards. His latest release features three recently completed concertos, respectively for flute, tuba and percussion. The programme boasts a rare line-up of female soloists and a release date that coincides with Women’s History Read More ...
Anthony Burgess wrote The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard in 1985 to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of J. S. Bach. It was also the year he took receipt of a new electronic synthesiser that offered Piano, Organ, Frog and Funny among its pre-set sounds. The musical homage that resulted sports an intriguing mix of Read More ...
Principal players from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra step up to the solo spotlight in world premiere recordings of 3 wind concertos. Frank Ticheli’s Clarinet Concerto pays homage to a different American composer in each of its three movements; Brad Warnaar’s Horn Concerto attests to the composer’s own professional mastery of the instrument; while Behzad Ranjbaran’s Read More ...
Ralph van Raat performs fiendishly difficult transcriptions for solo piano of two of the most important orchestral works of the early 20th century: Debussy’s symphonic sketches La mer, and Stravinsky’s score for the ballet The Rite of Spring. Raymond Bisha guides us through the transformation of these works from orchestral complexity to pianistic élan. Read More ...
Conductor JoAnn Falletta discusses the Buffalo Philharmonic’s latest recording of Hungarian music with broadcaster Peter Hall. Zoltán Kodály wrote major orchestral scores that were deeply enriched by his researches into Hungarian folk music, not least the heritage of gypsy music. The recording’s programme comprises Dances of Galánta and Dances of Marosszék, both full of swagger Read More ...
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Sonata in F minor Allegro Intermezzo Allegro Largo Divoto Finale: Allegro Risoluto A flat Major Sonata D minor Sonata: Elegy C Major Sonata Sonata in G Minor Skazka Sonata (Fairy Tale), In C Allegro Abandonamente Andantino Con Moto Allegro ConSpirito Sonata In E Minor: Night Wind Introduzione: Andante […]
With Lew Smoley, and Dennis Rooney
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Gottfried Huppertz Die Nibelungen: Siegfried Titelmusik In Der Waldschmiede Mimes An Der Drachenquelle Kampf Siegfried Drache Lindenzweig Singender Vogel Bade im Blut Lindenblatt Der Wettkampf Brunhild Gunther Kampf Gunther, Brunhild Vor Dem Dome, Konfrontation Kriemhild-Brunhild Quelle – Tod Siegfrieds Kemenate Kriemhilds – Kriemhilds Schwur Kriemhild’s Revenge Title Music […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Chaplin The Kid Pay Day The Gold Rush The Circus William Perry The General The Beloved Rogue The Gold Rush Orphans of the Storm Shostakovich New Babylon Part 1 Part 2 Part 5 Part 6 Carmine Coppola Napoleon Napoleon’s March Snow Fight Pozzo Theme (Enemy Theme) Exit Music […]
With Lew Smoley
With Lew Smoley, and Michael Bral
Get a free MP3 of Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio, performed by Asturias Symphony Orchestra; Ricardo Gallen, guitar. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
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The official album for Saturday's royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has already been released 'with absolutely no room for error.' Well, except for the part where the royal organizers fell for a classic classical music hoax.
Andrea Halsey and Barnaby Smith of acclaimed vocal ensemble Voces8 join Brian Newhouse in the studio for the latest episode of Brian's Picks.
William Bolcom has never allowed expectations about words such as "composer" or "classical" get in the way of writing the music that interests him. Join us as we celebrate the variety and color of Bolcom's musical world as he turns 80.
Revisit the 2018 Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert, part of Classical MPR's celebration of top high school musicians from across our region. Now, you can experience the program in its entirety through audio and video.
This week's Choral Featured Album is 'Requiem - Karl Jenkins,' the new release from Minnesota chamber choir and orchestra Exultate.
Get a free MP3 of Jacques Offenbach - Genevieve de Brabant: Overture, performed by Cologne West German Radio Orchestra. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
60 years ago today, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived in London to begin his first tour of England. The British tabloids had a field day with daily headlines about the rock star's "child bride."
The song about the effects of slow dancing was the best-selling single of 1998. It's one of the top five best-selling singles of all time by a Minnesota artist.
The debut album by Ranky Tanky shot to the top of the Billboard jazz chart after the band was featured on Fresh Air in December.
Hall and Oates were relatively unknown when their second album "Abandoned Luncheonette" came out in 1973. That album did not produce any national hits.