America's top orchestras are presenting little if any music written by women next season. Why is that?
With work spanning much of the Soviet era, the conductor served as an important and prominent conduit between Russia and the West. He died Saturday at age 87.
The neoclassical minimalist composer follows up a lauded new record with a quiet batch of castaways.
Watch the Chicago-based ensemble conjure otherworldly sounds from steel pipes, tuned cowbells and a bowl that sings.
Three women — a soprano, a mezzo-soprano, and a vice president of opera programming — join NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a conversation about harassment and inequity in the opera world.
The Scottish-born musician, still busy writing music, celebrates her 90th birthday on May 27.
Watch the moving performance from 19-year-old award-winner during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Their allegations against the former Metropolitan Opera conductor were made public in a counter lawsuit filed by the Met on Friday in New York.
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 ...
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 ...
With Lew Smoley
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 […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Sonata in F minor Allegro Intermezzo Allegro Largo Divoto Finale: Allegro Risoluto A flat Major Sonata D minor Sonata: Elegy C Major Sonata Sonata in G Minor Skazka Sonata (Fairy Tale), In C Allegro Abandonamente Andantino Con Moto Allegro ConSpirito Sonata In E Minor: Night Wind Introduzione: Andante […]
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 […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Chaplin The Kid Pay Day The Gold Rush The Circus William Perry The General The Beloved Rogue The Gold Rush Orphans of the Storm Shostakovich New Babylon Part 1 Part 2 Part 5 Part 6 Carmine Coppola Napoleon Napoleon’s March Snow Fight Pozzo Theme (Enemy Theme) Exit Music […]
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Renowned violinist Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields perform Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor and Scottish Fantasy on their new release. Enter to win the CD!
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Norton Stillman is the brains and the passion behind Nodin Press. He has been the head of the publishing company since 1967. Nodin specializes in Minnesota authors. Norton Stillman joins Steve Staruch to share stories from a lifetime of publishing, and an exciting personal playlist, too.
This week on the Choral Featured Album, we present two works for soloists, chorus and orchestra by Vaughan Williams on a new release from Chandos.
According to a biography of Keith Richards, the first line of the song, "I was born in a crossfire hurricane," is a reference to the fact that Richards was born near London during World War II in the midst of a German air raid.
Late Late Show host James Corden says "Drive My Car" by the Beatles was the first song he sang with Paul McCartney when they drove together in Liverpool recently while taping a new carpool karaoke segment.
Aar Maanta, who leads one of the few active touring bands in the world that plays Somali music, is coming to Minnesota for a month-long residency sponsored by the Cedar Cultural Center.
Guitarist Peter Buck, best known for his work with the band REM, and singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur have teamed up for a musical collaboration they are calling Arthur Buck.