The acclaimed Concertgebouw Orchestra issued a warmly worded statement Tuesday saying its disagreements with the conductor have been resolved by both parties.
The Calidore String Quartet confirms that the centuries-old formula — two violins, a viola and a cello — is still very much alive and evolving.
Chief organist Olivier Latry looks ahead at the church's extensive renovation process after the Notre Dame cathedral fire on April 15.
On Orange , an album devoted entirely to her work, the young, Pulitzer-winning composer salutes a centuries-old genre.
The young composer's opera, which debuted at the Los Angeles Opera, was inspired by her own experience as a survivor of sexual assault.
The world-renowned cellist brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday.
The Gershwin estate stipulates that Porgy and Bess should be performed by an all-black cast. The Hungarian State Opera in Budapest reportedly asked its mostly white cast to say that they are black.
Nézet-Séguin uses every part of his body when he conducts — including his eyes, eyebrows, shoulders and feet. He's the music director at New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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 ...
Berlioz left us a number of Shakespeare-inspired works, chief among them his masterpiece Roméo et Juliette. The work took a decade to complete and is cast in an innovative form, a kind of ‘super-symphony’ that incorporates elements of symphony, opera and oratorio. Raymond Bisha introduces this new recording by Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National Read More ...
Raymond Bisha presents a pair of vividly contrasting ballet scores by Aaron Copland, superbly performed by Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Grohg immediately suggested itself as the basis for a ballet after Copland attended a screening of Nosferatu, the popular German silent horror film, in 1922; the story-line of a vampire magician able Read More ...
This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series documents the musical settings of works by Rudyard Kipling, the English journalist, poet and novelist. The presenter is Richard Kennedy.
Raymond Bisha introduces the fifth and final volume in our series of recordings of guitar music by Agustín Barrios, the virtuoso Paraguayan guitarist and composer who was one of the first guitarists to understand the potential of making recordings. Sometimes referred to as ‘the Paganini of the guitar from the jungles of Paraguay’, his music Read More ...
Born in 1887, Florence Beatrice Price went on to become one of the first prominent African-American composers. Following a move to Chicago in 1927, her career as a composer took off, not least following the award of several prizes intended to support black composers. This success brought her to the attention of the director of Read More ...
Franz Liszt was one of music history’s first superstars, whose stunning technique and charismatic stage presence facilitated his development of the solo piano concert format. This release puts his 12 Transcendental Studies centre stage, where they share the spotlight with award-winning pianist Boris Giltburg, an emerging superstar in his own right whose pianism clothes Liszt’s Read More ...
Romuald Twardowski was born in Lithuania in 1930. He pursued post-graduate studies in Poland before becoming a student of Nadia Boulanger in Paris. The works on this new release, for violin and orchestra, cover a fascinating spectrum of styles. From his Spanish Fantasy, to music written for young performers (not that you’d guess it from the Read More ...
Guitar Gala Night comprises performances by the Amadeus Guitar Duo and the Duo Gruber & Maklar in a programme that’s a veritable variety show, combining original compositions with arrangements for one, two and four guitars. Ranging from the abstract to the descriptive, the earliest piece (1612) represents dance music by Michael Praetorius, while the most Read More ...
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
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 8 in c sharp minor Allegro Molto E Passianato Symphony No. 9 – Bitonal Symphony No. 10 in D – Walzersymphonie For Orchestra Allegro Con Spirito Symphony No. 15 in f sharp minor Poco Allegro Sostenuto Poco Allegretto Piacevole Lento Andante, Animato, Allegro Vivace
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Symphony No. 3 in c Allegro Molto E Passianato Andante Un Poco Sostenuto Presto Feroce Largamente, Allegro, Largamente Symphony No. 4: Symphonietta Humoristica Vivace Giocoso Con Molto E Con Delicatezza Allegro Non Troppo E Marcato Allegro, Un Poco Sostenuto, Più Vivace E Scherzando, Tempo I, Più Vivace Symphony […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Marcello Concerto A Cinque For Violin and Orchestra in D Veracini Violin Concerto in A Allegro Grave Allegro Tartini Concerto For Violin, Strings, and Continuo in Bb Grave Allegro Largo Allegro Locatelli Concerto De Chiesa in c Grave Andante, Adagio Vivace, Adagio Largo Largo Andante, Adagio Leo Concerto […]
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, […]
Kristina Boerger is the new director of the Augsburg Choir. In this week's Regional Spotlight is a performance of "O Magnum Mysterium," by contemporary Dutch composer Huub de Lange.
Get a free MP3 of Otto Nicolai - Merry Wives of Windsor: O susser Mond. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
This week on New Classical Tracks, cellist Hee-Young Lim shares insights into how her many years spent studying in France and her love of French culture inspired her to record an album featuring all French composers. Enter our giveaway for her new CD!
Get a free MP3 of Giuseppe Verdi - Otello: Act III Ballabile. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
Richard and Pauline Strauss would have made good TV, even today. Jade Simmons, host of our new podcast Decomposed, writes of the complicated relationship between the couple and how we tell the stories of women in classical music history.
Our new podcast Decomposed has covered the dynamics of two classical power couples in its first two episodes -- Robert and Clara Schumann, and Richard and Pauline Strauss. Here are six other classical music power couples you might not have known.
Minnesota Orchestra clarinetist Tim Zavadil will be giving the North American premiere of 'Prometheus,' a work featuring bass clarinet, by Geoffrey Gorden. Hear it live at 8 p.m. Friday on Classical MPR.
Get a free MP3 of Peter Tchaikovsky - The Tempest. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!
The Prince Estate has announced plans to release Originals, another album of previously unreleased tracks -- many of which were hits for other artists -- he recorded between 1981 and 1991.
"'The Beautiful Ones' is the deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a kid absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and the fame that would come to define him," Random House announced.
Chief organist Olivier Latry shares recordings of music played on Notre Dame Cathedral's famed organ — and looks ahead to the church's extensive renovation process after the fire on April 15.
British singer/songwriter Billy Bragg is in Minneapolis for his "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" tour. On each stop of the tour he is playing three nights.
Plus, Art Hounds recommend an ice-skating performance inspired by black social dances and an Earth Day singalong with Dan Chouinard.