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Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

Heitor Villa-Lobos at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
Heitor Villa-Lobos (center) at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
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.

Music of Bach on 8-String Guitar on Next Fretworks

13, 2014

On Saturday evening at 7 on classical 101, the next Fretworks broadcast will feature Paul Galbraith and his 8-string guitar for music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Double Mozart on Symphony @ 7 For His Birthday

27, 2014

Undeniably one of the greatest composers who ever lived, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this date in 1756. It is still a miracle when we consider the astonishing quality of music he left us, all written in the brief 35 years he had on this earth. And there was plenty of it, too.

In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakov
July 2, 2013

If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony? Join the conversation in our summer-long exploration of the American symphony. Who writes symphonies in the U.S. these days? And who hears them?

A musical toast to the Top Ten Classical Mothers

8, 2013

Haydn’s father would play the harp, while iss mother sang the melodies.

From Haydn: A Paris Symphony Fit for a Queen

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Marie Antoinette1788
November 5, 2012

It’s said that Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 in Bb was the favorite of Queen Marie Antoinette.  This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have ample proof of his enduring popularity with a new recording of theParis Symphony known as La Reine.

Take A Tour Of The Haydn Room At Esterhaza

14, 2011

Catch a glimpse of Haydn’s Hungarian haunts.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 85: Music Fit For a Queen

Joseph Haydn (portrait by Thomas Hardy)
Joseph Haydn (portrait by Thomas Hardy, 1972).
April 27, 2011

With 104 numbered symphonies to his name, Franz Joseph Haydn has been called “The Father of the Symphony” but how did they get their names?

Classical Haiku: Haydn and His Practical Jokes

April 1, 2011

Who better to spotlight in haiku on both April Fool’s Day and the first day of National Poetry Month than Franz Joseph Haydn, that great musical prankster?

Alison Balsom Offers Some Late Night Classical Music

Alison Balson with trumpet.
English trumpet soloist Alison Balsom.
14, 2010

With appearances on Late Show with David Letterman, a new album and documentary, the trumpet solist Alison Balsom is making classical music more glamorous and accessible.