The composer and multi-instrumentalist's newly reissued 14th album is an intimate collection of brief solo piano compositions, first released in Japan in 1998 and hard to find since.
A new collaboration from Karen O and Danger Mouse, a fresh new beat from French producer FKJ and a new single from Jack White's The Raconteurs are among this month's favorites.
The warm-voiced, and much admired, singer eschewed the glitzy life of an opera star to concentrate on the art of vocal communication.
Hear the resourceful pianist trace 700 years of Western music, from the delicate medieval counterpoint of Guillaume de Machaut to the minimalism of Philip Glass.
The two were arrested Tuesday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and are awaiting extradition to Texas. A young singer has accused the pair of drugging and raping him in 2010.
A new recording spotlights the tenacious composer, who was the first African-American woman to have her work performed by a major symphony orchestra.
On her bustling third album, the former Carolina Chocolate Drops member maps her vision of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora while gently taking Anglocentricism (and capitalism) down a notch.
Baltimore Symphony music director Marin Alsop traces her discovery of the rollicking 75-minute symphony and the man behind the music.
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Torelli Concerto For Violin and Orchestra Marcello Violin Concerto in G Allegro Lerghetto Vivace ALbinoni Concerto No. 4, in A Allegro Adagio Allegro ALbinoni Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, in F Allegro Adagio Allegro Bonporti Concerto For Violin and Orchestra, in Bb Montinari Violin Concerto In Eb Adagio […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 16 1st Movement 2nd, 3rd, 4th Movements Symphony No. 17 1st Movement 2nd, 3rd, 4th Movements Symphony No. 19 1st and 2nd Movements 3rd and 4th Movements Symphony No. 20 Moderato Tranquillo Adagio Menuetto Reminiscenza Allegro Con Brio
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 8 Andante, Allegro Allegro Andante Allegro Energico Symphony No. 10 Dialogo, Allegro Moderato Tocatto Basso Ostinato, Allegro Ma Non Troppo Intermezzo, Andante Con Dolore Finale: Allegro Moderato Symphony No. 12 Moderato, Allegro Energico Sostenuto Con Vigore Andante Non Troppo Allegro Symphony No. 15 Movements 1, 2, […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 2 Adagio, Allegro Molto Andante Andante (Maestoso), Allegro Moderato Symphony No. 4: Atlantis Ira Dei, Legenda Posseidonia, Papylon Aedes Sacra Finis Symphony No. 6 Movements 1 and 2 Movements 3 and 4 Symphony No. 7 Movements 1 and 2 Movements 3 and 4
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Bantock Omar Khayyam Part 1: Prelude Wake! For The Sun, Who Scattered Into Flight Before The Phantom of False Morning Died And As The Cock Crew, Those Who Stood Before Now The New Year Reviving Old Desires Iram Indeed Is Gone With All His Rose Whether At Naishapur Or Babylon […]
With Lew Smoley, and Jeeyoon Kim
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Koechlin Persian Hours Sieste, Avant Le Depart La Caravane (Reve, Pendant La Sieste) L’Escalade Obscure Matin Frais, Dans La Haute Vallee En Vue De La Ville A Travers Les Rues Chant Du Soir Clair De Lune Sur Les Terrasses Aubade Roses Au Soleil De Midi A L’Ombre, Pres De La […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Felicien David Le Desert Part 1 Entry Into The Desert Song Of The Desert Appearance Of The Caravan Progress Of The Caravan A Storm In The Desert Calm Returns, and The Caravan Resumes Its Progress Part 2 The Star Of Venus Hymn To The Night Arabian Fantasy Dance Of The […]
Oftentimes, when the air is chilly, the sky is clear. And so it can be possible to enjoy some good star-gazing ... as long as your skin can take the cold. On this episode, Steve Seel features modern classical works on themes of stars and heavenly observation ... from "Polaris" by Thomas Ades to Joel Pucket's "The Shadow of Sirius" to the gorgeous "Musica Celestis" by Aaron Jay Kernis and more. In the second hour, Steve explores new classical works on the subject of love, in honor of Valentine's Day.
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The Treble Singers of Angelica Cantanti are in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. The ensemble is on its way to Kansas City to sing for the American Choral Directors Association national convention. Steve Staruch introduces the group and music director Philip Brown.
Sociologists speak of class envy, students of grade envy and Freudians of penis envy. But in the choral world (and what is the choral world, after all, but a trembling microcosm of the very world itself?), it's tenor envy that seethes just beneath the surface.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento died Wednesday at 91 in Minneapolis. Classical MPR director Brian Newhouse looks back fondly on a special moment with Argento and the composer's legacy.
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There are three pianists involved in making the music of the Oscar-nominated film 'Green Book.' The first is Don Shirley, who was popular in the 1950s and '60s. The second is actor Mahershala Ali, who portrays Shirley in the film but does not play piano. And the third is virtuoso pianist Kris Bowers, who does all the playing for Ali in the film.
Composers Datebook, the award-winning program about this day in classical music history, is giving away a copy of the acclaimed 'Beethoven: Complete Edition'! The lucky winner can choose the 85-disc boxed set or a digital download of this mega-collection.
Peter Tork, who studied at Carleton College in Northfield and later rose to teen-idol fame in 1966 playing the lovably clueless bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died. He was 77.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento died Wednesday. He was 91. Known for his eclectic range of work, he composed operas such as "Casanova's Homecoming", "The Dream of Valentino" and "Miss Havisham's Fire."
The mayor of Cremona, Italy, blocked traffic during five weeks of recording and asked residents to please keep quiet so master musicians could play four instruments -- note by note -- for posterity.