Since 2009, the maximum security prison has been home to music workshops put on by Carnegie Hall and led by some of New York City's top musicians.
The My Lai Massacre occurred 50 years ago this week in Vietnam. An opera featuring the Kronos Quartet and Van-Anh Vanessa Vo tells the story of an American soldier who tried to stop his own troops.
The audience slept, dreamed and sometimes snored — it's okay, that's what it's for — through this trance-inducing experience.
The conductor has sued New York's storied opera house after being fired earlier this week following the Met's internal investigation into allegations of sexual abusive conduct towards young artists.
When Edward Elgar debuted what came to be called his "Enigma Variations" in 1899, he left tantalizing clues in the score about a mystery contained in the music.
"The house that Jimmy built" has terminated its association with the conductor after an investigation found evidence of "sexually abusive and harassing conduct."
Discovered from 1984 rehearsal tapes, the downtown New York mainstay offers a gorgeous and loose piece of music with his quartet, featuring Arthur Russell on amplified cello.
The orchestra launched an independent investigation into an accusation made by one of its former interns. She is one of ten women to publicly accuse Dutoit of sexual misconduct.
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 ...
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 ...
With Lew Smoley
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 […]
In its recent release, Stile Antico performs Tomas Luis de Victoria's 'Tenebrae Responsories,' a cycle of music for Holy Week.
Get a free MP3 of Victor Herbert - Irish Rhapsody, performed by Ulster Orchestra.
Classical composer Anna Meredith's pop music might not be for everyone. But her recent Tiny Desk performance has been hailed as one of the "most exhilarating" NPR has experienced.
In the 'Land of 10,000 Choirs' the Minnesota Renaissance Choir is one of the newest. Only in its second season, the choir, led by Jonathan Campbell, sings with clarity and finesse. From a recent performance, the Minnesota Renaissance Choir sings 'Gaude Virgo Mater Christi,' by Josquin de Prez.
Get a free MP3 of Traditional - Irish Tune from County Derry, performed by Richard Hayman Orchestra.
The stars of the Minnesota Opera's production of Verdi's 'Rigoletto' join Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio for a conversation about their roles. Baritone Olafur Sigurdarsen, soprano Marie-Eve Munger, and tenor Joshua Dennis share their insights about what makes 'Rigoletto' one of Verdi's most popular operas.
Marin Alsop leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a new recording of Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet.' Enter the giveaway for a copy of the new CD.
Get a free MP3 of Hamilton Harty - In Ireland, performed by Ireland National Symphony Orchestra.
The Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars will be marching in the Saint Patrick's Day parade Saturday in Dublin, Ireland. The band from the Twin Cities suburbs is one of nine American high school bands selected to participate in the parade.
Smith recently decided she wanted to perform the songs she wrote. One of those songs is about her teenage years. It's called "St. Paul."
Benjamin Glaze, 19, from Oklahoma says he was uncomfortable when Perry kissed him on the lips as he auditioned during the show's two-night season opener on ABC. Glaze says he had never been kissed before.
His daughter recently rediscovered the sheet music that her father had given her years ago. She assembled a band to record her father's compositions.
"Love is Blue" by Paul Mauriat was number one on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today. Mauriat was a French conductor and orchestra leader.