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Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

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Heitor Villa-Lobos (center) at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
1:19PM
August 14, 2014

This Saturday evening on Fretworks, I’ll have the Guitar Concerto from Brazil’s best-known composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was written for Andres Segovia, who gave the first performance of this popular work in 1956. We’ll hear the Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez in a recording with the English Chamber Orchestra.

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.”

Classical Burnout: Don’t Lose Your Love For Music

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1:46PM
August
13, 2014

Young people are burning out studying music. Must one study music to love music?

A Bilingual Classical Music Experience Saturday On Classical 101

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Join Classical 101 Saturday's at 8pm for Concierto!
1:21PM
August
13, 2014

Listen to Classical 101’s newest program, Concierto, Saturday nights at 8. It’s a weekly celebration of the Latin contribution to classical music. And you can hear it each week in English and in Spanish. This week in anticipation of a historic visit to the US by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, hear the orchestra [...]

Music in the Midst of Conflict

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Soldiers take a banjo break from the fighting.
11:05AM
August
12, 2014

Is there ever a place where music is not welcome?

American Attitude on The American Sound, 6pm Saturday

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American music with pluck on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday, on Classical 101.
1:40PM
August 7, 2014

Call it the can-do spirit run amok, or call it an extra dose of chutzpah – whatever name you give it, a thread of defiance has always run through the American psyche.

Pain, Pleasure and Purcell: Why a Ground Bass Hurts So Good

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How Henry Purcell transformed cycles of desire and pain into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.
10:00AM
July
30, 2014

From the circular ground bass patterns of Baroque music, to the Guggenheim Museum’s sloping, spiraling floors, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick explains how Henry Purcell transformed pain into pleasure – and into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.

Mozart Minute Podcast: Fiordiligi

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Catch The Mozart Minute every Friday at noon during the Amadeus Deli, and listen to the podcast at wosu.org/podcasts.
11:35AM
July 25, 2014

You’d think an opera composer as great as Mozart was would write an opera role as demanding as that of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte only for a top-notch singer. But did he?

Purcell’s Groove: The Anatomy of an Unlikely Musical Obsession

Les Concert des Nations in performance.
Les Concert des Nations in performance.
10:30AM
July
21, 2014

Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick found an unlikely musical obsession in a gorgeous performance of a tiny little movement by Henry Purcell.

Mozart Minute: Man’s Best Friend

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Catch The Mozart Minute every Friday at noon during the Amadeus Deli, and listen to the Mozart Minute podcast at wosu.org/podcasts.
11:40AM
July 18, 2014

Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick opines that if Mozart were alive today, he’d be the kind of guy to push the pooch home in a pram after doggie play dates, dress it in designer sweaters and feed it nummy organic treats from upscale pet boutiques.