Watch an excerpt from The Unchanging Sea , the latest commingling of filmmaker Bill Morrison's decaying reels of silent film and Michael Gordon's undulating music.
If the celebrated cellist could soundtrack his life, the music would be J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma explains why they mean the world to him while he played the music at the NPR offices.
Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.
The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first major U.S. orchestra to play in Soweto, South Africa. The orchestra's tour of the country grew out of its conductor's work with youth orchestras there.
Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has fired Daniele Gatti after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced in a Washington Post article. The orchestra says more women have come forward since then.
America's top orchestras are programming little or no music by women. Philadelphia has now included two works by female composers. A month ago it had zero.
William Preucil, the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, was suspended on Friday due to sexual misconduct allegations. He has now resigned from one of the nation's top music schools.
The Santa Fe Opera is inviting "downwinders," locals affected by radiation from the testing of the first atomic bombs, on stage during performances of "Dr. Atomic ."
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 ...
The composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco moved from Italy to the US during the turmoil of the Second World War. That he should have been immediately befriended by such musical giants as violinist Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky speaks reams about the respect the Italian engendered. His Cello Concerto was commissioned by Piatigorsky, who premiered the Read More ...
Raymond Bisha helps turn the pages of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, following the release of Boris Giltburg’s fine performance of the work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. Noted for its length and technical difficulty, ‘Rach 3’ (its popular moniker) is reckoned to have more notes than all of Mozart’s Read More ...
Although storm clouds were starting to gather over Robert Schumann’s mental health in the years 1849–50, it proved a remarkably fertile period for his musical output, not least as reflected in works featuring the cello. The majority of the pieces on this new release were composed during that period, some with the instrumentation as originally Read More ...
The combined gifts of the extraordinary Brasil Guitar Duo and two eminent Latin American composers produce a depth of experience and rare musical beauty in two concertos for guitar duo. Cuban composer Leo Brouwer has written ten concertos for guitar, but The Book of Signs is his first for guitar duo. Paulo Bellinati’s Concerto Caboclo Read More ...
The new Naxos edition of Saint-Saëns’ works for piano and orchestra reaches its final volume with a recording of the composer’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, works described by soloist Romain Descharmes as “brilliant music that opens doors to a new world”. The Fourth Concerto showcases virtuosic music written by one of history’s most Read More ...
With Lew Smoley, and Suzanne Bona
With Lew Smoley, and Dennis Rooney
With Lew Smoley, Dennis Rooney, and Sedgwick Clark
A VALIANT EFFORT TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LISTEN TO BEETHOVEN’S NINTH: CRITICAL COMMENTARY ON A NEW RECORDING WITH THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND SOLOISTS (REBECCA EVANS, PATRICIA BARDON, ROBERT MURRAY AND DEREK WELTON] CONDUCTED BY BENJAMIN ZANDER (3-Brattle Media cds) By Lewis M. Smoley For time in memoriam, musicians, musicologists and music critics have […]
Listening Guide With Lew Smoley Josef Strauss Fantasiebilder Walzer Kakadu Quadrille Moulinet Eislauf Avantgarde Marsch Sport Polka Geheime Anziehungskräfte Walzer Les Georgiennes Hochzeit Klänge Schutzen Marsch Schabernack Polka Fashion Lancier Quadrille Frauenwürde Spharenklange Walzer Verliebte Augen Polka Francaise Jocus Polka Perlen Der Liebe, Concert Walzer Dorfschwalben Aus Osterreich Walzer Aquarellen Walzer Die Windsbraut Soll Und […]
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Listening Guide With Lew Smoley The Works Ballade in F# Allegretto Introduzione (Mesto) Finale (Allegro) Sonata in A Minor Sonata Reminiscenza in a Sonata Tragica Sonata Romantica in Bb Minor Romanza, Andantino Con Moto, Ma Sempre Espressivo Scherzo Allegro Meditazione, Andante Con Moto Finale: Allegro Non Troppo Sonata Minacciosa Allegro Sostenuto, Concentrando L’itsesso Tempo (Ma […]
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Michael Barone is celebrating a truly amazing 50 years with Minnesota Public Radio this month. Listen as he reminisces with John Birge about some of his favorite moments from the past five decades.
Want to share the work of your favorite young artist with the rest of the world? We're looking for kids' illustrations to feature in Classical Kids Storytime, our series of classic stories with a classical twist. Artwork for 'The Three Little Pigs' is due by Friday.
Saturday marked the final night of the Minnesota Orchestra's tour of South Africa. Dessa captured moments from the ensemble's last performance in Johannesburg.
Friday was a big night for the Minnesota Orchestra players -- maybe the most significant concert of the five they had planned in South Africa -- as they played at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto. Dessa was there to capture the scene.
Aug. 1 marked the birthday of film composer Jerome Moross -- best known for his soundtrack music composed for 1958's "The Big Country." On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel discusses Moross and that Academy Award-nominated score.
This week on the Choral Featured Album, the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, marks the centenary of the armistice of 1918 with choral works by Vaughan Williams.
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Minnesota Public Radio was a just fledgling radio station when Michael Barone first started working here. Barone celebrates fifty years at MPR on Monday, August 20.
Gospel and soul singer Candi Staton has a new album called "Unstoppable" which comes out later this week.
The Minnesota Orchestra played the most anticipated concert of its South African tour Friday in the historic Regina Mundi church in Soweto.
The memorial service for the Queen of Soul has not yet been scheduled. It's expected to be announced in the coming days with several events in her adopted hometown of Detroit.
Regina Mundi Catholic Church played a central role in the organizing and the protests that led to the end of apartheid. On Friday, the Minnesota Orchestra will play the centerpiece concert of its two-week South African tour just in front of the church's altar.