To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, a far-reaching playlist of off-the-beaten-orbit tracks for your space travels.
A recent Pop Culture Happy Hour trip to New York took the team to see Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera. A jester in a rat pack? We saw it.
Menzi Mngoma is hoping that the exposure will help him further his dream of becoming an international singing sensation who doesn't have to drive for Uber.
Rider University had planned to sell Westminster Choir College to the China-based Kaiwen Education, but now says it will only move Westminster out of its valuable property in Princeton, N.J.
Augustin Hadelich dazzles in an album of odd bedfellows, which pairs Johannes Brahms' romantic war horse with György Ligeti's modernist stunner.
New York City Opera has commissioned Stonewall, a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.
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Contract and salary negotiations between musicians and management have stalled, leaving BSO players picketing outside their concert hall.
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 ...
Yvar-Emilian Mikhashoff (1941–1993) was an American pianist who collaborated with the publishing house Quadrivium Press to commission composers from all over the world to write piano pieces based on the tango dance form. An intriguing selection of those 100-plus commissions are performed on this Grand Piano release by Hanna Shybayeva, the works’ eclecticism reflected in Read More ...
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 […]
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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, […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Charles Villiers Stanford Songs Of The Sea, Drake’s Drum, Outward Bound, and O Devon Songs of the Fleet: The Song of the Sou’wester Songs of the Fleet: The Little Admiral Maude Valerie White So We’ll Go No More A-Roving My Soul Is An Enchanted Boat Elgar Queen Mary’s Song Ethyl […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 18 in A Allegro Andante Mesto Presto Andante Sostenuto Symphony No. 19 B.A.C.H Allegro Allegretto Grazioso Allegro Agitato Fuge Symphony No. 21 in a
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Twenty five years after he scored the original 'The Lion King,' which won an Oscar, Hans Zimmer returns to Pride Rock to revisit the classic musical themes for a re-imagined tale.
This week on the Daily Download, we're featuring music about the sea. Get a free MP3 of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
The St. Olaf Band, under the direction of Timothy Mahr, performs an arrangement of a sacred work by Claudio Monteverdi that required both singing and playing. The instrumental lines in "Adoramus te, Christi" mimic and enhance the vocal lines for a modern take on this Baroque classic.
Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Sesame Street and Michael Tilson Thomas will be recognized for their lifetime contributions to the performing arts at a gala in December.
This week on the Daily Download, we're featuring music about the sea. Get a free MP3 of Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 1 "A Sea Symphony": I. Song for all Seas, all Ships. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
Check out our new podcast, Trilloquy! Hosts Garrett McQueen and Scott Blankenship bring you true and real stories from the fringes of classical music every week. Now available in your favorite podcast portal!
Somber and meditative music makes for a contemplative edition of Extra Eclectic this week. Steve Seel features bracing music by Bryce Dessner, whose Aheym (a Yiddish word meaning "homeword") describes his memories of learning about his Jewish ancestry in his youth. Steve also features powerful works by New York classical innovator Michael Gordon, maverick composer/improviser Ingram Marshall, and much, much more.
Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago Thursday on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice.