Classical music has a gatekeeping problem. Through her label-defying music and commitment to mentorship, Mazzoli is fighting to correct that.
The legendary opera diva is on tour, as a hologram, with a live orchestra. But behind the dramatic music, truth and fiction are blurred.
Slingshot, VuHaus public radio stations and NPR Music's emerging artist series, spotlighted 40 artists over the course of the past 10 months. Now it's time for you to tell us your favorite.
A new video, co-directed by actress Tilda Swinton, breaks the joy meter, as her vivacious dogs frolic to the strains of a Handel opera.
For decades, Cologne-based violinist Geoffry Wharton has played jazzy crowd-pleasing encores written in the 1930s by an obscure composer, Audrey Call. Wharton discovered a spooky connection with her.
For the second time in just over two months, famed opera star David Daniels has been accused of drugging and then sexually assaulting a young singer.
The Cleveland Orchestra announced on Wednesday afternoon that it has fired concertmaster William Preucil and principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for multiple alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.
Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, one of the 2018 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship, speaks about his work in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and what's next.
The three newly published pieces on this recording were written in the decade following Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s flight to the United States in 1939 in the wake of the proclamation of anti-Jewish laws by Italy’s fascist regime. The programme includes his Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Piano (1939–40), written for no less a figure than Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces a programme of orchestral music by Alfred Bruneau (1857-1934), a composition student of Jules Massenet and one of the most important yet overlooked figures in turn-of-the-century French musical life. Bruneau’s desire for theatrical realism in his operas mirrored the literary aspirations of his friend Émile Zola. Conductor Darrell Ang and the Barcelona Read More ...
The last decade in the life of Austrian composer Frank Schreker (1878-1934) proved a tragic conclusion to his hitherto highly successful career as a teacher, conductor, administrator and composer. In the mid-1920s critics were bearing down on him for failing to step in line with developing compositional styles; by the 1930s his work had come Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces composer-pianist-academic Tanya Ekanayaka through a new release of music for solo piano, composed and performed by herself. The twelve ‘prisms’ derive their stylistic inspiration from a variety of sources that include classical, contemporary, pop, rock, world and film music. The fusion of styles in each movement is rooted in the folk and Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces a new release of music by three Baroque titans: Lully, Telemann and Rameau. The latter two were hugely influenced by the music of Lully, who was powerfully positioned as the chief musician of King Louis XIV of France. Lully left a rich legacy of dramatic music scored for orchestra. It left an Read More ...
Invented during the early part of the nineteenth century, the accordion’s popularity soon soared and has been sustained ever since by its adaptability to many styles of music, from folk to heavy metal. Virtuoso performer Hanzhi Wang presents an intriguing compilation of classical works from Denmark, where numerous composers have followed the example of Per Read More ...
Kenneth Fuchs celebrates a 15-year association with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra upon the release of these world premiere recordings of three concertos (respectively for piano, electric guitar and alto saxophone) and a song cycle for countertenor and orchestra. Variety is the hallmark of the works’ scoring, while an easy-sounding mastery is Read More ...
Born in Hungary in 1894, Eugene Zádor moved to the USA in 1939 and remained there as a naturalised citizen until his death. He left a sizeable catalogue of works that includes more than 120 film scores, 13 operas and a wide variety of concert music. Zádor has been described as a classicist, a romantic Read More ...
Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner (1791–1856) was a much admired figure in his day, referred to glowingly by such distinguished musicians as Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn, who acknowledged respectively his gift for composing operas and his skill as an orchestral conductor. Like the 21 operas he wrote, Lindpaintner himself has since been virtually forgotten, which Read More ...
Raymond Bisha introduces a new release of three American orchestral triumphs in stunning performances by the youthful ranks of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic under GRAMMY Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller. Carl Ruggles’ Sun-treader, Steven Stucky’s Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 and John Harbison’s Symphony No. 4 constitute the programme’s towering trio of symphonic masterpieces. Read More ...
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Stephen Brown The Works Das Susse Lied Verhallt Flagstadd, Melchior Volker, Muller Konya, Grummer Windgassen, Nilsson Frage Scene: Höchstes Vertrau’n Flagstadd, Melchior Volker, Muller Habt Dank Heinrich Frick Manowarda Talvela, Ludwig In Fernem Land Wittrisch Volker King Bjoerling Aureliano Pertile (In Italian) Del Monaco (In Italian) Ticho Parly Mein […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Stephen Brown The Works Erhebe Dich Schorr Berry, Ludwig Weisst Du, Wer Dieser Held Schorr, Lawrence Du Wilde Seherin! Sved, Thorborg Weisst Du, Wer Dieser Held (French) Singher, Lawrence Euch Luften, Die Mein Klagen Lehmann Tebaldi Grummer, Ludwig, Fischer Dieskau Bjoner, Varnay, Neidlinger Entweihte Gotter, Helft Jetzt Meiner Rache! […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley, and Stephen Brown The Works Heernrufer Warren Fisher-Dieskau Mastromei Telramund, Dank Konig Schorr Udhe Vinay Elsa’s Dream Lehmann Flagstad Einsam In Trübe Tagen Crespin De Los Angeles Elsa’s Dream Rysanek Lohengrin’s Appearance and Question Melchior and Varney, part 1 Part 2 Maison and Hoerner, part 1 Part 2 Windgassen and […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Jardanyi Vorosmarty Symphony Hazadnak rendületenül Virag es pillango Hova merült el szep szemed vilaga Herci dal A ven cigany Sarkozy Sinfonia Concertante Szollosy Music Per Orchestra Ligeti Le Grande Macabre: Scene 3 Piano Concerto No. 1 Vivace Molto Ritmico E Preciso 4th movement Vivace Cantabile Allegro Risoluito, Molto […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Lehar Hungarian Fantasy Bartok Kossuth Kodaly Psalmus Hungaricus 1st movement 2nd movement 3rd movement 4th movement Kalman Gypsy Princess Waltz Lajtha 3rd String Quartet Andante Allegro Commodo Poco Lento Vivo Weiner Suite of Hungarian Dances Zador Hungarian Capriccio Kadosa Symphony No. 4 Seiber Fantasie Concertante Farkas Old Hungarian […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Medieval Liturgical Music GLoria, Laus Et Honor Folk Music Isten Veled Bogyiszlo Faluja Dance Music: Verbunkos Ungarischer Tanz Ungarischer Tanz Adagio Presto Andante Ungarischer Tanz Zwei Ungarische Taentze Gypsy Music Old Gyspsy Lament, Verbunkos, and Fast Medley: Street of Acacias, The Rosebush Bends Wranicky Grand Symphony in C […]
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This week on the Choral Featured Album, we present 'Canticle,' the new release from the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Composer Eric Whitacre has always reached for the stars, in an ethereal, musical sense, but the latest incarnation of his 'Deep Field' project takes that concept to a new level. Watch his new film with NASA now.
Get a free MP3 of Adolphe Adam - Giselle: The Hunt. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
Guitarist Roy Clark, who died Thursday at 85, was known far and wide as the banjo-pickin' ace of the country-music TV show 'Hee Haw.' But he was a master musician who also had impressive classical chops, too. Here's the proof.
The Rose Ensemble is preparing for a series of concerts titled Empire, Religion, War, Peace: Music from Europe's 30 Year Conflict, 1618-1648. Jordan Sramek, artistic director of the Rose Ensemble, and Greg Ingles, director of the Dark Horse Consort, join Steve Staruch for a preview of this weekend's performances.
Get a free MP3 of Peter Tchaikovsky - The Seasons: The Hunt. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
This weekend, principal cellist Anthony Ross will perform Shostakovich's Second Cello Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra for the first time publicly. Hear it live at 8 p.m. Friday on Classical MPR.
On this episode of YourClassical Story, Robby Napoli from Hyattsville, Maryland, describes how a magical performance inspired him to start his own choir. What's YourClassical Story?