A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012

On Silfra, violinist Hilary Hahn improvises with prepared pianist Hauschka.
On Silfra, violinist Hilary Hahn improvises with prepared pianist Hauschka.
6:00AM
December
27, 2012

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.

When A Thoughtful Cellist Meets An Imaginative Composer

On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas Adès guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composers.
On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas Adès guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composer
8:56AM
December
26, 2012

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.

The Pure Power Of Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’

Choir
Simplicity, it turns out, is the secret to the success of Handel's ever-popular "Hallelujah Chorus."
6:00AM
December
25, 2012

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.

What Ever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

Classical Christmas albums
A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
7:00AM
December
23, 2012

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

Chanticleer
A Chanticleer Christmas airs tonight at 7 pm on Classical 101
7:00AM
December
20, 2012

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 Morehouse-Spelman Christmas Concert

The Spelman College Glee Club.
The Spelman College Glee Club.
6:00AM
December 19, 2012

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.

A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico

Stile Antico
The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass.
7:03AM
December
18, 2012

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.

Making Music in a Modern World, Part 2

Classical Audience
Beethoven hasn't changed, but the audiences have.
4:14PM
December
31, 2006

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.

Aaron Copland: The American Sound Defined

Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland, master of the American Sound.
1:31PM
December
29, 2006

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.