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Classical Showcase Features the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
1:48PM
October
23, 2014

Classical Showcase continues its series of concerts from the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland on Friday evening at 7 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons.  They’ll play a program of music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Ravel.

A Mandolin Concerto and Iberia Suite on Fretworks

12:49PM
October
23, 2014

Fretworks usually features the classical guitar, and there is plenty of that on the next program, but this week, I’ll also have a mandolin concerto from the end of the 18th century by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Hummel was a student of Mozart for two years as a youngster and later a friend of Beethoven Vienna.

Sleepers Awake to J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata

6:33AM
October
21, 2014

If you think you get cranky when you miss that first morning cup of java, how about this: “If I couldn’t, three times a day, be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee, in my anguish, I will turn into a shriveled-up roast goat.”

In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr-Beethoven: Making Music by Force

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr
3:46PM
October
20, 2014

Much of Beethoven’s music seemed to have been driven into the page with a hammer and chisel…

Concierto Madrigal for Two Guitars by Rodrigo on Fretworks

1:45PM
October
17, 2014

Our next Fretworks program on Classical 101 will feature the Concierto Madrigal by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. It’s a concerto for two guitars, not quite as well-known as the more famous Concierto de Aranjuez. The Concierto Madrigal was written in the form of a suite and is based on the Renaissance madrigal “Felices ojos mios” (Happy Eyes of Mine).

Was Beethoven Good or Bad for Music?

Musikinstrumente: Graf-Flügel
One of Beethoven's pianos, on display at the Beethoven-haus Bonn
8:13AM
October
17, 2014

Have we killed creativity?

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on Classical Showcase

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
1:57PM
October 16, 2014

On our Friday evening broadcast of Classical Showcase this week, we’ll hear the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim conducting a program that includes two contemporary works and a concert performance of the second act of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

One Good Turn Deserves Another for Guitarist Milos Karadaglic

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Milos Karadaglic
7:58AM
October 13, 2014

Milos Karadaglic,one of the stars of the classical guitar world, is already helping other talented younger performers find their way.

Classical Showcase at The Lucerne Festival Next Four Weeks

Luzerne, Switzerland by Horst Michael Lechner
Luzerne, Switzerland by Horst Michael Lechner
11:11AM
October 9, 2014

The next four Classical Showcase broadcasts Friday evenings at 7 pm on Classical 101, will feature performances from the 2014 Lucerne Festival near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. This Friday’s performance will showcase the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus with alto Sara Mingardo in a Brahms program conducted by Andris Nelsons.

Classical Showcase Presents Last Night of the 2014 BBC Proms

Outside the Royal Albert Hal during the BBC Proms season of 2008
Outside the Royal Albert Hal during the BBC Proms season of 2008
6:00AM
October 2, 2014

On Friday evening at 7 pm, Classical 101 will present the Last Night of the 2014 BBC Proms in London. The event took place on September 13th at the Royal Albert Hall, but we’ll have a two hour concert presentation of the musical highlights for our Classical Showcase.