The young musician, whose career has begun to fully blossom, charts his own course, with successful stops at the Tchaikovsky Competition and Harvard University.
With a Pulitzer, an Oscar, five Grammys and over 100 works to his credit, the American composer is still hard at work.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, commentator Miles Hoffman highlights the most notable of classical music couples.
To celebrate the life of the late Icelandic composer, we revisit his KEXP studio session from 2017.
The renowned film composer, who scored Arrival and The Theory of Everything, died Friday in Berlin, Germany.
Like her violin concertos, which were recently rediscovered in an abandoned house, Florence Price's undervalued reputation is undergoing some richly deserved restoration.
With a dream-like blend of electronics, acoustic instruments, high-tech software and voice overs, Anderson ruminates on loss and the meaning behind a devastating storm.
Watch the young British sensation Sheku Kanneh-Mason's lovely, classical-inspired take on "No Woman, No Cry."
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 ...
The Australian born composer and pianist Percy Grainger (1882–1961) maintained a lifelong affection for the wind band as a performance medium for his works. “As a vehicle of deeply emotional expression,” he once said, “it seems to me unrivalled.” Grainger’s initial commitment to the ensemble was hands-on: during a stay in London in 1901 he Read More ...
Onutė Narbutaitė came of age as a composer in the 1980s in Soviet-occupied Lithuania where, along with other artists, she strove to maintain a cultural environment of silent resistance behind a stifling iron curtain. This artistic, political stance was to produce haunting, mesmerising music crowned by Narbutaitė’s unique stamp of a truly arresting listening experience. Read More ...
Camille Saint-Saëns’ life stretched from 1835 to 1921, book-ended by Mendelssohn and Stravinsky, a witness to global conflict, and underscored by a unerring belief in the importance of melody and form, possibly out of fashion, but in the vanguard of impeccable craftsmanship. The composer’s symphonic poems are dizzying in their orchestral colour and imagery. Raymond Read More ...
Born in Argentina in 1932, Lalo Schifrin journeyed from his early classical training to study with Messiaen in Paris, before transforming into a jazz pianist, composer and arranger whose services were sought after by no less a luminary than Dizzy Gillespie. The composer of more than a hundred scores for film and television, in addition Read More ...
Terry Riley’s breakthrough work, In C, was written in 1964, but it wasn’t until 1991 that he produced his first orchestral piece. Over the years, Riley has come under the influence of a wide range of musicians, including John Cage, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Pandit Pran Nath, the master Indian classical singer. Raymond Bisha Read More ...
The music on this new release of orchestral music by the American composer Claude Baker occupies a wide expressive range, ricocheting between wild brilliance and deep introspection. He translates literary references into a uniquely rich and imaginative sound world, with allusions to music by other composers by turns subtle and explicit. Raymond Bisha introduces Baker’s Read More ...
With Lew Smoley, and Michael Bral
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Howard Nevison The Works Allmächt’ge Jungfrau (Elizabeth) Flagstad Schech Harshaw Brouwenstijn Grummer De Los Angeles Silja Nilsson Wie Todesahnung Dämmerung. . .O Du meine holder Abendstern Tibet Husch Bonelli London Part 1 Part 2 Fischer-Dieskau Rome Narrative Melchior (Janssen) Vinay (London) Windgassen (Bumbery) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Howard Nevison The Works Dich teure Halle (Elizabeth) Maria Muller Flagstad Rethberg Bampton Varnay Marianne Schech Margaret Harshaw Rysanek Grummer De Los Angeles Silja O Fürstin!. . .Gepreisen, sie die Stunde Melchior and Flagstad Lorenz Reining Vinay and Harshaw Windgassen and Nilsson Dich treff’ ich hier in dieser Halle […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Howard Nevison The Works Die töne Lob! Melchior with Thorborg Treptow with Eipperle Vinay with Varnay Windgassen with Bumbry Part 1 Part 2 Hopf with Schech Venus and Tannhauser duet Melchior and Lawrence Vinay and Varnay Part 1 Part 2 Windgassen and Bumbry Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 […]
Listening Guide The Works Saunders Fairytale Sleighride King’s College Choir Rejoice and Be Merry Ding Dong, Merrily On High Howells A Spotless Rose Weir Illuminare, Jerusalem Praetorius In Dulci Jubilo Coventry Carol In Dolci Jubilo Owens The Holly and The Ivy Villette Hymne A La Vierge Poulenc Videntes Stellar Matthias Wassail Carol A Choral Christmas […]
Listening Guide The Works Pacius National Anthem Sibelius Finnish Jager March Madetoja Kullervo Klami Lemminkainen’s Adventures On The Island of Saari Englund Symphony No. 3 Maestoso, Allegro Ritmico Scherzo Molto Adagio Allegro Con Brio, Largamente Kokkonen Cello Concerto Moderato Mosso, Allegro, Cadenza, Allegro Vivace Allegretto Adagio Cadenza, Adagio, Legatissimo Possibile Allegro Vivace Sallinen Palace Rhapsody […]
With Lew Smoley, Dennis Rooney, and Sedgwick Clark
Long before Walt Disney got involved in fairy tales, classical composers mined children's stories to create well-loved masterpieces. Join us as we explore these musical storytellers of yore -- from Dvorak to Rimsky-Korsakov -- in celebration of Monday's National Tell a Fairy Tale Day.
With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben-Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.
Finnish conductor John Storgards takes the podium this weekend in Minneapolis to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto, with soloist Kenny Broberg. Listen to the live broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday on Classical MPR.
In their new release, the NFM Choir and NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra perform works by Lukasz Farcinkiewicz, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Pawel Lukaszewski, and others.
Get a free MP3 of Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 88: Finale, performed by Capella Istropolitana.
Cesar Franck's 1885 "Prelude, Chorale and Fugue" is a tribute to the austerity, yet deep feeling nature of Bach. Juho Pohjonen's performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital in January is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
'Assassins' is a powerful 1991 musical by Stephen Sondheim, onstage now in Minneapolis from Theater Latte Da. We invited the cast to sing two songs from the production and talked with director Peter Rothstein, and music director Jason Hansen about this amazing show.
Get a free MP3 of Gabriel Faure - Barcarolle No. 13, performed by Pierre-Alain Volondat, piano.
40 years ago today "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees was number one on the Billboard pop chart. The American Heart Asssociation suggests that if you need to perform CPR chest compressions, sing this song to yourself as you do it. That advice doesn't surprise Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.
Robert Plant comes to the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis Thursday night. He told the Current's Jill Riley, that while Led Zeppelin was a legendary band, he really enjoys playing with his latest group, the Sensational Space Shifters.
"Music for the Long Emergency" is the title of a new album, a collaboration between the Minneapolis-based electronic quintet Polica and the European orchestral collective Stargaze.
Johnny said that Roseanne's success with the song was "one of his greatest fulfillments." Johnny's version only made it to number 11 on the country chart.
This weekend, 100 bands will play on 18 stages around Red Wing.