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A Danish Affirmation of Life from Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva

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Carl Nielsen listening to the rehersal of Saul og David in Gothenburg in 1928.
2:48PM
August 13, 2014

Danish composer Carl Nielsen spoke of the first movement of his Sinfonia espansiva as “a gust of energy and life-affirmation blown out into the wide world,” and called the finale of his Third Symphony “a hymn to work and the healthy activity of everyday life.”

Paganini Concerto for Guitar with Nicola Hall on Fretworks

1:19PM
August
7, 2014

The next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7pm will feature British guitarist Nicola Hall as the soloist for an arrangement of Niccolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor in a recording made in 1992.

Music of Peace from Great Composers in the First World War

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Cortot Landscape 1870
3:08PM
August 6, 2014

It was called “The Great War,” then “The War to End All Wars,” and finally, “The First World War,” a dubious distinction considering what it implies about the future. But even in times of great destruction and turmoil and its aftermath, music has the power to supply much needed solace and beauty.

Kansas Farmer Plays Trombone, Messes with Cows

1:09PM
August
6, 2014

Farmer Derek Klingenberg plays his trombone till the cows come home.

ProMusica Cellist Wants to Demystify Classical Music

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Nathaniel Chaitkin and his musical friends
2:07PM
July
29, 2014

ProMusica Cellist Nathaniel Chaitkin says Bach and beatbox have more in common than you might imagine.

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Featured on Symphony @ 7

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Herbert Von Karajan
3:40PM
July
22, 2014

This week on Symphony @ 7, I’ll be featuring some notable recordings Herbert Von Karajan made with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Nora The Piano Cat ‘Catcerto’ Comes To The Concert Hall

2:55PM
July
15, 2014

Nora the Piano Cat embarks on a video tour.

The Changing Sounds of Orchestras

12:51PM
July
10, 2014

Recently, one of the premier American orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, underwent another personnel change that may affect, even if subtly, the sound of that esteemed ensemble.

Concerto of the South on Next Fretworks

10:44AM
July
10, 2014

Mexican composer Manuel Ponce wrote his Concerto of the South, which features native Mexican rhythms and harmonies combine with the composer’s own original themes will be featured on Fretworks Saturday night at 7pm on Classical 101.

Monster Pianos

1:53AM
July
9, 2014

Playing piano with your feet…your teacher would have been appalled!