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The women — eight singers and a dancer — told The Associated Press that the opera titan tried to pressure them into sexual relationships by offering them jobs.
University of Michigan memos obtained by NPR detail multiple, serious allegations, including an accusation that Daniels solicited students in exchange for money — a potentially criminal offense.
The Metropolitan Opera suspended, and then fired, Levine after several men came forward with accusations that the conductor had sexually abused them.
Isata Kanneh-Mason, one of seven siblings in a British family bursting with promising music careers, showcases the long-overlooked music of Clara Schumann on her debut.
Daniels and his husband, Scott Walters, are both accused of drugging and raping a man in Houston in May 2010. Daniels is also being accused of drugging and raping another man in Michigan in 2017.
Based on former federal prosecutor Mark Godsey's book of the same title, the new opera Blind Injustice draws on detailed interviews with exonerees to put America's criminal justice system on trial.
The new opera by Tazewell Thompson and Jeanine Tesori tells the story of a couple in Harlem who are forced to confront their teenage son's sudden death by police violence.
Raymond Bisha and composer Derek Bermel discuss the latter’s Migrations, a 3-work programme that observes the universal phenomenon of human transit through an eclectic mix of styles: Migration series depicts the movement of African Americans from the south to the north of the United States in search of a better life during the first half of the 20th Read More ...
As Naxos reaches Vol. 19 of its 23-volume edition of the music of John Philip Sousa, Raymond Bisha talks with the musical director of the project, Keith Brion, a world authority on Sousa’s music, who conducts throughout.
For those unfamiliar with the name of Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky, Raymond Bisha’s podcast presents the composer’s calling card as the ‘father of the Soviet symphony’. Having lived from 1881 to 1950, Myaskovsky spent all his life under the restrictive influence of Joseph Stalin, yet managed to produce 27 symphonies that preserved his individual voice. This Read More ...
Raymond Bisha talks with Barthold Kuijken about the historical perspective and informed interpretation behind a new release of Baroque flute concertos that feature Kuijken as soloist, accompanied by the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. View album details of The Grand Mogul – BLAVET, M. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / TELEMANN, G.P. at naxos.com Catalogue No.: Read More ...
Raphaël Feuillâtre, winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s 2018 International Concert Artist Competition, shares his success with the public through this attractively varied programme; a recording contract with Naxos forms part of the winner’s bundle of opportunities each year. Raymond Bisha presents his selection of intimate compositions. View album details of Guitar Recital: Read More ...
There are scintillating sounds aplenty in our new release of orchestral works by Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987). Raymond Bisha introduces a programme of two overtures and a pair of symphonies by the Russian composer who endeavoured to position himself as both a progressive and a conservative during his country’s difficult Soviet era. The performances are by Read More ...
This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series presents a selection of soporific representations by composers down the centuries, from John Dowland to Benjamin Britten. The presenter is Richard Kennedy.
Complementing the artist line-up of Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony on this recording are the Violins of Hope, a poignant collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. Jonathan Leshnoff wrote his Symphony No. 4 with this unique set of orchestral voices in mind; Raymond Bisha introduces the performance and the background to its Read More ...
Manuel de Falla is renowned as the greatest Spanish composer of the early 20th century, whose genius rested in part on his ability to meld diverse stylistic, folk or literary influences into distinctive new musical languages, forging masterworks that would ultimately become cultural emblems of his homeland. Raymond Bisha presents a new release of a Read More ...
The Icelandic singer/composer Björk released her concept album Vespertine in 2001. Raymond Bisha introduces a new audio recording of an opera that was born of that release. The inherent theatricality of Björk’s original was the inspiration for an expert creative team to effect the transition from studio to stage, from sound tracks to symphonic support. Read More ...
With Lew Smoley
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Speight Concerto For Clarinet and Orchestra: Melodious Birds Sing Madrigals Eiriksdottir Sinfonietta Land Possessed by Poems Someone I Have Seen, Act II Olafsson Three Worlds According To One Thordarson Oh Yellow Wonderworld Thorkelsdottir Greetings Thorvaldsdottir Aequa Scape Aequilibria Fields
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Runolfsson Suite: On Crossroads East North South West Bjornsson Romanza For Violin and Orchestra Nordal Leidsla Choralis Thorarinsson Styr Notturno Capriccioso Symphony No. 2 Sigurbjornsson Hans Variations Sveinsson Time and Water (excerpts) Time and Water Intermezzo Water Flowing Heaven Rains For Me Intermezzo X Flowing Water (conclusion)
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Sveinbjornsson Two Piano Pieces Idylle Vikivaki Isolfsson Festival Overture Althing Cantata Parts 1 and 2 Parts 3 and 4 Leifs Icelandic Overture Icelandic Folk Songs Largo Maestoso Allegretto Allegro Presto Andante Allegretto Allegro Molto Maestoso Ed Energico Allegro E Molto Ritmico Tempo Di Marcia E Grandioso Allegro Allegro Giocoso Galdra […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Part 1 Part 2 Finzi Before and After Summer Channel Firing Epeisodia I Said To Love Two Lips I Said To Love In Years Defaced To A Poet A Thousand Years Hence When I Set Out For Lyonnesse In Years Defaced Proud Songsters Let Us Bring Garlands Come Away In, […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley John Ireland Sea Fever Songs of the Wayfarer When Daffodils Begin To Peer I Will Walk On The Earth When Lights Go Rolling ‘Round The Sky Hope The Hornblower Marigold Dear, Think Not That They Will Forget You Individual Songs If There Were Dreams To Sell When I Am Dead, […]
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NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Patricia Wulf, a mezzo-soprano who says she was uncomfortable with aggressive advances made by revered opera star Placido Domingo.
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