Watch a short film about the revered artist who liberated color photography in the 1970s. Now, at age 78, his lifelong passion for music is revealed in his very first album release.
Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.
Get lost in 15 alluring electroacoustic landscapes from an innovative, intrepid ensemble from West Michigan.
Ka Baird's hypnotic flute playing is looped into a wordless mantra, "a back and forth between the material and spiritual," she tells NPR.
The wide-ranging composer, drummer, pianist and trombonist has been defying easy category since childhood. Now only 37 years old, he's just getting started.
The director's innovative production of Hopscotch , which unfolds across the city of Los Angeles, deploys over 125 performers, six composers and a fleet of limousines.
Members of the Danish String Quartet take a break from Beethoven and Brahms to focus on the vibrant, and sometimes wistful, folk music of their Nordic homeland.
Watch the young piano virtuoso everyone's talking about, Daniil Trifonov, work his considerable magic on Chopin's Fantasy-Impromptu.
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 ...
Born in the United States in 1915, Vincent Persichetti’s contribution to music education eventually led him to a professorship at the Juilliard School of Music. Along the way, he composed prolifically for the harpsichord, including sonatas and other works, which rendered him one of the 20th century’s most important composers for the instrument. Raymond Bisha Read More ...
Born in 1729, the Spanish composer Antonio Soler entered holy orders aged 23 and died in his monastery in 1783, aged 54. Considering the fact that the order to which he belonged observed silence and solitude, it’s remarkable that he produced more than 500 works which clamour to be heard, including over 200 keyboard sonatas. Read More ...
This first full-length album of music by Mark Nowakowski affords a deeply affecting experience: the fusion of the composer’s Polish heritage and that country’s defiant survival of historical upheavals, his American upbringing, the influence of Catholic philosophy and mysticism, masterful playing by the Voxare String Quartet, and an ingenious use of mixed media. Raymond Bisha Read More ...
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 […]
With Lew Smoley
With Lew Smoley, Lolita Ritmanis, and Amy Andersson
Listening Guide The Works Leroy Anderson Serenata Horse & Buggy A Trumpeter’s Lullaby Song Of The Bells Summer Skies Promenade Sleigh Ride The Pussy Foot (From Goldilocks) Home Stretch Blue Tango Bugler’s Holiday Sandpaper Ballet Phantom Regiment Lady In Waiting (Ballet Music) Sarabande Fiddle-Faddle Girl In Satin The Typewriter The Waltzing Cat Plink, Plank, Plunk […]
Listening Guide The Works Grainger Molly On the Shore Binge Elizabeth Serenade Sailing By Quilter Where The Rainbow Ends Suite Rainbow Land Will ‘O The Wisp Rosamund Fairy Frolic Goblin Forest Torch On A Spring Note Shortcake Walk Tomlinson English Folk Dances, 2nd suite: excerpts Kettledrum Chipping Lane Up Goes Eli Love-in-a-Mist Catch Me If […]
Listening Guide The Works Phillips Revelry Overture German Merrie England Hornpipe Minuet Rustic Dance Jig Ketelbey In Holiday Mood Promenade Down The Stream Illuminated Fete Tangled Tunes Part 1 Part 2 Coates London Suite Covent Garden Westminster Knightsbridge Wood Moods Suite No. 6: Joyousness, Concert Waltz Roses Of Picardy Berners The Triumph Of Neptune Harlequinade […]
With Lew Smoley, Dennis Rooney, and Sedgwick Clark
Chase Bernard from Bloomington, Minn. was a Minnesota Varsity 2015 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his latest news.
In its new release, the Gaechinger Cantorey performs two cantatas and a mass by J.S. Bach.
Get a free MP3 of Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9: IV. Finale, performed by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Jordan Cox is a film composer and orchestrator. Cox's 'A Poem for Autumn' takes its name and inspiration from Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen's original work. On this week's Regional Spotlight, Marleen Pauley conducts the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra in a performance of this vividly colorful work.
Saturday, Oct. 21 is Woodwind and Piano Day 2017 at Bemidji State, a full day of performances, workshops and instrument-specific classes with the help of esteemed BSU woodwind and piano faculty. Classical MPR's Alison Young recently welcomed eight BSU faculty-member musicians into the studio for performance and conversation ahead of Saturday's event.
Get a free MP3 of Edward Elgar - Sospiri, performed by English Northern Philharmonia.
About three years ago, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard invited guitarist Sharon Isbin to collaborate on Spanish songs. They recently captured their experience on a new recording titled 'Alma Espanola,' which means 'Spanish Soul.'
Get a free MP3 of Ludwig van Beethoven - Romance No. 2, performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Takako Nishizaki, violin.
Forty years ago, shortly after their "Street Survivors" album came out, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed and six others were severely injured in a plane crash.
It tells the story of a teenage couple on a date at the movies who fall asleep and don't wake up until 4 a.m., way past their curfew. Don Everly reported that the song had been banned in Boston when it first came out because it was considered sexually suggestive.
The Violent Femmes are playing a sold-out show Wednesday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Timberwolves begin a new season Wednesday night when they take on the Spurs in San Antonio.
While it's often thought of as a song about facing your challenges head-on, Whitesnake leader David Coverdale actually wrote it to describe his feelings at the end of his first marriage.