Film composer Ennio Morricone, known for his use of harmonica and whistling on Western scores, has re-imagined his most popular sounds with help from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
The score for the new film, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy grappling with the death of her husband, was written by 29-year old English composer Mica Levi (a.k.a. Micachu).
Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L'Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.
Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is "an operatic story." So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned It's a Wonderful Life into an opera.
The young California composer's expansive, boisterous Play pushes the orchestra to its limits in music both chaotic and serene.
American composer Pauline Oliveros died Thursday at the age of 84. Inspired by all kinds of sound, she was a pioneer of electronic music, committed to changing the way people listen.
Watch the resourceful young string quartet navigate its way through smoke rings, alligators at Macy's, and the stormy fluctuations of the 18th century.
At a time when we have become immune to shock and where hyperbole rules, Marin Alsop argues that Mahler's Sixth Symphony provides the perfect soundtrack.
Raymond Bisha introduces four world première recordings of orchestral music by Celso Garrido-Lecca, one of Peru’s foremost classical composers who celebrates his 90th birthday this year. Like Peruvian culture in general, Garrido-Lecca’s music harmoniously blends European and Amerindian traits, in three classically conceived works that are suffused with the popular music of his homeland. In Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces Carolae, a highly attractive Christmas choral work from the pen of GRAMMY®-nominated composer, James Whitbourn. Carolae is a fusion of two great English and American Christmas traditions—the occasions of readings and carols in the chapels at King’s College, Cambridge and Princeton University. Whitbourn’s love of medieval musical language is shown through his Read More ...
First performed in 1784 in Paris, Grétry’s comic opera L’épreuve villageoise plays out merrily against the insouciant backcloth of a European society about to undergo an irreversible, violent upheaval, just five years later. Grétry was a master of the comic opera genre, and this particular stagework presents a lighthearted feast of flirting in a cosy Read More ...
Three orchestral works by the contemporary American composer Richard Danielpour immerse the listener in both a world of conflict and the richly colourful palette with which the composer depicts his narrative. Songs of Solitude and War Songs respectively present a response to 9/11 and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil Read More ...
Violinist and composer Joan Manén may be a relatively unknown figure today, but in his time (1883–1971) his popularity was in the same league as fellow Spaniard and cellist Pablo Casals. As a performer Manén gave more than 4,000 concerts, travelled around the world five times, and made the first recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Read More ...
Michael Daugherty is considered among the Top 10 most performed American composers of concert music today. This podcast details three of his orchestral works that cement this status. Each was inspired by a larger-than-life American cultural figure—the author Ernest Hemingway, the artist Grant Wood and Randolph Hearst, who headed an extensive journalistic empire in the Read More ...
Raymond Bisha presents two ballet scores by Aaron Copland: one woefully little known; one a beloved staple of dance companies. The jazz-influenced Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (1934) narrates the scenario of a nightclub murder and the ensuing trial in a Chicago courtroom. Highlighting life at the violent edge of American society, the work’s original choreography Read More ...
Kevin Puts is one of today’s leading American composers. His persuasive music, colourfully orchestrated and emotionally charged, is well showcased on this month’s new release of three of his highly engaging symphonic works. Raymond Bisha guides us from the adventurous harmonic combinations of River’s Rush to the elegant transparency of the Flute Concerto and the Read More ...
The pianist and composer John Field certainly didn’t let the grass grow under his feet. He was born in Dublin, spent time in Bath and London, performed before Haydn, sustained a long European association with Clementi, then took Russian residency for a quarter of a century before spending his final years battling the illness that Read More ...
Raymond Bisha presents a new recording of works for violin and orchestra by four Polish composers, who may not all be household names, but collectively they’re worth the warmest of welcomes to anyone’s CD collection. Each composer had more than one string to his or her bow, so to speak, which may account for the Read More ...
Listening Guide The Works Clementi Concerto for Piano in C Movement 1 Movement 2 Movement 3 Steibelt Piano Concerto No. 3, C Allegro Brilliante Scotch Air: Adagio Non Troppo Rondo Pastorale Vaclav Tomasek Piano Concerto No. 1, C Allegro Con Brio Tranquillo Rondo Joao Domingos Bontempo Piano Concerto No. 2, f Allegro Brilliante Adagio Rondo […]
With Lew Smoley
With Lew Smoley, and Dennis Rooney
Listening Guide The Works Symphony No. 10, in c Faust: Night Ride of Faust and Mephistopheles Symphony No. 16 Symphony No. 22: Sinfonia Brevis Maestoso E Rimitico Tempo Di Marcia E Rimitico Symphony No. 28 Moderato Grazioso E Leggiero Andante Espressivo Allegro Vivo Symphony No. 30 Lento Moderato Comodo E Leggiero Symphony No. 31
Listening Guide The Works Violin Concerto Movement 1 Movement 2 Movement 3 Symphony No. 5: Wine of Summer Symphony No. 6: Sinfonia Tragica Three Pieces From Turandot Andante Moderato Allegro Molto Allegro Vivo The Cenci: Preludio Tragico English Suite No. 5: Rustic Scenes Trotting To Market Reverie The Restless Stream Village Revels
Listening Guide The Works Comedy Overture: Tinker’s Wedding Fantastic Variations On An Old Rhyme Con Moto E Espressione Allegro Vivace Part 5 Festal Dance Songs, Op. 6 Sorrow Song The Message Farewell Comedy Overture: Doctor Merryheart Theme Variation 1: Whimsies and Sunshadows Variation 2: Smiles and Storms Variation 3: Dreams, Asleep In The Arms of […]
With Lew Smoley & Howard Nevison
One of the most unexpected developments in recent years is the return of the live theatrical musical to a buzzworthy position in pop culture. What's going on?
The principal of a Miami middle school that artists adorned with murals two years ago says the art has led to better attendance and enrollment. This year, it's an elementary school's turn for murals.
Judith Clurman and her choral ensemble Essential Voices USA brighten the season with their fourth recording, 'Season of Light.' It's a holiday sampler that celebrates Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and the New Year. Learn about the recording and enter for a chance to win a free download of the album.
Get a free MP3 of Franz Gruber - Silent Night, performed by Septura.
Starting Tuesday, Dec. 6, and continuing until the end of day on Wednesday, Dec. 14, we're asking you to vote for your favorite pieces by the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven, whose birthdate is this month. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, starting at 10 a.m. Central, listen to the Favorites Stream as we count down the top 20 favorite pieces by Beethoven, as voted by you.
On March 9, 2017, the Eric Whitacre Singers will give their first-ever Minnesota performance at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The nominations for the 59th annual Grammy awards were announced this morning. Beyonce leads the pack with a total of nine nominations for 'Lemonade,' and many classical artists are honored as well.
Get a free MP3 of Jean Mouton - Ave Maria, performed by Essential Voices USA.
Since he left no known will, the rock superstar's sister and five half-siblings are in line to inherit equal shares of the estate -- after taxes gobble up about half of it.