The conductor, trailed by "scurrilous rumors" for years, has now been publicly accused by four former proteges of sexual assault when they were either teenagers or young adults.
Members of the Danish String Quartet carry on Scandinavian folk traditions by refurbishing old songs and writing a few new ones of their own.
Hear a new piece by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry that pulsates in time to the heartbeats of the musicians who play it.
Following published accusations of sexual abuse and molestation against conductor James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera has suspended him after a four-decade relationship.
Philadelphia's public school system has over 1,000 broken instruments.
Nina Totenberg speaks with the new musical director of The National Symphony Orchestra, as the ensemble gears up to mark the centennial of Leonard Bernstein.
Set in the California mining camps of the 1850s, Girls of the Golden West , sifts through themes that still weigh heavy today.
With a knack for cunning juxtapositions, the adventurous pianist stitches together a baroque sonata, a slice of French serenity and a quirky portrait of a mysterious barn owl.
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 ...
French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, one of the most extraordinary musical prodigies in the history of western music, was born in 1835 (when Mendelssohn was still in full compositional flow) and died in 1921 (the best part of a decade after Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring had delivered its shock waves). Amid all this change, Saint-Saëns retained Read More ...
Sister Carrie, an opera by American composer Robert Aldridge, was first performed in 2012. Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, the novel on which the opera was based, was written in 1900. It was one of the first American novels about social status which, for women around the turn of the 20th century, depended almost entirely on Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces Boris Giltburg’s latest album of music by Sergei Rachmaninov that features the Études-tableaux Op. 33 and his ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 2. The latter charts a dramatic course: from the passion, darkness and pain of the first movement, through the dreamy idyll of the second, to the unequivocal victory of the finale. Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces a new recording of music by the Russian composer Georgy Sviridov (1915–1998); the programme features one of his cantatas, a song cycle, and music for chamber orchestra. Sviridov was a prolific composer (his output encompassed film scores, symphonic suites and several thousand songs) and was fortunate to have Shostakovich as one of Read More ...
Music by George Tsontakis adds to the ever-expanding Naxos American Classics Series with an inventive and colourful triptych of concertos, introduced on this podcast by Raymond Bisha. The works feature soloists Eric Berlin, member of Empire Brass and principal trumpeter of the Albany Symphony Orchestra; David Krakauer, one of the world’s finest klezmer clarinettists; and Read More ...
“Every time I do another podcast about Granados, I find new reasons to like his music,” says host Raymond Bisha. Join him as he marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enrique Granados, one of the leading examples of Spanish musical nationalism, in a broadcast that surveys Granados’ varied oeuvre—from chamber music, to opera Read More ...
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
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 7: Angel of Light Tranquillo Molto Allegro Come Un Sogno Pesante Cantabile Symphony No. 8 Adagio Assai, Andate Assai Feroce Tranquillo Con Grandezza, Sciolto, Tempo Primo
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, Steven Brown, and Howard Nevison The Works Act II: Senta’s Ballade – part 1 Rethberg part 2 Ohms part 3 Lawrence ending Jones entire Varnay entire Silja Hollander, Senta Duet part 1 Flagstad, Janssen part 2 Vonay, Nilsson part 3 Uhde, Varnas Act II: Duet “Wie aus der Ferne” part […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, Steven Brown, and Howard Nevison The Works Wunderlich Steuermann Lied (complete) Haefliger Steuermann Lied (1st part) Dermota Steuermann Lied (2nd part) Edelmann Die Frist Ist Um (1st part) Jerger Die Frist Ist Um (2nd part) Janssen Die Frist Ist Um (3rd part) Nissen Die Frist Ist Um (conclusion) London Die […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 4 Movement 1 Movement 2 Movement 3 Movement 4 Symphony No. 5 Symphony No. 6: Vincentiana Starry Night The Crows Saint Remy Apotheosis
With Lew Smoley, Lolita Ritmanis, and Amy Andersson
Get a free MP3 of Camille Saint-Saens - Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, performed by Malmo Symphony Orchestra; Tianwa Yang, violin.
The British vocal ensemble Voces8 is back with a new soprano, a new composer-in-residence and, soon, a new recording celebrating seasonal changes, 'Equinox.'
Get a free MP3 of Franz Liszt - Weihnachtsbaum: O heilige Nacht!; Die Hirten an der Krippe, performed by Eteri Andjaparidze, piano.
Tuesday evening marks the beginning of Hanukkah, which runs for eight nights. Hear some of the music and learn about customs that make the Jewish Festival of Lights meaningful.
James Levine, one of the great conductors of our time, stands accused of sexual abuse. So how do we respond? Performance Today host Fred Child weighs in.
In its new record, vocal ensemble Choralis performs festive works by Bob Chilcott.
Cellist Nygel Witherspoon has enjoyed more success since his performance last spring at the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert, including an appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra and a front-page newspaper profile.
Get a free MP3 of Ottorino Respighi - Fantastic Toy Shop: Galop, performed by Wurzburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
At 7 p.m. on Classical MPR you can hear a program celebrating the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, which began Tuesday night.
Sixty years ago, Jerry Lee Lewis married Myra Gayle Brown in a private ceremony in rural Mississippi. He was 22 and it was his third marriage. She was 13 and it was her first.
Tuesday marks the first night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish "festival of lights." For the occasion, MPR News Presents hosts two specials.
Al Bowlly has been called Britain's first pop star and is credited with inventing the singing style known as crooning.
Otis Redding began writing "(Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay" while he was living in a rented houseboat near the Golden Gate Bridge. While relaxing after a grueling tour, he was inspired by seeing the ships going in and out of San Francisco Bay.