Hear the pianist's portrait of America in a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by composers past and present; male and female; straight and gay; white, black and Latino.
Opera star Joyce DiDonato does more than sing — she lends her voice to social causes. Watch her new video, a haunting depiction of a woman trapped in conflict.
A magical landscape, the sounds of a slithery theremin and one elastic dancer offer an oasis of tranquility in a hectic world.
He's been a hero to musicians from Brian Eno and David Bowie to Radiohead and The National. Now entering his ninth decade, American composer Steve Reich is always looking ahead.
The charismatic conductor first heard Stravinsky's rambunctious music when he was just 8. Watch him lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela live on Thursday night.
The conductor and violinist who became something of entrepreneurial emperor — making hundreds of recordings with his orchestra, including the soundtrack to the film Amadeus — died Sunday at age 92.
The violist wants more people to know and love contemporary classical music. She speaks with Rachel Martin about her Peabody Award-winning podcast and latest collaboration with composer Nico Muhly.
Two A-list classical artists work up a sweat as they revel in the tender and turbulent music of Brahms and Schumann.
Three orchestral works by the contemporary American composer Richard Danielpour immerse the listener in both a world of conflict and the richly colourful palette with which the composer depicts his narrative. Songs of Solitude and War Songs respectively present a response to 9/11 and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil Read More ...
Violinist and composer Joan Manén may be a relatively unknown figure today, but in his time (1883–1971) his popularity was in the same league as fellow Spaniard and cellist Pablo Casals. As a performer Manén gave more than 4,000 concerts, travelled around the world five times, and made the first recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Read More ...
Michael Daugherty is considered among the Top 10 most performed American composers of concert music today. This podcast details three of his orchestral works that cement this status. Each was inspired by a larger-than-life American cultural figure—the author Ernest Hemingway, the artist Grant Wood and Randolph Hearst, who headed an extensive journalistic empire in the Read More ...
Raymond Bisha presents two ballet scores by Aaron Copland: one woefully little known; one a beloved staple of dance companies. The jazz-influenced Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (1934) narrates the scenario of a nightclub murder and the ensuing trial in a Chicago courtroom. Highlighting life at the violent edge of American society, the work’s original choreography Read More ...
Kevin Puts is one of today’s leading American composers. His persuasive music, colourfully orchestrated and emotionally charged, is well showcased on this month’s new release of three of his highly engaging symphonic works. Raymond Bisha guides us from the adventurous harmonic combinations of River’s Rush to the elegant transparency of the Flute Concerto and the Read More ...
The pianist and composer John Field certainly didn’t let the grass grow under his feet. He was born in Dublin, spent time in Bath and London, performed before Haydn, sustained a long European association with Clementi, then took Russian residency for a quarter of a century before spending his final years battling the illness that Read More ...
Raymond Bisha presents a new recording of works for violin and orchestra by four Polish composers, who may not all be household names, but collectively they’re worth the warmest of welcomes to anyone’s CD collection. Each composer had more than one string to his or her bow, so to speak, which may account for the Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces a new release of three highly contrasted orchestral works, unified by the quintessentially American styles of the three composers. The optimism of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and the sparkling colour synesthesia of Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music stand in stark contrast to John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1. The latter is an intensely Read More ...
The Chilean musician José Luis Dominguez has taken his experience of conducting ballet and applied it to the composing of his energised score for the ballet The Legend of Joaquin Murieta. The music glitters in sync with its California Gold Rush setting. Shades of Zorro permeate. Rooted in the great tradition of symphonic film music, Read More ...
The last three of Mozart’s five violin concertos have always been popular with recording artists, but there is always plenty more to be discovered in repertoire of such infinite variety. As soloist Henning Kraggerud has observed, “the true sign of a masterpiece must lie in the number of possible interpretations inherent in it.” Raymond Bisha Read More ...
Listening Guide The Works Violin Concerto Movement 1 Movement 2 Movement 3 Symphony No. 5: Wine of Summer Symphony No. 6: Sinfonia Tragica Three Pieces From Turandot Andante Moderato Allegro Molto Allegro Vivo The Cenci: Preludio Tragico English Suite No. 5: Rustic Scenes Trotting To Market Reverie The Restless Stream Village Revels
Listening Guide The Works Comedy Overture: Tinker’s Wedding Fantastic Variations On An Old Rhyme Con Moto E Espressione Allegro Vivace Part 5 Festal Dance Songs, Op. 6 Sorrow Song The Message Farewell Comedy Overture: Doctor Merryheart Theme Variation 1: Whimsies and Sunshadows Variation 2: Smiles and Storms Variation 3: Dreams, Asleep In The Arms of […]
With Lew Smoley & Howard Nevison
With Lew Smoley, and Maria Noriega Rachwal
Listening Guide The Works shchedrin The Seagull: Act 2 Preludio XIV Preludio XV Preludio XVI Preludio XVII Interludio Preludio XVIII Preludio XIX Preludio XX Preludio XXI Preludio XXII Preludio XXIII Preludio XXIV Postludio Constant Nana Symphony I – La Rencontre II – La Bourse III – Pas De Deux IV – Quadrilles V – A […]
With Lew Smoley, and Benjamin Zander
Listening Guide The Works Gerhard Dances From Don Quixote Debussy Fall Of The House Of Usher Koechlin Le Buisson Ardent (Jean Christophe) Hermann Moby Dick Chorus: And God Created Whales Ishmael: At Last Anchor Was Up Ahab: Yonder, By The Everrimming Goblet’s Rim Chorus: Hist, Let’s Have a Jig Ishmael: It Was A Clear Steel-Blue […]
For 17 years, 'From the Top' has been showcasing some of America's best classical talent. On Nov. 13, host Christopher O'Riley brings his show to The Ordway Center for a live taping. The episode will feature three alumni from Classical MPR's Minnesota Varsity.
Composer Max Zelle from St. Paul, Minn. was a 2016 Minnesota Varsity Featured Composer. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his latest news.
Get a free MP3 of Claude Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, performed by South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden.
Soup's on! With the crisp fall weather creeping in, this week's Moveable Feast is focused on booya.
Max Reger's music is a playful kaleidoscope of autumn colors. From a May Twin Cities American Guild of Organists' Reger Centenary concert, clarinetist Paul Schimming and pianist Stephen Self perform the Clarinet Sonata No. 1 by Max Reger
A new survey from Sesame Workshop found that parents and teachers worry a lot about kindness -- what it looks like, how to cultivate it and why there isn't enough of it in the world.
Get a free MP3 of Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto: III. Allegro, ma non tanto, performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Prince's legal family portrait is coming into focus as the process to establish his estate's heirs moves toward a conclusion. Millions of dollars are at stake.
A Minnesota Public Radio documentary celebrates Bob Dylan's life and music. It's called "Boy from the North Country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota."