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Conductor Claudio Abbado Featured This Week on Symphony @ 7

3, 2014

This week on Symphony @ 7, we’ll pay tribute to the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado by presenting a range of recordings spanning different periods of his conducting career, culminating Friday evening in a big performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.

21 Years in the Making, Brahms’ First on Symphony @ 7

12, 2013

So aware was Johannes Brahms of Beethoven’s spirit looking over his shoulder, it took him a very long time to get around to completing a first symphony. In fact he was 43 when Symphony No. 1 in C minor premiered in 1876. Three other major works for orchestra had already appeared before the First Symphony: Serenades 1 and 2 (1857 and 1859) and the First Piano Concerto (1858).

A Concerto for Four Guitars on Next Fretworks

24, 2013

We’ll have a concerto for four guitars and orchestra on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101. That’s a lot of guitar strings played by the Romeros in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz.

Pianist Jonathan Biss: Classical Music Can Be for Anyone

24, 2013

“The only condition you really need to appreciate music is openness to it,” says pianist Jonathan Biss. “If you go into the experience of hearing a piece or hearing discussion of a piece … with your ears wide open and with a desire to go deeper into it, it doesn’t matter all that much how much knowledge you have already.”

The Emotional Power of Beethoven’s Music

17, 2013

“(Beethoven),” says pianist Jonathan Biss, “can make us feel that he’s reinventing the world.”

Pianist Jonathan Biss on Beethoven As Cultural Hero

Pianist Jonathan Biss talks with Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick about Beethoven as Cultural Icon.
10, 2013

Last week I told you about concert pianist Jonathan Biss’ online course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas, offered through Coursera in conjunction with the Curtis Institute of Music. The course has 25,000 participants, who log on weekly to hear one of the world’s foremost pianists talk about one of the greatest composers of piano music.

Online Beethoven Course Attracts 25,000 Students

3, 2013

Today is the first day of school for the nearly 25,000 students enrolled in Biss’ online course “Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.”

Get in There and Fight

Fight scene from Il Trovatore.
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?

Why Play Classical Music to Babies In Utero? Because They Like It!

color photograph of Amy Juravich's baby bump, with Amy holding black headphones
One British classical music writer says babies boogie in utero to classical music.
6, 2013

Think classical music can’t reach kids? One British music writer tells of his twins bopping to Beethoven – in the womb.

A Rustic Wedding and Whale Songs For Earth Day

22, 2013

Celebrating Earth Day 2013 on Symphony @7 this evening, we’ll have two works that have an outdoor setting, one with human beings in harmony with their natural surroundings, and one taking us beneath the ocean and portraying the great whales, whose realm is very much threatened by human activity.