Classical 101 Archives For October 2014

From Baroque to Contemporary Music for Guitar on Fretworks

1:47PM
May
30, 2013

The next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 will feature the exciting young guitarist from Montenegro, Milos Karadaglic.  This fine artist from the Baltic region of the former Yugoslavia is making quite an impression, and we’ll have music from his recent Deutsche Grammophon CD, including a famous anonymous piece arranged for orchestra and a mesmerizing [...]

Get in There and Fight

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Fight scene from Il Trovatore.
10:01AM
May
30, 2013

What would you prefer to hear in performance? Every note perfectly played or the excitement of an occasional mistake? What would you rather experience? A robotic performance or the blood of an artist on stage?

Writer Goes On ‘Listening Diet’ To Learn To Love Some Music

6:00AM
May
30, 2013

Adam Baer says that his deep. dark secret is that there is quite a bit of music he “cannot stand.” He decided to go on a listening diet in an attempt to change his tune.

Opera Singer Sings with Donated Lungs

6:00AM
May
29, 2013

Doctors told soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick that her advanced pulmonary hypertension would kill her dream of becoming an opera singer – and might even kill her. She thought they were wrong. And today, she’s singing.

Who was Liberace, really?

9:41AM
May
28, 2013

Musically speaking there was much more to Liberace than candelabras and cabaret songs. When he was 20, he played the 2nd Piano Concerto by Franz Liszt with the Chicago Symphony.

Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Rite Of Spring’ Counterrevolution

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After his shocking ballet, The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky branched out in surprising directions.
6:00AM
May
27, 2013

Not long after his shocking ballet, the composer branched out into a broad range of styles, ushering in new musical trends far from the violent tone of his iconic Rite of Spring.

Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

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6:00AM
May
26, 2013

Watch the young violinist spin out music by John Williams and Bach in sweet and soulful tendrils of sound. Wielding a 1717 Gariel Strad worth $10 million, Benedetti performs with warmth and approachable grace that’s simply enchanting.

Starting Today: The First Van Cliburn Competition without Cliburn

photograph of a piano keyboard at an unusual angle, with interesting blurred effects
The 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - the first since the death of the competition's namesake - takes place May 24-June 9 in Fort Worth, Texas.
10:00AM
May
24, 2013

The 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – and the first since since the death of its namesake in February – begins today.

From China & Japan to Spain, Italy, and U.S.A. on Fretworks

Xuefei Yang in 2008
Xuefei Yang in 2008
1:38PM
May 23, 2013

The Asian Festival is taking place in Columbus this weekend and coinciding with that event, several performers and musical works from that part of the world will be featured on the next Fretworks, Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101.

A Youthful Symphony by Richard Wagner on his 200th Birthday.

Richard Wagner c.1840
Richard Wagner c.1840, by Ernest Benedikt Kietz
6:55PM
May 22, 2013

Richard Wagner was born 200 years ago today.  He is, of course, one of the greatest opera composers of all time.  In the 19th Century, only Giuseppe Verdi, who was also born in 1813, could be considered his equal.   The debate over the relative merits of German opera versus Italian opera, as exemplified by these [...]