The piano composer and his code-savvy friend created software and a piano rig that plays spontaneous notes from one key stroke.
The Icelandic composer is joined by two "ghost" pianists, making mysterious and memorable music at the Tiny Desk.
Written in the thick of WWII, Aaron Copland's piece seems to have hope woven between its notes. Mandalit del Barco asks why so many who hear it, from presidents to prog rockers, are still so moved.
Songs about the life and career of the Supreme Court justice, written in secret by her daughter-in-law, now make their debut on a very personal album called Notorious RBG in Song .
Insects have been an inspiration in music for centuries, starring in pieces from "Flight of the Bumblebee" to Mastodon's "March of the Fire Ants."
The band's latest song and video, "Caravan," dreams of a more inclusive, kinder world.
Knussen, who wrote symphonies, chamber music and operas, is likely best known for his collaborations with children's author Maurice Sendak on adaptions like 1979's Where The Wild Things Are .
The orchestra's top flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, says that she is paid substantially less than her closest counterpart — a man. Her suit may be the first filed under a new Massachusetts pay equity law.
Born in Hungary in 1894, Eugene Zádor moved to the USA in 1939 and remained there as a naturalised citizen until his death. He left a sizeable catalogue of works that includes more than 120 film scores, 13 operas and a wide variety of concert music. Zádor has been described as a classicist, a romantic Read More ...
Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner (1791–1856) was a much admired figure in his day, referred to glowingly by such distinguished musicians as Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn, who acknowledged respectively his gift for composing operas and his skill as an orchestral conductor. Like the 21 operas he wrote, Lindpaintner himself has since been virtually forgotten, which Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces a new release of three American orchestral triumphs in stunning performances by the youthful ranks of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic under GRAMMY Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller. Carl Ruggles’ Sun-treader, Steven Stucky’s Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 and John Harbison’s Symphony No. 4 constitute the programme’s towering trio of symphonic masterpieces. Read More ...
The composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco moved from Italy to the US during the turmoil of the Second World War. That he should have been immediately befriended by such musical giants as violinist Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky speaks reams about the respect the Italian engendered. His Cello Concerto was commissioned by Piatigorsky, who premiered the Read More ...
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 ...
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A VALIANT EFFORT TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LISTEN TO BEETHOVEN’S NINTH: CRITICAL COMMENTARY ON A NEW RECORDING WITH THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND SOLOISTS (REBECCA EVANS, PATRICIA BARDON, ROBERT MURRAY AND DEREK WELTON] CONDUCTED BY BENJAMIN ZANDER (3-Brattle Media cds) For all too many years, musicians, musicologists and music critics have fought over the […]
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Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Ballade in F# Allegretto Introduzione (Mesto) Finale (Allegro) Sonata in A Minor Sonata Reminiscenza in a Sonata Tragica Sonata Romantica in Bb Minor Romanza, Andantino Con Moto, Ma Sempre Espressivo Scherzo Allegro Meditazione, Andante Con Moto Finale: Allegro Non Troppo Sonata Minacciosa Allegro Sostenuto, Concentrando L’itsesso Tempo (Ma […]
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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 […]
On the latest episode of Brian's Picks, composer Ola Gjeilo joins Brian Newhouse in the studio for music and conversation.
This week's Choral Featured Album is 'Daylight Declines: Choral Music by Pawel Lukaszewski,' the new release from Tenebrae.
Get a free MP3 of Antonio Soler - Keyboard Sonata No. 75, performed by Soo-Jung Ann. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
Flutist Linda Chatterton and guitarist Maya Radovanlija are kindred spirits. Steve Staruch welcomes them in the studio to chat about the music they have commissioned, and to share a few of the works that they will perform next month.
Get a free MP3 of Saverio Mercadante - Flute Concerto No. 6: III. Polacca, performed by Patrick Gallois and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
Have a hankering for good drink and great song? Come raise your glass with the Twin Cities Beer Choir on Saturday, July 28, during the Loring Park Arts Festival. It's part of Classical MPR's Pop Up Classical series.
In celebration of summer, we're bringing classical music out of the concert hall and to a waterfront near you. Pop Up Classical's celebration of Minnesota's most loved lakes is touring the state Aug. 1-4.
In their new release, Elizabeth Joy Roe and Greg Anderson pay tribute to mothers with a dynamic program ranging from Simon & Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson to Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Enter to win the new release!
Grammy-award winning country-folk singer Lori McKenna's new album "The Tree" comes out this Friday. Her latest album is intensely personal — full of vignettes about family and home life.
Sixty years ago Thursday the Quarrymen, featuring three quarters of what would become the Beatles, recorded "That'll Be the Day" together for the first time.