From the versatility of the violin to the virtuosity of a mysterious opera composer, NPR’s Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic set of the year’s best classical recordings.
Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist-composer Thomas Adès play together with uncommon instinct and energy. They shine in a recital of disparate pieces, culminating in a world-premiere recording of an eclectic new work by Adès.
Composer-commentator Rob Kapilow examines what makes Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” one of the best known — and best loved — pieces in all of music. He says the exuberance is powered by a few deceptively simple techniques.
The flow of good classical Christmas albums seems to have slowed to a trickle. And that’s got one holiday listener longing for holiday albums from years past, from Jessye Norman’s Christmastide, Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite and carols led by Robert Shaw.
A Chanticleer Christmas is a one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men’s choir. Listen tonight at 7 pm on Classical 101.
The choirs of two prestigious historically black institutions present a spine-tingling concert program. In a Christmas celebration, the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs perform spirituals, carols and sacred texts, tonight at 7 pm on Classical 101.
Hear the acclaimed British choral group in concert at the acoustically rich St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass tonight at 7 pm on Classical 101.
Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about the fact that Ludwig van Beethoven hasn’t changed: audiences have, and sometimes it’s difficult to ‘sell’ classical composers to a live audience.
Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Aaron Copeland , whose famous compositions, including Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Rodeo and his Fanfare for the Common Man, stand as the epitome of the American sound.