Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the power of ballet and her memories of watching choreographer George Balanchine bring the music of Tchaikovsky to life with the New York City Ballet.
A new album of the Estonian composer's four symphonies trace the path of a brave artist who risked throwing it all away to reinvent himself.
Stephanie Richards' trumpet sounds like deep space wrapped around your head, a flood in the endless void.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the work Tuesday at Carnegie Hall. He based the composition on recorded sounds, including the sizzle of a cheesesteak.
This week's batch of essential new songs includes a curiously gorgeous piano piece from Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds, the punk band Abuse Of Power, summery psych-pop from Whyte Horses and more.
Hear a quick run thru some of the best full-albums out today, including the scorching punk of Dark Times, rap phenom Cardi B, pop singer Kylie Minogue's country turn, Hop Along, Wye Oak and more.
This week's new mix features a profound Tiny Desk Contest entry, "dorky" electropop from Australian group Confidence Man, an intimate paean to different loves from Forth Wanderers and more.
A video premiere from violinist Olivia De Prato offers ecstatic music by Missy Mazzoli with an enigmatic take, by director James Darrah, on the evening prayer service.
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 ...
Ralph van Raat performs fiendishly difficult transcriptions for solo piano of two of the most important orchestral works of the early 20th century: Debussy’s symphonic sketches La mer, and Stravinsky’s score for the ballet The Rite of Spring. Raymond Bisha guides us through the transformation of these works from orchestral complexity to pianistic élan. Read More ...
Conductor JoAnn Falletta discusses the Buffalo Philharmonic’s latest recording of Hungarian music with broadcaster Peter Hall. Zoltán Kodály wrote major orchestral scores that were deeply enriched by his researches into Hungarian folk music, not least the heritage of gypsy music. The recording’s programme comprises Dances of Galánta and Dances of Marosszék, both full of swagger Read More ...
The Australian born composer and pianist Percy Grainger (1882–1961) maintained a lifelong affection for the wind band as a performance medium for his works. “As a vehicle of deeply emotional expression,” he once said, “it seems to me unrivalled.” Grainger’s initial commitment to the ensemble was hands-on: during a stay in London in 1901 he Read More ...
Onutė Narbutaitė came of age as a composer in the 1980s in Soviet-occupied Lithuania where, along with other artists, she strove to maintain a cultural environment of silent resistance behind a stifling iron curtain. This artistic, political stance was to produce haunting, mesmerising music crowned by Narbutaitė’s unique stamp of a truly arresting listening experience. Read More ...
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 […]
With Lew Smoley, and Dennis Rooney
With Lew Smoley
With Lew Smoley, and Michael Bral
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Howard Nevison The Works Allmächt’ge Jungfrau (Elizabeth) Flagstad Schech Harshaw Brouwenstijn Grummer De Los Angeles Silja Nilsson Wie Todesahnung Dämmerung. . .O Du meine holder Abendstern Tibet Husch Bonelli London Part 1 Part 2 Fischer-Dieskau Rome Narrative Melchior (Janssen) Vinay (London) Windgassen (Bumbery) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Howard Nevison The Works Dich teure Halle (Elizabeth) Maria Muller Flagstad Rethberg Bampton Varnay Marianne Schech Margaret Harshaw Rysanek Grummer De Los Angeles Silja O Fürstin!. . .Gepreisen, sie die Stunde Melchior and Flagstad Lorenz Reining Vinay and Harshaw Windgassen and Nilsson Dich treff’ ich hier in dieser Halle […]
Get a free MP3 of Johann Sebastian Bach - French Suite No. 1: I. Allemande, performed by Wolfgang Rubsam, piano. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
Relive the Eric Whitacre Singers' stunning 2017 performance at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The program, 'Music for Sacred Spaces,' includes works by Eric Whitacre, Bach, Allegri, and more. Listen now.
Join Brian Newhouse and composer and conductor Eric Whitacre for music and conversation this week on Brian's Picks. Whitacre shares recordings of two of his arrangements as well as his recent setting of E. E. Cummings' iconic poem, 'I Carry Your Heart.'
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In their new release 'Infinity,' Denver vocal ensemble Kantorei and conductor Joel Rinsema explore the music of Kim Andre Arnesen. Enter the giveaway for the new CD!
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Welcome to Major Themes, a new monthly feature in which classical stations and programs around the country recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening with them. For our first installment, we checked in with friends in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, as well as the producers of Performance Today.
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Pipa player Gao Hong and oud player Issam Rafea will perform together Wednesday night at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
40 years ago this week, comedian Steve Martin performed a song on Saturday Night Live that was released a week later as a single which sold over a million copies.
What many consider Minnesota's first rock and roll record, the Augie Garcia Quintet's "Hi Yo Silver," featured James "Cornbread" Harris on piano when it was recorded in 1955. Harris turns 91 today. He still performs regularly and tonight he'll be playing at a birthday party in his honor at the Grand Cafe in Minneapolis. Last year, Harris stopped by our studios and spoke with Tom Weber and Andrea Swensson. While he was here he played a song called "Cool Rider." Harris says he wrote it about the aspirations he had for his son who would become the highly successful record producer Jimmy Jam Harris.
Bill Murray and a classical trio featuring world-renowned cellist Jan Vogler will be performing Friday, April 20 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
The settlement involves a Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid painkiller for Prince a week before the musician died from a fentanyl overdose. The Carver County Attorney's Office is expected to speak at 11:30 a.m. about any possible criminal charges tied to the inquiry.