The adventuresome ensemble, along with a science-friendly composer, transforms the rare solar event into music in real time.
Musicians are protesting the invitation extended to radio host Dennis Prager to guest conduct; they say Prager is "deeply bigoted." But music director Guido Lamell says: "Music trumps politics."
Known as La Divina — "The Divine One" — Callas was an indelible presence whose artistry made her the icon and envy of performers across many genres.
The famous 89-year-old pianist has spent a lifetime perfecting Chopin. Along the way, the composer has reached out from the great beyond in a few startling ways.
"Light Blooms In Hollow Space" isn't overly complicated — no need to overthink the quiet power of a musically evocative space and the heart-melting melody that overtakes it.
The Apple co-founder's complicated story is the subject of The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs , by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. It premieres Saturday in Santa Fe.
Three hundred years ago, England's embattled King George I decided to divert public attention from the country's woes with a big musical party on the River Thames.
High-school students hoping to go pro, adult amateurs and professors of the instrument all gather annually at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire.
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 ...
Raymond Bisha introduces the latest release in the Naxos Guitar Laureate series. The featured performer is Xavier Jara, winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, adding to the artist’s ongoing string of successes. The acoustic guitar has an ancestry that can be traced back thousands of years; this recording presents music from the Read More ...
Heitor Villa-Lobos is probably the best known of all South American composers. His contribution to Brazilian music—in education, in community projects, in the concert hall—was all-pervasive. Raymond Bisha drops in on Naxos’ ongoing project to record all his symphonies in a new edition that was launched in 2011 by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s publishing Read More ...
Published in 1638, Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals reflects a genius at the height of his powers and parades an incredible emotional range, from bold proclamations to a beauty and sensuousness that’s almost painful in its intensity. Raymond Bisha introduces the latest recording from the Italian instrumental and vocal ensemble Delitiæ Musicæ, under their founding Read More ...
The first performance of the orchestral version of Dvořák’s Mass in D was given at London’s Crystal Palace in 1892. That same year also saw the premiere of his Te Deum in New York, a commission from the founder of the American National Conservatory, Jeanette Thurber, who also instigated the composer’s three-year residency in the Read More ...
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
With Lew Smoley
Listening Guide The Works Flagello Symphony No. 2 1st movement 2nd movement 3rd movement Washburn Symphony For Band Ticheli Symphony No. 2 Shooting Stars Dreams Under A New Moon Apollo Unleashed Maslanka Symphony No. 4
Listening Guide The Works Persichetti Symphony For Band Adagio – Allegro Adagio Sostenuto Allegretto Vivace Reed Fifth Symphony Moderately and Sustained; Allegro Assai Freely, Quasi Recitative; Lento Allegro Molto Con Fuoco Erickson Third Symphony Allegro Moderato Largo Allegro Con Brio Corigliano Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus Introitus Screen, Siren Channel Surfing Night Music 1 Night […]
With Lew Smoley, and Dennis Rooney
"The Princess Bride", a love story based on William Goldman's novel, became a rare success and cult classic after being turned into a movie in 1987. It is considered one of the greatest comedies and romances in cinematic history.
In The Hubble Cantata, composer Paola Prestini and librettist Royce Vavrek explore themes of life and loss.
The town of Wabasha, Minn., is situated along the Mississippi River and is home to the National Eagle Center. And whether in Wabasha itself or en route, there are plenty of other attractions and delightful places to eat.
Get a free MP3 of Max Bruch - Scottish Fantasy: IV. Finale, performed by Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Maxim Fedotov, violin.
The Knight Foundation has announced the finalists for the fourth annual Knight Arts Challenge. In 2017, the foundation is granting $7.8 million to arts projects in each of four cities: Akron, Ohio; Detroit; Miami; and St. Paul.
Get a free MP3 of Franz Schubert - Piano Trio "Notturno", performed by Villa Musica Ensemble; Leonard Hokanson, piano.
Enjoy Aspen Public Radio's penultimate Festival Showcase for the 2017 summer music festival season with great conversations with bassist Edgar Meyer, trombonist John Rojak and world-class cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
What if Mozart went to Havana? Simone Dinnerstein decided to find out. Dinnerstein traveled to Cuba at the invitation of Solomon Mikowsky -- the result of which is a recording of works by Mozart with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra.
The group makes a tasting menu part of the story, and brings bones for the dogs who may be part of the audience.
Handlers for the estate of Prince have struck their newest deal.
Williams grew up in Arkansas and Ohio, but moved to the Twin Cities after World War II. He taught in the St. Paul Public Schools for many years.
Williams, 26 says his father was an '80s hair band fan. It was his grandfather who introduced him to the outlaw country music that became his musical inspiration.